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My name is Judith Louise Fritz Smith Cowan and my husband's name is Jerry Cowan. I was born
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in November of 1941.
My parents, Homer and Virginia Fritz, had a second daughter when I was nearly three, whom they named Pamela Dee.

I grew up in Glenwood, IA, and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1960. I attended Barnes Beauty College in Council Bluffs, IA.

I met my first husband, Jim Smith, when he was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, near Glenwood. We had three children, Robert Fritz, 5/19/65; Suzanne Louise, 2/21/68; and Cody James, 12/6/77. We lived in Glenwood, Iowa City, Davenport, Iowa City, Arvada, CO, and Carlisle, IA. We divorced in 1986.

In 1999, Jerry Cowan of Algona, IA, and I were married in a small ceremony in our home in Des Moines; my parents served as our maid of honor and best man.

After spending our vacations in Florida for many years, in 2002 we bought a lot and built a new home in Cape Coral. We lived in a camping trailer on Pine Island starting in late December 2002, while waiting for our home to be completed. On March 1, 2003, we moved into our new home at 600 NW 36th Place, Cape Coral.

On March 17, 2003, I was diagnosed with a recurrence of the breast cancer I was surgically and medically treated for in 1995. It was in my
bones, spine, lungs, and liver. Miraculously, I am now enjoying an amazing remission of the disease.

I am very blessed to be alive and to enjoy my many wonderful friends and beautiful family. Rob and Susan/KC, MO now have two children: Tessa Jean, born 5/18/96; and Sam, born 1/11/01. Suzanne and Jack/Denver, CO have one little boy, Mitchell, born 6/30/02 and a daughter, Erin, (01/10/93) from Jack's first marriage; and Cody and Amy have a little boy, Jude, born 7/19/03, and a daughter, Elena, born March 2, 2006.

Jerry has two children: Jeff, married to Cheryl and father to two children; Jack and Sydney; they live in Minneapolis. Cathy, married to Steven and mother to four children ... Kelsie, Maggie, Michael, and Molly; they live in Estherville, IA.

I lost my mom to a stroke in January of 2001, and my dad to a heart attach in February of 2006.

I made my career in the marketing department at what is now Wells Fargo Financial, head-quartered in Des Moines, IA. I retired after 21 years of service.

Jerry and I moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in November of 2005. We now are able to see our children and grandchildren more often. We enjoy keeping in close contact with them and our friends through this Blog, phone calls, and e-mail.

That's us in a nutshell. Thanks for dropping by!


Seashell hunting, reading, gardening, decorating, playing piano, enjoying and entertaining family and friends.