Steamboat Springs resident Jean Caroline Cowie Morrissey passed away Sept. 9, 2007. She was 75.
She was born Feb. 6, 1932, in Westfield, N.J., as an only child to George Cowie III and Muriel Lincoln Cowie. Jean earned her bachelor's degree at William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., and her master's in education from Keene State College in Keene, N.H.
Jean dedicated 31 years of her life to teaching in the Vermont public school system. She was an avid skier and traveler, but, most of all, a lover of horses. She was extremely involved in the Vermont Quarter Horse Association, the Vermont Horse Show Association and the New England Quarter Horse Association. Jean won numerous year-end championships on the Quarter Horse show circuit and also won high point awards on many competitive trail rides.
After retiring from teaching in 1993, Jean moved to Steamboat Springs. As a proud member of the "Over the Hill Gang," she got in as many ski days and social events as she could. Jean continued to ride horses, showing on the Alpine Horse and Rider Circuit, where she won several awards. She also enjoyed trail riding with her friends. Cindy, her greatest pride and joy, was a gray Quarter Horse that she raised from a foal and was well known in the local horse community.
Jean was secretary of The Dream Team for the Yampa Valley Medical Center, helping to raise money for the new hospital.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Benjamin Crawford, of Deport, Texas; two sons, Robert Rose and his husband, Leslie, of Seven Lakes, N.C., and Jonathan Rose and his wife, Cheryl, of Colorado Springs; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held Oct. 13, 2007, at a time and location to be announced later. Arrangements will be handled by the Yampa Valley Funeral Home.