Molly McGowan

Mary Adair McGowan (1926 - 1943)

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Mary Adair (Molly) McGowan
Born in Bellingham, Washingtonmap
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Died in Coronado, Californiamap
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Molly is the only child of Leo and Irvine Lidstone McGowan. She was born in Bellingham, Washington, and moved to Newport, Rhode Island, when her naval officer father was stationed there. Her father died when Molly was 13, and Molly and her mother moved to Inglewood, California to live with her grandmother.[1]

Molly died at age 16[2] of Hodgkin's disease. She was buried with her father at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.[3] A memorial was established in her name at Coronado High School in San Diego, California.[4]


  1. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 September 2016), Mary Mcgowan in household of Irene Mcgowan, Tract 337B, Palos Verdes Estates, Inglewood Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19-859, sheet 12A, family 119, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 235.
  2. "California, Death Index, 1940-1997," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 Sep 2014), Mary Adair Mcgowan, 10 Jan 1943; citing Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
  3. "Mary A. McGowan Buried at Arlington," Swift County (Minn.) Monitor, 15 January, 1943, p. 1.
  4. "Remembering Molly McGowan"

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Leo, Irvine, and Molly McGowan
Leo, Irvine, and Molly McGowan

Sarah Breen McGowan and family
Sarah Breen McGowan and family

Molly McGowan
Molly McGowan

Molly McGOWAN as a baby
Molly McGOWAN as a baby

Irvine and Molly McGowan
Irvine and Molly McGowan

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