Marcia Levins Cowee
August 11, 2009
Forty-year Aspen resident Marcia Levins Cowee passed away peacefully in Monterey, California’s community hospital on July 21. She had been admitted days earlier with advanced pneumonia.
A hugely talented artist, a strong woman with a lively and unforgettable presence, Marcia was loved and highly regarded by the Aspen community. She attended the Community Church of Aspen. An outdoors enthusiast, she enjoyed Alpine and Nordic skiing, hiking and fishing Aspen’s abundant high mountain lakes.
A native of Michigan (born Sept. 2, 1920), Marcia graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Following studies at the Art Institute of Florence in Italy, Marcia – a mother of three (Joe, Michael and Corey) – moved to Aspen in the ’60s with Corey, her youngest son. She became a ski instructor with the Aspen Ski Corporation. It was also during this period that she gained recognition as an award-winning artist, specializing in a wide range of media including papermaking, oils and acrylics.
In the early ’70s, she and her husband, retired A.F. Lt. Colonel Jim Cowee, became two of the earliest North American residents of Roatan (in the Bay Islands, Honduras) – building a landmark home that offered dramatic views of the Caribbean. For many years thereafter, they divided their time between their beloved Aspen and island homes – until Jim’s death in 1994.
Marcia moved to Carmel, Calif. in 2003 but continued to spend two or three months a year in Roatan. She had, in fact, just returned from Roatan in April of this year.
She lived a good, active and adventuresome life, traveled extensively, and had friends all over the world.
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Marcia is survived by grandchildren Joseph Frank Levins, Molly Levins Guidinger and Ellie Levins Oksanen, and by stepchildren Lisa Cowee Maragon, Jacqueline Cowee Middleton, and Jon Cowee. Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.