Jean McGowan

Jean McGowan

Gloria “Jean” McGowan, 76, of Murrells Inlet, SC passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at National Healthcare Garden City in Murrells Inlet, SC.  Jean was born in Somerset County, PA on July 21, 1943.  She is the daughter of the late Thelma L. Cubbage Hoffman and Joseph W. Hoffman.

Jean graduated from Conemaugh Township High School in Davidsville, PA.  She married her husband, Raymond “John” McGowan on March 29, 1962 in Raleigh, NC.  Jean was a former employee of the Library of Congress United States Copyright Office in Washington, DC, J. P. Ryon Elementary School in Waldorf, MD, and retiring after 25 years of service at Project Hope in Millwood, VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Leonard Hoffman and wife Alice, Joseph Jr. and wife Donna, Kenneth and wife Opal, and Willard and wife Minnie; sisters, Alice and husband Dick, and Anna Lea Lubas and husband John.

Jean is survived by her husband Raymond “John” of 57 years of Murrells Inlet, SC; her children, Christine Byars of Summerville, SC, Mark McGowan and wife Lisa of Myrtle Beach, SC, and John McGowan and wife Michelle of Cross Junction, VA; beloved grandchildren, Chase and Madison Byars of Summerville, SC, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A funeral service will be held at McMillan-Small Funeral Home on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm.  The family will receive friends following the funeral service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Ste. 800, Miami, FL 33131 or


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Julie Mitchell
Winchester, Virginia
Created On: 10/07/2019 23:24:43

Jean was a kind and gentle woman. She was always welcoming and made people feel comfortable. I am blessed to have known her and to call her family. She was loved by everyone in my family and will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace knowing she was loved by so many.

Bill Layden
Created On: 10/06/2019 15:51:31

Jean was a lovely lady in many different ways. She will be missed by so many people whose lives she has touched. Prayers for her family and may God welcome her into His Kingdom.

Joy Fogg
Winchester, VA
Created On: 10/05/2019 22:10:35

Sincere condolences to the McGowan family. Jean was a dear friend to many people, especially those in her Project HOPE family. I always thought of Jean as a beautiful lady .... inside and out. She had a lovely, gentle way about her with a special sense of humor too. She made the world a better place.

Judy, Mike, and Melanie Gruca
Cranberry Township, PA
Created On: 10/04/2019 19:05:35

Jean, we love you for the beauty and grace you have shown us all. You were the sweetness every family needs. You were the fun aunt that I always considered more of a sister because we were so close in age. My heart breaks at your departure from us. We truly miss and love you.

Ashleigh White
Falls Church, VA
Created On: 10/04/2019 15:20:28

My Aunt Jean was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known. Her kindness, generosity, and love for her family are just a few of her many wonderful qualities that will be sorely missed by her family.

Shemika Holmes
Created On: 10/04/2019 07:36:38

Mrs. Jean was lovely woman. I had the privilege to be around her every day. And her love radiated no matter what kind of day she was having. She was so proud of her family. By the time I actually met them I felt like I knew them because she would tell me about them everyday. I looked forward to helping her every morning because she was just a beautiful soul. Heaven gained an angel and I know she is watching over her family smiling and still very proud of how beautiful they are. The McGowan family are wonderful people and it was my pleasure to have the chance to get know them. Love is as love does and love is what the do.

Courtney McGowan
Clinton, MD
Created On: 10/04/2019 01:03:16

My Aunt Jean had the most beautiful and genuine soul of anyone I’ve ever known. She was blessing to all of us who knew and loved her. She was a loving wife to my Uncle John, and a loving mother to my cousins. I will always miss her.

Beverly McGowan
Clinton, MD
Created On: 10/04/2019 00:58:36

Jean has been a bright light in our family
for as long as I can remember.

A wonderful wife to my brother and
mother to their children.

I will always remember her as the kindest person I've ever known and will miss her.