WATERVILLE -- Eleanor McCowan, nee Logan, died May 17, at the age of 91 at her home in Waterville. She was at peace with her death and was grateful for a long and happy life.

She grew up in Woodbridge, N.J., where she developed an independent spirit sailing her tiny Wee Scot sloop amidst the large boats in New York Harbor.

After high school, she worked several jobs in New York City, including fashion modeling, in order to fund further education at Syracuse University where she met and married her husband of 60 years, Leslie McCowan. Together they raised four children and enjoyed an active, outdoor lifestyle.

A move to Mooselookmeguntic Lake in the Rangeley Lakes region was a perfect fit for her interests where she enjoyed skiing, boating and fly-fishing, and at the age of 80 was still serving as a volunteer ski instructor for a public schools program at Saddleback Mountain.

She also enjoyed painting, and dozens of her landscapes are displayed by family and friends.

She had a fierce desire to remain independent and at the age of 90 was caught filling her bird feeders standing on two books atop a chair. She had smiles and laughter for all she met, and it can truly be said that she was loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by her adult children Evelyn "Cricket" and husband Mike, of Winslow, Brian and wife Patsy, Bob and wife Laurie, and Sue and husband Guy; grandchildren Nick and wife Briana, Katy, Caryn, Jen and Meagan; and great-grandchild Sage.

She was predeceased by her husband, Les; sister Ethel; and brother Hargas. She was a lover of dogs and at the time of her death had nine photos of her last springer spaniel, Kilty, on her walls.

Her ashes will join her husband's at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Augusta. Services will be private as she desired.

In recognition of the care she afforded her husband, the family requests that donations be made to the Maine Chapter of the , 383 U.S. Route 1, suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074; http://www.alz.org/maine/in_my_community_donate.asp

Donations would also be gratefully accepted by the Humane Society which she long supported: http://www.humanesociety.org/donate.

Published in Central Maine on May 22, 2013