MURRELLS INLET—Gloria “Jean” McGowan, 76, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2 at National Healthcare Garden City in Murrells Inlet. 

Jean was born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on July 21, 1943.  She was the daughter of the late Thelma L. Cubbage Hoffman and Joseph W. Hoffman.

Jean graduated from Conemaugh Township High School in Davidsville, Pennsylvania.  She married husband Raymond “John” McGowan on March 29, 1962, in Raleigh, North Carolina.  

Jean was a former employee of the Library of Congress United States Copyright Office in Washington, D.C., J. P. Ryon Elementary School in Waldorf, Maryland, and retiring after 25 years of service at Project Hope in Millwood, Virginia.

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 and sisters Alice and husband Dick and Anna Lea Lubas and husband John.

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

A funeral service was held at McMillan-Small Funeral Home on Oc. 5. .

Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Ste. 800, Miami, FL 33131 or

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