Memories of Laura A. Chovan

Laura A. Chovan1910 - 2009

Laura A. Chovan

Laura A. Chovan (August 23, 1910 - March 2, 2009) Mrs. Laura A. Chovan , 98 of Gainesville, formerly of Greenwood, South Carolina and Washington D.C. died Monday March 2, 2009 at her daughter Mimiís residence. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday March 6, 2009 in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville. The Rev. Paul Hanna and the Rev. Tom Jones will officiate. The family will receive friends after the service in the gathering room at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Good News at Noon Clinic, 810 Pine Street, Gainesville, Ga. 30501,The Chancel Choir at the First United Methodist Church 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, Ga. 30506 or oneís favorite charity. Born in Seneca, South Carolina, Mrs. Chovan had lived in Gainesville for the past 12 years. The daughter of the late Joshua and Maud Merry Arrington, she was a graduate of Greenwood High School, and Lander College in Greenwood, S.C., Mrs. Chovan was a retired teacher, beginning her career in Honea Path, S.C. where she met her late husband, Philip Chovan. A life long educator, she nurtured and inspired many students in South Carolina and the Washington D.C. area. She used her unique skills in teaching, supervising other teachers of remedial reading, and working with ESOL students. She will also be remembered for her performance as Martha Washington in many southern cities. Sustained and strengthened by her Christian faith she was a member of the Gainesville First United Methodist Church. She was Regent of the Continental Chapter of the NSDAR in Washington D.C. and later joined the Mt. Ariel Chapter, Greenwood S.C. and at the time of her death was a member of the Battle Born Chapter, Carson City, NV. Survivors include her Daughters and Sons-in-law; Mimi and George Bowden, Gainesville; Merry and Chris Romine, Washoe Valley, NV; Son and Daughter-in-law; Philip and Lynda Chovan, Marietta; Grandchildren; Cameron, Todd, Chris and Heather; Two Great Grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews also survive. As a direct decendent of Milton Antoni, founder of the Medical College of Georgia she willed her body to MCG for scientific research.

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