A 50th reunion to remember

DOWNEY - Ovenia Scoggins Coy Gowan, a longtime Downey resident and graduate of Excelsior High School, class of 1938, was in town this past weekend. She was staying at the Embassy Suites where there was a 50th reunion of Downey High School's class of 1961.But Gown was not here for that celebration. She was here to escort her son, Dr. Gerald Coy, a local chiropractor and director of the non-profit CHER Clinic, to his 50th Bellflower High School class reunion. Twenty-two years earlier, Dr. Coy had escorted his mother to her 50th reunion, and when it came time for his, he informed her that she had to reciprocate. So Saturday night at the Anaheim Embassy Suites, 90-year-old Gowan walked into the ballroom of "kids" she had known. She was greeted by those who had known her for her hospitality so many years earlier. Her home was always open for the friends of her son to come and spend time. Some of the "kids" remembered how this was a warm home for them to enjoy being with friends, having a good time and staying out of trouble. As she left the event, those who knew her invited her to come back to the 60th reunion (with or without her son!). She informed them that she planned on it.

********** Published: October 27, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 28