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Ronda Lou Cowans, 49, Decatur, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, on U.S. 27, north of Decatur, after being fatally injured in an automobile accident.
She was born Wednesday, April 28, 1965, in Bluffton, the daughter of Ronnie L. Swygart and the late Betty L. (Kitchen) Swygart. She married Tyler Cowans Dec. 31, 1994, in Decatur; he survives.
Ronda was a member of Tri Kappa Sorority for 20 years, where she held several past offices and was in the sorority’s Honorary Membership. She served on the board of directors for the Adams-Wells Crisis Shelter from 1997-2013, and held the office of secretary for many years. According to the Crisis Center Executive Director Angie Gunsett, “She was so very giving of her time and dedicated to helping those in need.”
She was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Decatur and the Boys and Girls Club of Decatur. She had bowled from 1983 to 1993 at Villa Lanes as a part of the Shoemaker’s Gals bowling team.
Ronda was employed by Coldwell-Banker Roth Wehrly Graber Realtors in Fort Wayne; Subway in Decatur; and Niblick’s Bistro in Decatur until her untimely death.
She had also served as a substitute teacher at North Adams Community Schools for many years. Ronda had also previously been employed by Prestige Realty in Decatur from 1996 to 2001. During her tenure there, she achieved her real estate sales license on June 29, 2000, and went on to receive her broker’s license in June 2004. She had also worked at ABC Real Estate in Decatur; Heartland Auction and Realty in Decatur and Krueckeberg Auction and Realty in Decatur.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Mariah and Maranda Cowans, both of Decatur; a grandson, Jaiden Cowans of Decatur; her father, Ronnie (Janice) Swygart of Decatur; paternal grandmother, Wilda Mae Swygart of Berne; five sisters, Rosetta (Jerry) Bultemeier, Renea (Roger) Counterman, Raquel (Todd) Riley and Regenia (Tony) Winters, all of Decatur, and Rochell (Chad) Parr of Michigan; and a brother, Rodney (Bev Nevil) Swygart of Decatur.
Also surviving are nieces and nephews Ryan and Cecily Werling; Emily Bultemeier; Jon and Joe Counterman; Garrick and Alisha Hoverman; Eric Parr; Makayla and Madison Buckland; Colton and Cierra Swygart; Christian Weiland; Daniel and Matthew Johnson; great-nephew, Carter Perez; and many aunts and uncles.
Preceding Ronda in death were her paternal grandfather, Harold Max Swygart; and maternal grandparents Marion and Dorothy Kitchen.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Bridge Community Church, with Rev. Mo Hodge officiating.
In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to the family.