Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, February 4, 2023

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, February 4, 2023 



by Deanne Davis


 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing 
of Trudy Lucie Cowell, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, 
great-grandmother, true friend to many, 
and all-around amazing human being. Trudy passed 
peacefully in her bed on December 16, 2022 at the 
age of 95. She was in the company of loved ones when 
she moved on to her eternal home in heaven. While 
the sorrow remains, so does the joy of celebrating 
the life of a truly remarkable woman.

Trudy was born in Holywood, Ireland on March 3, 
1927 to parents Rose and William Shannon. She remembered 
her childhood fondly.

Fun-loving Trudy fittingly met her future husband, Peter Cowell, on the tennis courts in her hometown. 
They married on March 28, 1949 and loved each other fiercely for 66 years until Peter passed in 2015.

Trudy and Peter started their family in Shrewsbury, England where they had their first son, David. In 1952, 
they moved across the Atlantic to California. They immigrated to America on the Queen Mary ship and 
ultimately landed in Sierra Madre where they had two more sons, Paul and Shaun.

Trudy always had a funny story to share. She enjoyed playing games. She loved fixing up houses with Peter. 
She loved recounting her past over a home-made meal. She loved to garden and loved to travel. She loved 
hosting holidays, and game nights. Trudy was confident and funny. She loved life and she loved to laugh. 
She brought fiery fun to every room she entered.

Trudy was adamant about expressing her appreciation for those she loved. She was always there for her 
family. Oftentimes, when someone visited, she’d say, “you made my day”. 

She leaves behind her 3 sons and their wives, and a bunch of grandchildren and great grandchildren. She 
adored them all. She will be greatly missed. May she Rest In Peace.

Her memorial service will be held at Zook mortuary on February 4, 2023 @ 12:30. Reception to follow. 

“How beautiful on the mountains are 
the feet of those who bring good news, 
who proclaim peace, who bring good 
tidings…” Isa.52:7

“A lot of times good news happens 
slowly and bad news happens all at 
once; so we tend to focus on the bad 
news that’s crashing over us in waves, 
and not on the slow long-term work 
that people are doing together to 
try to make a better world for us to 
share.” John Green

“Bad news travels at the speed of 
light; good news travels like molasses.” 
Tracy Morgan

Are you beginning to feel a little 
nervous about turning on the news 
or picking up the newspaper for fear 
that you’re going to hear another 
horrible story where innocent people 
have been shot for no reason, angry 
people have done terrible things 
to each other and the price of everything keeps going up and the stock market keeps 
going down?

Today is Good News Day, even if we have to look under rocks to find some! Here’s my 
first Good News story: The picture today is my granddaughter, Emily, who is 12 and 
in the 7th grade. With her is Quackers, who is the class mascot of her particular 7th 
grade home room. Each Friday another inmate of Mrs. Barber’s class gets to take home 
Quackers. Their assignment for the weekend is to show Quackers a good time and 
take pictures to document his fabulous weekend vacation. This picture shows Emily 
and Quackers posing during the hike they took with Auntie Leah. They scaled mountains, 
climbed over huge boulders, went down the slide at the park, had spaghetti and 
meatballs at an Italian restaurant, visited the Tesla charging station. Quackers was 
exhausted but happy and so was Emily.

Good News Story #2: Sue Spears, who is the Donations Secretary for the Fletcher 
Trail Maintenance Fund sent me the nicest note talking about the damages to our 
beloved Mt. Wilson Trail… “There is a section of the Mt. Wilson Trail that required 
the installation of a 30-foot wooden bridge to make the trail passable. This is the worst 
cumulative trail damage in over 30 years and it will take time to fix.” Sue’s husband, 
Bob Spears, is the Sierra Madre Volunteer Trail Maintenance Crew Leader. In case 
you didn’t know, the necessary supplies and tools used by the volunteers (all labor on 
Mt. Wilson and Bailey Canyon Trails is done by community volunteers) are paid for 
with tax-deductible community donations to the Fletcher Trail Maintenance Fund 
as neither the City of Sierra Madre nor the US Forest Service provides any funds for 
supplies or labor.

So, here’s the good news part: Folks are donating, volunteering and showing up to see 
how they can help. If you’d like to be part of seeing that these fantastic trail volunteers 
have all the stuff they need to put the trails back together, here’s what you can do:

You can send a tax-deductible donation to Sierra Madre Community Foundation and 
put Fletcher Trail Maintenance Fund on the memo line. Mail it to: P O Box 716, Sierra 
Madre CA 91025. Or you can go to the Sierra Madre Community Foundation website: and make your contribution through PayPal. 

Good News Story #3: Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away. Holy Moley, you’re 
saying to yourself! I didn’t realize it was so soon. If you want to go out to dinner, make 
that reservation today. If you want to order flowers and I heartily recommend flowers, 
call Lisa at Ixora right here in town – (626) 355-0040 – and order something for your 
sweetie. Everything Lisa creates is awesome and you’ll be glad you planned ahead. 
You can stop in and see her, too. Ixora is at 35 E. Montecito. Yes, ladies, you can order 
flowers for your guy. 

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. 

Good News Story #4: The Super Bowl* is next Sunday! This is your last opportunity 
for a while to make the biggest bowl of guacamole possible, buy every kind of chip you 
can find, stock up on adult beverages and gather all the fun people you know to watch 
the commercials. The game occasionally is more like the Stupor Bowl than the Super 
Bowl, but the commercials are always great.

Fans can expect to see commercials for Michelob Ultra, Bud Light and Busch Light. 
Altogether, there will be three minutes of national advertisements by Anheuser-Busch, 
which will cost the company more than $20 million.

There will also be 30-second spots for other brands, like Heineken and Diageo. Pepsi 
is no longer the sponsor of the halftime show as Apple Music has taken its place. Apple 
Music is reportedly paying the NFL $50 million per year for the new sponsorship 
rights. Rihanna will be the half-time star and I’m sure there will be absolutely no 
“wardrobe malfunctions!”

Good News Story #5: Well, maybe it’s not a good news story, but it’s a good news suggestion: 
Watch “Shotgun Wedding” on Prime starring Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel. 
Cheech Marin is in there, too. This movie is so much fun and you’ll laugh out 
loud. My dear friend, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez is one of Jennifer Lopez’s two stunt 
doubles and that was great news!

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t 
know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish and 
what your potential is! Anne Frank

Look for good news this week, dear friends and neighbors, even if you have to look 
under a rock to find some!

In a world where you can be anything you want to be…Be KIND!

My book page: Deanne Davis

There are adventures galore available there:

True tales of early California, a story about a well-traveled violin,

Emma Gainsworth and her horrific encounters with pumpkins,

So many Kindle stories to enjoy. Take a look!

*From the Editor:


Here’s an interesting and fun talk for those of you who enjoy California architecture, history, geology, 
and… river rock construction! Architect Barry Schweiger will be telling us about the building 
and endurance of Southern California’s river rock homes, churches, castles, waiting stations, 
and even water troughs, built in the period of 1885-1935. He’ll be talking about the land, the new 
towns of the time, and the men who built the stone buildings that have lasted for generations. The 
talk is at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 16 at the Hart Park House in Memorial Park. 

Everyone is invited to attend, and entrance is $5. 


The following represents a summary report of some of the major incidents handled 
by the Sierra Madre Police Department during this period. This list is not intended 
to be considered exclusive or all-inclusive. 

Friday, January 27th Hit and Run Traffic Collision 

At approximately 8 AM, officers responded to the 400 block of E Sierra Madre Blvd for reports 
of a theft. The reporting party stated that unknown suspect(s) struck the front of his parked 
vehicle with out exchanging insurance information. There was property damage only. The Detectives' 
Bureau is following up on this incident. 

Saturday, January 28th Theft 

At approximately 2 PM, officers responded to the 500 block of Audubon Way for reports of a 
theft. The reporting party stated that unknown suspect(s) stole a package from their front door. 
The Detectives' Bureau is following up on this incident

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