In Memory of
Meretta "Alberta"

Obituary for Meretta "Alberta" Mowatt

The family is saddened to announce the passing of Meretta Jane Alberta (Cogswell) Mowatt of Oromocto on Monday, September 14, 2020. Born on March 5, 1931 in Fredericton, she was the oldest daughter of the late Elzie and Greta (Harrison) Howe and wife of the late Lyle D. Cogswell.

Alberta will be missed by her children Melda Carr (Percy) of Oromocto, NB, Brenda Mallet (Ovilda) of Maple Grove, NB, Milton Cogswell of Fredericton, NB, Karen Shears of Oromocto, NB, and Lucha Chater (Chris) of Victoria BC; six sisters Elva Carr, Leila Levison, Violet Cummings, Eleanor Fidler, Lena Mitchel, and Greta Carr; three brothers Everett Howe, Richard Howe and Elzie Howe Jr.; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Alberta was predeceased by her son Benjamin Cogswell; step-son Timothy Mowatt, her second husband Rev. Worden Mowatt, three brothers William Howe, Leon Howe, and Edward Howe; and two brothers-in-law Donald Levison and Ronald Carr.

Alberta was proud to be the first female cook in Camp Gagetown beginning in 1957 and continued for seven summers. She then had to stop to take care of her husband who had cancer. Three months later, at 34, Alberta became a widow and single mother with six children to look after. After her own health issues, and with God’s help, she was able to live another 56 years. She is now resting with her Maker.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the Oromocto Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. A funeral service will take place at the Geary Pentecostal Church on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm by invitation only due to COVID-19 restrictions. The service will be live streamed on the Geary United Pentecostal Church’s Facebook page or all are welcome to tune into the FM Radio Station 88.3 in the parking lot to listen to the live broadcast.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Alberta’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society, Diabetes Canada, or The Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be left at