Cougan, Gerda Jonfridur Arthursdottir

Longtime Resident Of Chattanooga

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Gerda Cougan
Gerda Cougan

Gerda Jonfridur Arthursdottir Cougan passed away in Fairhope, Al., on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the age of 91. 

 

Mrs. Cougan was born in Akranes, Iceland and moved to the U.S. in 1952. She was a longtime resident of Chattanooga, before moving to the Atlanta area and her final residence in Fairhope.  

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Glenn Womack, and her husband of 35 years, Harry James Cougan; her parents, Arthur Eyjolfsson and Gudrun Jonsdottir of Akranes, Iceland; and numerous siblings in Iceland. 

 

She is survived by her children, Karen (Robert) McNutt, Chattanooga, TN: Arthur (Beverly) Womack, Pinehurst, NC; Sharen Green (Tony Brown), Elberta, AL and Karl (Tina) Cougan, Brighton, MI; five grandchildren, Joshua (Joanna) Williams, Spring Hill, FL; Lauren (Matt) Hayes, Pittsboro, NC; Jacob Green (Tymbre Ballew), Mobile, AL; Gabrielle Zimlich, Foley, AL and Glenn McNutt, Chattanooga, TN; six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Marius Arthursson, of Kopavogur, Iceland. 

 

After the death of her first husband, Jack Glenn Womack, Mrs. Cougan became a professional seamstress and was well known in the Memphis, Tn., area. During her subsequent marriage to Harry James Cougan, they shared a love of world travel which was evident with mementos found throughout their home in Chattanooga. Her family can also attest to the artistic side of Mrs. Cougan.  Her many works of rosemaling and needlepoint are something her children and other family members will continue to cherish and pass on to other generations as a remembrance of the life lived by this remarkable woman, wife, and mother.

 

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

A service for Mrs. Cougan will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga.

 

Please visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share words of comfort.

 

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37321.


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