She was born in Terre Haute, Indiana November 29, 1940 to Wayne E. Cowden and Katherine Burnam Cowden.
She was married to Joy H. Salesman on December 20, 1957.
Survivors include: her mother Katherine Burnam Cowden of Sullivan; one son, Dennis DeWayne Salesman (Rhonda) of Dugger; four daughters, Darla Kay Jenkins (Brian) of Hymera, Pamela Sue Wildin (Sonny) of Vicksburg, Rose Ann Blanton (Scott) of Jasonville, and Tanya Dawn Salesman (Ronnie) of Jasonville; two sisters, Vicki French of Terre Haute, and Judith Drake of Jasonville; one brother, Jerry Wayne Cowden of Sullivan; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1p.m. Wednesday at Newkirk's Funeral Home in Dugger with Pastor Sam Bush officiating. Burial in the Antioch Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and before services Wednesday.