Henrietta Ilene Bowers

Monday, June 15, 2015

Henrietta Ilene Bowers, age 74, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri.

She was born December 19, 1940, in Washburn, Missouri, the daughter of Titus and Ina (Rose) Stephens. On May 10, 1959, she was united in marriage to Ferrell Bowers, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Kelly Cox and her husband, David Cox, of Cassville, Missouri; Tracy Taylor and her husband, Dr. Joseph Taylor, of Olathe, Kansas; one brother, Wesley Stephens and his wife, Pat Stephens, of Washburn, Missouri; one sister, Kathy Stephens and her husband, Jim Stephens, of Washburn, Missouri; six grandchildren: Amber Cox and her fiancÚ, Kyle Hudson, of Houston, Texas; Ryan Truman and her husband, John Truman, of Billings, Missouri; Miles McNeill and his fiancÚ, Tarah Collins, of Nixa, Missouri; Zach Taylor of Overland Park, Kansas; Olivia Taylor of Olathe, Kansas, and Elias Taylor of Olathe, Kansas; five great grandchildren: Airman Lane Truman-USN and his wife, Alyx; Brant Truman; Abbi Truman; Morgan Truman; Ella McNeill; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, one infant sister, Barbara Stephens and one infant granddaughter, Melissa McNeill.

Henrietta grew up in the Washburn community and was a 1958 graduate of Southwest High School, Washburn, Missouri. She later attended Crowder College, Neosho, Missouri. During her young adult years, she lived in Kansas City, Missouri, and was employed at Hallmark Cards. Throughout her middle years, she moved with her husband, encouraging him as he pursued a career with Pearle Optical. During the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, Henrietta and Ferrell relocated to Springfield, Missouri; Overland Park, Kansas; Chicago, Illinois, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Together, they enjoyed participating in numerous corporate travel opportunities to warm, exotic locales during these years.

In 1991, Henrietta and Ferrell chose to move back to Barry County, Missouri, and reside on their property, north of Cassville, to be near their grandchildren and extended family. Henrietta enjoyed vacationing across the United States with her husband, his brother and wife, Jerrell and Kay Bowers, and she especially enjoyed sharing a trip to the Rocky Mountains, with her aunt and uncle, Olene and Ernest Hendrix. She also treasured spending time with her grandchildren, who affectionately called her, "Grandma Hank."

Throughout her life, Henrietta was known for her abundant energy and her artistic/creative talents. She excelled at sewing, gardening, photography and wood finishing. Additionally, she provided care and shelter for numerous stray cats and dogs, who found their way to her doorstep.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, Missouri. Pastor Doyle Russell conducted the services. Burial was at Hickman Cemetery, Washburn, Missouri.

Contributions may be made to Haven Of The Ozarks or the charity of your choice in memory of Henrietta.

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Cassville, Missouri