Mary Frances Sowers
January 07, 1936 - March 16, 2020
Birthplace: Wales, Iowa
Resided In: Henderson, Iowa

Service 3/20/2020
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Burial 3/20/20
Wesley Chapel Cemetery

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Mary “Frances” Sowers, 84, of Henderson, Iowa passed away at Arlington Place, Red Oak, Iowa on March 16, 2020.

Mary Frances Sowers was born at home in Emerson, IA on January 7, 1936 to Edward and Minnie (Good) Elkins. She was the fourth out of seven children. She graduated from Emerson High School in 1953. After high school, she was a waitress at Ann's Cafe where she met Donald Sowers. They were married September 1, 1957 in Emerson, Iowa. They were married for 62.5 years. From this union there are three children; Alan, Sally, and Paul. Frances, as most knew her, was a very dedicated and hardworking farm wife. In addition to working on the farm, she worked as a Home Health Aid. She took passion in caring for her family and friends. She was kind to everyone she met and always saw the good in people. Frances was a member of the Wesley Chapel church and involved in the United Methodist Women's Group. She was filled with joy and was often caught smiling or laughing with those around her. Spending quality time with her family was one of her favorite things to do as she truly loved each family member deeply. Frances had six grandchildren that she cherished and was extremely proud of. She always looked forward to spending time with them. She enjoyed cooking and baking for others and never hesitated to lend a helping hand to anyone that may have needed it. Frances was truly a kind and generous soul and her presence made others feel comfortable, happy, and blessed to have her in their lives.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers: Stanley, James and Gary Elkins. She is survived by her loving husband Donald of Henderson, Iowa; son Alan Sowers and wife Paige of Dallas Center, Iowa; daughter Sally Shearer and husband Stan of Glenwood, Iowa; son Paul Sowers and special friend Cindy Murray of Henderson, Iowa; grandchildren Chelsea Sowers of London, England; Nicole Stamer and husband Reed of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Jacob Sowers of Chicago, Illinois; Chase Sowers of Iowa City, Iowa; Bradley Shearer of Omaha, Nebraska and Natalie Shearer of Iowa City, Iowa. Brothers Arthur “Bud” Elkins and wife Bonnie of Emerson, Iowa; Keith Elkins and wife Sandra of San Angelo, Texas and sister Rose Stogsdill of Henderson, Nevada; brother-in-law Bryan Sowers of Henderson, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

There will be a private family service on Friday, March 20, 2020. A memorial service will be at a later date for the family and friends to gather to celebrate the life and memories of Frances. Memorials may be directed to the Wesley Chapel Church in Mills County, Iowa.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel of Red Oak, Iowa in charge of arrangements.


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