May Mowry

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MAY MOWRY, 78 FREEPORT - May Mowry (Maybel Mary Urmie) 78, of Freeport, passed away of illness on December 16, 2013, at the U of W, Madison Hospital, surrounded by her family. Born on September 26, 1935, in Davenport, Iowa, May was the daughter of Katherine (Assalley) and Asha Urmie and grew up on a large farm with 15 brothers and sisters. May graduated from Davenport High School in 1955. She married George W. Mowry on December 30, 1965. May was a fabulous cook and loved baking for family and friends. She enjoyed art, music and making crafts and rosaries. She also collected antiques, pottery, fine glassware and sculptures. May had a longtime group of friends who got together monthly to play 500. For more than forty years, May worked as a secretary for her husband, George, with his CPA practice Mowry, Schindler & Associates Ltd. She also volunteered alongside her husband with the Knights of Columbus for over forty years. May was a lifelong member of St. Thomas parish in Freeport, and devoted time each week to Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. In recent years, May and her husband, George travelled with church tours to visit religious sites in Ireland, Italy, Poland, France and Switzerland. May is survived by her husband, George; children, Bil Mowry (Carrie) of Eau Claire, WI, Betsy Mowry (Joe Voss) of St. Paul, MN, John Mowry of St. Paul and Lisa Koester (Mark) of Napa, CA; her granddaughter, Natalie and step-grandchildren Logan, Maren and Joie who called her "Grandma May"; as well as siblings, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013, at the Schwarz Park Blvd. Chapel, 608 S. Park Blvd., with a rosary prayer beginning at 3:30 p.m. A service will be held at 12 noon Saturday, December 21, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. A light lunch will be served afterwards. Memorials can be made to the "May Mowry Memorial Fund" through Schwarz Funeral Homes. "Mom, you will be greatly missed by your family and by everyone whose lives you touched through your generous spirit." Private condolences and online guestbook may be signed at
Funeral Home
Schwarz Park Blvd. Chapel - Freeport
608 S. Park Blvd.  Freeport, IL 61032
(815) 235-7371
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Published in The Journal-Standard from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2013
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