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Esther L. Sowers Obituary
WAYLAND, Mo. -- Esther Leajean Sowers, 97, of Quincy, Ill., formerly of Wayland and Kahoka, died Monday (Aug. 25, 2014) in Blessing Hospital, Quincy.

She was born Sept. 4, 1916, in Brandon, Iowa, the only child of Earle V. and Ruth A. (Boyack) Bagenstos.

Esther attended all 12 years of school and graduated from Independence High School in Independence, Iowa, in 1934. It was at a gathering there that she met her future husband, George W. Sowers, from Revere. She received an additional year of education at Independence Junior College before marrying George in her grandmother's home in Independence on Dec. 5, 1936. She had been a long distance operator for Bell Telephone prior to her marriage. She and George lived in Wayland for most of their married life.

Esther spent her life as a homemaker. She and George farmed in Clark County for more than 60 years. They were faithful members of Wayland United Methodist Church where she taught adult Sunday School classes and sang in the choir as well as in a quartet with Dave Shrauner, Mathew Eder and Ruth Young. In addition, she served as secretary and later, treasurer of the church board.

She was a member of Kahoka Chapter #40 O.E.S. and would have received her 70th year pin in November. She was a charter member of the Wayland Extension Club.

Esther loved to sew, do needlepoint and applique quilts. She was a gracious hostess to all she entertained and a loving mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include three daughters, Sherry (Mrs. Terry) Wipff of Santa Fe, Texas, Beverley (Mrs. Tom) Darling of Carmel, Ind., and Carol (Mrs. Mark) Drummond of Quincy; five grandchildren, Chris (Mrs. Steve) Shepherd, Mark (Linda) Smith, Julie (Mrs. Chip) Downey, Jennifer DuBois, and Matthew (Monica) Smith; three step-grandchildren, David (Alexandra) Marold, Alexander Drummond and Jane Drummond; nine great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

SERVICES: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, in Wayland United Methodist Church with Pastors Nate Frazee and Barb Hagerla conducting. At her request, her earthly body was donated for medical research. Family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall of the church.

MEMORIALS: Wayland United Methodist Church.

ARRANGEMENTS: Wilson Funeral Home, Kahoka.

WEBSITE: www.wilsonfuneralservice.com.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 2014
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