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Willie Gower

1935 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Willie Gower, 75, passed away Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, with her family by her side, from complication related to cancer. She handled her illness as she lived her life with strength, courage, dignity, optimism and humor.
Willie was born in Westville, Okla., on June 2, 1935, to Buster and Kate Morris. She had two sisters, Pat Gentry and Shirley Hall, who both preceded her in death. In high school, she was active in basketball, cheerleading and was homecoming queen. She attended nursing school in Fort Smith, Ark., and worked as a registered nurse for 13 years.
Willie moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1984 and owned Gigi's Pizza. She worked there daily for 27 years. Willie enjoyed people and said work was her social life. She treated her customers like family and never met a stranger.
She enjoyed playing banjo, always enjoyed a good joke. Most of all, she enjoyed a good laugh. She will be missed by all, but the love she shared will remain in our hearts forever.
Willie is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Ted; her son Tom Gower and his wife, Jo Ann; daughter Theresa Cress and granddaughter Tricia; son Todd Gower and his wife, Michelle, and grandchildren, Jacob, John and Megan; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her lifelong friend, Raydean Norris, and many other good friends in Westville.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate Willie's life 10 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home chapel.
Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Willie's name to St. Jude's Children Hospital.
The family has trusted Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to arrange the services. To sign the online register book, please visit
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 18 to Mar. 20, 2011
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