Born Christmas Day in 1927 to James Tipton Davis and Ada Orpha (Keesling) Davis, Eva Lee Gower went to her Heavenly home on Monday, May 6, 2019. She was 91 years, 4 months, and 12 days old at the time of her passing.

Baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rader, Missouri, Eva Lee was a lifelong Christian. She met Billy Joe Gower on a blind date and married him on Feb. 3, 1951, just before Joe was deployed to the Korean Conflict. They were married 41 years until Joe’s passing in 1992. To this union, four children were born.

Eva Lee was a homemaker and full-time mother to her children. In 1963, she was diagnosed with cancer; she survived an additional 56 years cancer free. In time, she went to work at Marshfield Schools as a cafeteria employee, and from there she retired in May of 1992. During her retirement, she enjoyed quilting, reading and Friday night dinners with her family.

Her parents; her husband, Joe Gower; and her siblings, Paul and William Davis, Ula Rader and Irene Heine preceded her in death.

Her siblings Lorene Fischer, Clarence Davis, Doyle Davis, Joseph Davis (Phyllis) and Barbara Reiley (Bill); her sister-in-law Evelyn Cunningham (Billie); her children, Allen Gower (Tara), Denny Gower (Patricia), Myra Graham (Robert) and Kara Ghan (Christopher); 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren survive her.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2019, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with interment following in Marshfield Cemetery.

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