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Betty BowsherBetty Jean Bowsher, age 89, of Springfield, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021. She was born during the depression on September 22, 1931 in St. Joseph, MO, the daughter of Fred and Mamie (Allcorn) Rackley. Betty began her education at Sandridge, a one room school. The family moved to rural Ozark County and Betty graduated from Gainesville High School in 1949. On September 5, 1971 she and Harold Lewis Bowsher were united in marriage at the First Christian Church in North Kansas City, MO. She received an Associate Degree in 1980 from Maplewood Community College in Kansas City, while working full time. Betty was a legal secretary, then served as Probate and Magistrate Clerk for Ozark County. After moving to Kansas City, she went to work at Kansas City Power and Light Company in a variety of positions, including executive secretary to the President and CEO of KCPL. Retiring in 1992 she and Lew moved to Sun City West, AZ, where they spent 20 years. They then moved to Nixa to be closer to family. Betty always loved people and enjoyed organizations and activities that were people oriented. She became a member of the Rebekah Lodge at the age of 18, becoming State President in 1963. She was a charter member of Chapter JP, P.E.O in Gainesville in 1964. Betty was an active member of Central Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Springfield, and its Christian Women's Fellowship. Her husband, Lew, survives Betty, as well as three sisters, Ida Mae Huse of Gainesville, Joan Young of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, and Judy Vangilder and husband Tom of Jonesboro, AR; a brother, Delbert Rackley and wife Mary of Rogersville; and nieces and nephews, all of whom were very special to her. Her brother, Donald Rackley preceded her in death as well as her parents. Funeral services for Betty will be 9:30 AM Tuesday, January 12, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until service time on Tuesday. Burial will be 11:00 AM Tuesday in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield. Memorial donations may be made in Betty's name to the charity of the donor's choice.
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Funeral Home Owner Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM
I am so sorry I can't be there tomorrow to honor the memory of my Aunt Betty. I tested positive for COVID and have to remain home. Betty was the perfect aunt. Since she married late in life and had no children, she doted on her nieces and nephews. She took us trick or treating and made trips to Springfield to the Shrine Circus. She taught me one-on-one to sew the correct way. Even in retirement it has become a passion again. I admired Betty for taking a chance and moving from a small town to Kansas City. She used her legal secretary experience in Gainesville to get a job with Kansas City Power and Light and eventually became the executive secretary to the president. I visited her one summer in her office so I could interview her and take pictures to show my own secretarial students at the high school. I was so proud of her accomplishments. Moving to Kansas City was a blessing because there she met the love of her life. Who would ever think two never-married people could find each other in the big city. Lew and Betty were perfect for each other. They cared deeply for each other and showed it. I so appreciate Uncle Lew taking care of Betty when dementia started robbing her. Betty and Lew had multiple nieces and nephews on both sides. Betty made sure that every birthday was celebrated with a card and $5. Even after stopping the money gift, she never forgot a birthday of relatives, spouses, children, and grandchildren. Once she called me as she and Lew were about to board a ship for a cruise. She wanted to let me know she had mailed my birthday card, but that it might be late because of mailing it in a different state. It wasn't late. I loved my Aunt Betty very much and will always be indebted to her. I hope I've made her proud.
Barbara A Luna Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM