Pearl “Lucille” Bowers (nee Gamblin) was born November 11, 1921 in Dent County, Missouri to Edmond Green and Myrtle Ann Whitaker Gamblin and passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at the age of 98 years, 10 months and 12 days,
Lucille grew up on a farm with loving parents who knew the Lord and where prayer, reading the Bible and going to church were important to the family of 10. She and her family attended New Home Baptist Church and she was saved at a young age.
On May 27, 1944 in Salem, Arkansas she married Minyard “Min” Ross Bowers. She and her husband, Min, raised their family in Howes Mill, Missouri where Lucille stayed home and took care of the children along with farm work. After her husband passed away Lucille moved from the farm into Salem, Missouri where Lucille eventually went to work. She became employed at Wal-Mart a few months after it opened and where she remained until retirement in 1987.
Lucille was a long-time faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Salem, Missouri where she helped in the children’s classes, attended the FBC women’s group and the BASICS group until her health declined.
Lucille enjoyed making quilts, sewing, gardening, flower gardening, oil painting, cooking, shopping and traveling.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Myrtle Gamblin; her husband, Min Bowers; her parents-in-law, Esco and Delphia Bowers; a son-in-law, Jim Brittain; grandson, Chris Brittain; two brothers, Carl Gamblin and Burton (Betty) Gamblin; four sisters, Alta (Raymond) Lay, Myrna (Bruce) Bergman, Leah (Earl) Tune and Dorris (Russell) Compton; and brothers-in-law, Thurman Wisdom and Bill Schescke.
She is survived by her children, Linda Kay Brittain and T.J. (Judy) Bowers of Salem, Missouri and Elizabeth “Liz” (Bill) Bennett of Steelville, Missouri; six grandchildren, Justin (Angie) Bowers of Salem, Missouri, Shara (Joe) Roberts of Dallas, Texas, Lisa (Terry) Johnson of Kansas City, Missouri, Ross (Nicole) Bennett of Albion, Nebraska, Brandon (Ashlee) Bennett of Columbia, Missouri and Lane (Kate) Bennett of Hinesville, Georgia; 16 great grandchildren, Alyssa, Ashton and Josie Bowers, Micah, Ella, Cooper and Jemma Roberts, Ava and Lily Johnson, Gavin, Claire and Olivia Bennett, Caroline and Abigail Bennett, Bauer and Lucy-Mae Bennett; sister, Delores Wisdom Schescke of Salem, Missouri; sister-in-law, Linda Gamblin of Auburn, California; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, September 28, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Salem, Missouri.
Funeral services were at noon on Monday, September 28, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Salem, Missouri with the Rev. Jerry Beers officiating. Special music of “In the Sweet By and By” and “Angel Band” was sung by Verna and Gary Cooper accompanied by Ann Emory on piano. Other music of “Amazing Grace” was played.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem, Missouri.
Casket bearers were Brandon Bennett, Lane Bennett, Justin Bowers, Lisa Johnson, Alyssa Bowers and Ashton Bowers. Honorary casket bearers were Shara Roberts and Ross Bennett.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.