Martha Cowan


Martha Cowan

Martha Cowan

Martha Ellen Cowan, 102, of De Soto, passed away Sept. 5, 2016 at Medicalodges of Eudora.

Visitation 6:00 to 8:00 pm Tues., Sept. 13, 2016 with prayer and comments at 7:30 pm at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Funeral 10:00 am Thurs., Sept. 15, 2016 at Shaffer Funeral Home, Ozark, AR (479) 667-4147. Burial follows at Duncan Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Medicalodges of Eudora.

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Martha was born Oct. 13, 1913 in Cass, AR to Austin J. and Beulah (Miller) Childers. She grew up in Barnes, AR and married Roy D. Cowan on Jan 5, 1930 in Jethroe, AR. They moved to De Soto in 1963. She was a member of Faith Builders International, De Soto, KS. Martha enjoyed drawing, sewing, and participating in spelling bees at the nursing home. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy, her husband of 75 years in 2005; brother, Jess Childers and son-in-law Frank Wilkinson. Martha is survived by children: Gelene Wilkinson, Ozark, AR, John and wife Wanda Cowan, Marvin and wife Ann Cowan, and Joyce and husband Eldon Brown, all of De Soto, KS; eleven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.

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