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Estyl Nadyne (Cowgill) Bowers

BOWERS-ESTYLE-WEBEstyl Nadyne (Cowgill) Bowers, 98, died Feb. 7, 2016, at Oakridge of Plattsburg. She was born in Hamilton, to Vilas Samuel and Jennie Mae (Todd) Cowgill in 1917. She grew up on farms mostly around Cowgill, and attended grade schools Liberty Eagle, Cowgill Elementary and Cottage Grove. She graduated from Cowgill High School in 1935.

That same year, 1935, she married Grafton Diddle Bowers of Cowgill, who was a veterinary student at Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kan. She helped him earn his way through college, both of them working on a ranch, Juniata Farm, north of Manhattan. After his graduation in 1938, the couple lived in Baton Rouge, La., for three years. He served in WWII, mustering out as a captain in 1946. During the war years, the couple lived in Fort Worth, Texas, Chicago and various places in Wisconsin. After the war, they settled in Cowgill, where Grafton practiced veterinary medicine for 25 years.

Estyl aided her husband in his practice as a housewife and teacher of music in their home and in area schools. She was a member of Cowgill United Methodist Church, serving as a pianist/organist for 50-plus years. She earned a B.A. in Music in 1979, and a M.A. in Music Theory and Composition in 1981, from Central Missouri State University. She was a certified member of the Missouri Music Teachers Association and the National Music Teachers Association. She accompanied various vocal groups and school music ensembles and soloists. She and Grafton played accordion and banjo with local bands and finally as just “We Two.” Estyl and Grafton were members of Ray County Historical Society, Caldwell County Historical Society and the Lathrop Antique Association.

In addition to her parents, Estyl was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. G.D. Bowers; her daughter, Ellen Bowers and her brother Virgil Cowgill.

Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Samuel Mitchell and Agnes Bowers, of St. Louis; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Brenda and Forrest Bonar, of Lathrop and Charlotte and Rev. Dr. James McCollough, of Topeka, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, Quentin Bowers, Amber Keister (Kevin), Alice Bowers (Jeff Fahrenkamp), Brian Bowers (Holly), Rachel Daniels, Kevin Bonar, Heather May (Jared), Janet Robison, Dwight McCollough (Vicki Brunson) and Andrew McCollough (Sandi McQuinton); family friend, Lisa McCollough; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Funeral services are 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, at Cowgill United Methodist Church, with burial in Cowgill Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Cowgill United Methodist Church or to Cowgill Cemetery. Arrangements: Park Lawn Lathrop Chapel (816) 740-4658.

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