The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


August 11, 2012

D. Kathleen Bower

COLUMBUS, KS — D. Kathleen Bower, passed away at 12:55 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, Mo., following a short illness.

Kathy was born March 5, 1937, in Columbus. Her parents were Roy and Nora (Headley) Mock. She lived here all of her life.

She graduated from Cherokee County High School, Columbus, with the Class of 1954. She demonstrated her love for animals by managing her and her husband's veterinary practice. She was a member of the Sherwin Christian Church, Sherwin Kan. She enjoyed cooking, completing crossword puzzles, conversing with her friends on Facebook while also checking up with her grandkids on that website.

Kathy was married to Darrell Leroy Bower on March 8, 1957, in Columbus. He survives.

Additional survivors include one son, Todd Alan Bower, Austin, Texas; one daughter, Carol Bower Childers, Greenwood, Mo.; two grandchildren, Cole Childers and Bailey Childers; two brothers, Marvin Mock, Lakewood, Colo., and Ralph Mock, Council Grove, Kan. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Cecil and Leroy and an infant boy; and five sisters, Opal, Virginia, Edna, Edith and an infant girl.

Kathy was taken for cremation under the care of Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus.

The family request that donations be made to All Gods Creatures Animal Rescue & Shelter, 31 SW Messer Road, Columbus , KS 66725, located on the web at

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