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Mayme Wilma Jane Ward Scowden

Mayme Wilma Jane Ward Scowden (“Wilma” to friends and family), age 97 from Benton, MO, formerly of Lowndes, MO, entered her heavenly home on Wednesday afternoon, June 14, surrounded by her loving family. Born on September 7, 1925, Wilma was the daughter of the late Edgar J. Ward and Bertha Olive Bowers Ward.

  Wilma married her soulmate Calvin Scowden on July 8, 1946 in Greenville, MO. Together they raised three cherished daughters. Wilma was a confident, independent woman, who could teach herself anything she set her mind to. She often said this resourcefulness came from growing up during the Great Depression.

  Wilma and her husband were co-owners of a cattle farm, recognized by the University of Missouri with a Farm Management award in 1973. Wilma thrived on the farm, but was also a talented seamstress, vaccinating cows by day and sewing dresses at night.

  Wilma was a member of Corinth General Baptist Church in Lowndes, MO. She served her church well as a Sunday School teacher and song leader for the congregation and youth choirs. She also taught Bible School classes at the local Methodist Church.

  Wilma was a devoted mother to her daughters, and always welcomed their friends into her home after school, ball games or church activities.

  Wilma is survived by her daughters, Barbara Alexander, of Malden, MO’ Patricia Burkett (Glenn), of Jackson, MO; and Cathryn Bruce (Doyle), of Benton, MO; six grandchildren, Dana Cook, of Bernie, MO; Scott Burkett, of Jackson, MO; Darrick Bruce, of Scott City, MO; Ryan Burkett, of Chicago, IL; Anitra Bahner, of Jackson, MO; and Blaine Bruce, of Jackson, MO; eleven great-grandchildren and two great-great-great grandchildren. She was a loving role model to all. Other survivors include her sisters, Thelma Shrum, of St. Louis, MO; Norma Keele, of Williamsville, MO; sisters-in-law Marie Scowden, of Shook, MO and Linda Scowden, of Greenville, MO.

  Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband of seventy-three hears; brothers Elvis Ward, of Poplar Bluff, MO, Leo Ward, of Poplar Bluff, MO, and Virgil Ward, of Shook, MO; and her son-in-law, Dan Alexander.

  Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at the Morrison Funeral Chapel in Greenville with Rev. Leeman Shirrell officiating. Special recorded songs were played for the service and D.R. Barks gave the eulogy. Mrs. Scowden was escorted to  her final resting place by her grandsons and great grandsons, Scott Burkett, Darrick Bruce, Ryan Burkett, Blaine Bruce, Daniel Crain, Hunter Crain, Kaden Cook Grady Bahner, Scout Bahner and Keegan Bruce.  Interment was in  the Corinth Cemetery near Lowndes. Services were under the direction of Morrison Funeral Chapel.

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