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3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
Fax: (417)-781-3916
Leta Sowersby

Leta B. Sowersby

Friday, July 7th, 1933 - Sunday, December 22nd, 2019
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Leta Bernece Sowersby, age 86, of Joplin, passed away on December 22, 2019 at the Spring River Christian Village in Joplin.

Leta was born on July 7, 1933 in Joplin, the daughter of the late Wilmer and Veva (Drake) Lawson. She has been a lifetime area resident. She was a graduate of Joplin High School Class of 1951. She was united in marriage to Tim Leroy Sowersby on February 14, 1953 in Joplin. Together they raised four children. In her early years she worked as a meat packer. She then worked for Fraley Funeral Supply, Safeway Bakery, and as a cake decorator for Wal-Mart in Neosho, MO. From 1977 to 1987 she and her husband owned and operated Powell General Store in Powell, MO. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Tim Sowersby, Joplin; two daughters, Krystal Jones, and her husband, Jim, of Carl Junction, and Vicki Roark, of Seneca; one sister, Lera Dill, Joplin; a brother-in-law, Jim Campbell; 9 grandchildren; 16+ great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Karla Jones in June of 2013, a granddaughter, Misha Roark; and a sister, Lois Campbell.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Reverend Bob Simon and Reverend John Mitchell will officiate. Burial will be in Hornet Cemetery. The pallbearers will be her grandsons.

The visitation will be 7-8:00 p.m. Thursday at Mason-Woodard. Memorial contributions may be given to Fairview Baptist Church in care of the mortuary.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Mason-Woodard Chapel
    3701 East 7th Street
    Joplin, Missouri 64801
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  • Service

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 10:00am
    Mason-Woodard Chapel
    3701 East 7th Street
    Joplin, Missouri 64801
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    Reverend Bob Simon
    Reverend John Mitchell
  • Interment

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 11:30am
    Hornet Cemetery
    7337 Coyote Drive
    Seneca, Missouri
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Lera Dill

Posted at 09:25pm
Leta was a special sister to me. I also had another special sister, Lois. Just us 3 girls raised together with wonderful parents who taught us love and respect and to trust our lives to Jesus very early. I will always remember my sister's kindness to me. Leta loved her family very much, and her church, Fairview Baptist. Until we meet again, my love, Lera

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