Leta Bernece Sowersby, age 86, of Joplin, passed away on December 22, 2019 at the Spring River Christian Village in Joplin.
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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.