In Memory of Gladys M. Bower

Gladys M. Bower
Gladys M. Bower
Born: September 12, 1921
Died: November 10, 2018
Age: 97
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Gladys M. Bower
September 12, 1921 - November 10, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Gladys M. Bower, age 97, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the Morningside Healthcare Community of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Rev. Kevin J. Freese will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 16, 2018, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Gladys M. Bower, the daughter of Lee and Nellie (Hawn) Still, was born on September 12, 1921, in Ida Grove, Iowa. She graduated from Ida Grove High School with the class of 1940 and became a teacher at the Garfield Township country school in Ida county, where she met her husband Jay Bower.

Gladys and Jay were united in marriage on December 13, 1942 and celebrated sixty-two years of marriage. They farmed south of Battle Creek, Iowa, until their retirement in 1977.  Gladys was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek and participated in United Presbyterian Women. She was a co-founder of the annual turkey supper and enjoyed making the turkey dressing every year.

Gladys was an avid gardener and enjoyed serving and giving away the fruits and vegetables from her abundant garden. No one ever left her kitchen hungry. Gladys and Jay enjoyed traveling all across the United States and Mexico in their motor home. They wintered in Texas for over twenty-six years, where they enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and socializing with friends from all over the United States.

She is survived by her two children and their spouses Kenneth and Beverly Bower of Battle Creek, IA and Janice and Steven Lorenzen of Omaha, NE; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; brother Marvin (Bette) Still; sister Audrey (Walter) Kent; and sister-in-law Doris Still.  

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents Lee and Nellie Still; husband Jay Bower; son Jim Bower (in 1968); brothers Everett, Howard, Ronald, Raymond, and Glen; sisters June Grieve, Lila (Leroy) Burk, and Doris (Garth) Lacey.



10:30 a.m., Saturday
November 17, 2018
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Austin Fritz
Domenic Fritz
Devon Fritz
Zachary Lorenzen
Corin Bower
Aidan Bower


4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 16, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Battle Creek, Iowa


Recorded Selections by Renee Fritz
"Medley Arrangement by Sandi Patti"
"Amazing Grace"
"The Lord's Prayer"


Mt. Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 9:29 PM
“Gladys was such a nice lady! Sorry for your loss.”
- Gaylin Fey
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 9:24 AM
“Kenny and Jan, sorry for your loss, I am sure she will be missed by all, really enjoyed spending time at you place in the younger days!!!”
- Gail Gosch
Monday, November 12, 2018 at 2:28 PM
“Gladys is home and at peace. Keep the treasured memories.
- Carolyn Jamieson
Monday, November 12, 2018 at 9:18 AM
“Sorry for your loss hold tight to the memories”
- Carol Lacey
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