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Nancy Eleanor Cowdrey, of Columbia, Missouri, died peacefully in her home on September 22, 2015, with family by her side. She was 81 years old.
Nancy is survived by her children, Bruce Cowdrey, Dunlap, Illinois; Paula Cowdrey, Bloomington, Illinois; Paige Cowdrey (Cirks), Columbia, Missouri; grandchildren, Tyler Cirks, Overland Park, Kansas; Morgan (Cirks) Sechler, husband Dylan, great granddaughter Nahla Sechler, McPherson, Kansas; sister-in-law Millis Frisch, husband Peter, Windsor, California; nephews, Jason Morris, Windsor, California; and Josh Morris, wife Katie, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).
Nancy is preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Charlie” Cowdrey, her parents Richard and Cora Bruce, and her half-sister Mary Elizabeth Rule, Smithville, Missouri. She grew up in Shenango, Pennsylvania and Smithville, Missouri. She married her high school sweetheart, Charlie Cowdrey on February 27, 1953, and they were blessed with 58 years together.
Nancy earned a Bachelor’s degree from Pittsburgh State University, and a Master’s in Education from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. She enjoyed a 40 year career teaching elementary school children. Nancy had a strong passion for performing arts, gardening, and reading (you could always find her reading a great book)!
A private celebration of her life will be scheduled by the family in the near future. The family would like to thank Hospice Compassus and the many friends and family for their care and support. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospices of America Foundation at www.CHAFoundation.org.