Elizabeth Evaline (Mowat) Sowles, Sowles-Ralph, age 101, passed away late Friday evening, April 29, 2016 in Perrinton, Michigan. Elizabeth was born October 12, 1914 in Avondale, Michigan the daughter of Edgar and Mary (Bell) Mowat. She attended grade school at Ogilvie, MI. Elizabeth lived with her aunt and uncle Ethel and Bert Bell in Evert, MI; where she attended Evart High School and County Normal. While attending the County Normal she met and married Merrell W. Sowles. They were united in marriage on November 9, 1934 in Cadillac, Michigan. Elizabeth taught in a rural 1 room /k-8 grade school for 1 year. She left teaching after completing 1 year as married females teachers were not acceptable at that time. Elizabeth and her husband Merrell lived in several Michigan towns while their children were young. After WWII they left the Detroit area and settled back in the Evert area. Elizabeth continued being a homemaker and raising her children. She was also very active in her church and Girl Scouts. In the summer of 1954 the family moved to Edmore, Michigan; where Merrell was employed. Elizabeth went back to school to improve her secretarial skills so she could take a postion with Curtis Hardware as their bookkeeper. She went on to work for Miller/Gamwell Insurance Agency and then onto Home Extension office in Stanton, Michigan. Ultimately she was employed at the Federal Farm Home Administration in Stanton from which she retired at the age of 68. Merrell had passed away when she was 64. After retirement she traveled to Arizona for a winter with her daughter Ruth. Upon returning to Michigan she was reacquainted with Milo Sowles, a cousin of Merrell’s. They were married on November 2, 1985. He passed away on July 13, 1997. They split their time living in Canada and MI as Milo was from Canada. Elizabeth was again alone until she met and married Karl Ralph, who had benn a friend of both Merrell and Milo in the Gideon’s. They were married on September 12, 2003. Karl was from Sheridan, Michigan; he passed away at the age of 104 in July 2014.
Elizabeth is survived by her children; Dale (Doris) Sowles, Ruth (Leslie) Gray and Jean (Charles) Chaffin, 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Elizabeth was preceded in death by a son; Glen in January 2007, a grandson; David Sowles in 1962, a great-grandchild; Spencer Sowles in 2013 5 brothers; Fredrick, Harold, Edgar Earl, Victor and Myron and 3 sisters; Ethal May, Ruth Leona and Mary Bell.
Funeral service will take place Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 11:00 from Blanchard Wesleyan Church with Pastor Steve Lang to officiate. Visitation will take place May 3, 2016 from 5-8 PM from the Brigham Funeral Chapel-Edmore and again Wednesday morning at the church from 10AM until the time of service. Burial to conclude in Hillcrest Cemetery, Six Lake, Michigan. To leave a condolence please leave a comment below.
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