Gladys Leota Bowers
Mother Devoted Wife and Mother
Mrs. Gladys Bowers-Burke Died Sunday in Monmouth
Mrs. Gladys L. Bowers-Burke, 39, wife of Francis Burke, died suddenly Sunday morning at the family home in Monmouth, her lifeless body being found in bed by her husband when he awakened. She had been under the care of a physician for some time. Funeral services were held at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Monmouth, with burial in the St. Marys Cemetery in that city. Gladys Bowers Burke was the daughter of Lawrence and Etta (Ingles) Bowers, and was born at Rushville, August 10, 1904. Later her family moved to Macomb, where she graduated from high school and Western Illinois State Teachers College. Before her marriage she taught in rural schools in McDonough and Warren counties. On May 10, 1930, she was married in Peoria to Francis Burke. They lived in Galesburg for two years before going to Monmouth. Mrs. Burke was a member of the Immaculate Conception church and the parish Altar and Rosary society, and Mother club. Surviving with the husband are two children, Keith, 10, and Nancy, 5. Mrs. Burke also leaves her parents in Macomb, five sisters, Mrs. Esther Vance of Macomb, Mrs. Ada Fawcett of Canton, Mrs. Ruby Walraven of Industry, Mrs. Hildreth Casey of Chicago, Mrs. Marjorie Brown of Moline, one brother Louis Bowers of Rushville and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Maria Ingles of Rushville. Funeral: 9:00 a.m.,The Rev. Dean E. S. Dunn officiating. Pallbearers: Leo Leary, Harry Callow (neighbor), Roy Gavin, James Henry (coworker of Francis), Joseph E.Toal, and Reuben Anderson.
NOTE: The evening preceding Gladys' death, she and her family (husband Francis, son Keith (10 years old) and daughter Nancy (5 years old) spend the evening at a carnival.
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