Everlyn Margaret Fowler, 95

Evelyn Margaret (Smith) Fowler was born Sept. 6, 1917, near Nesbit, which was about nine miles west of Stapleton. She left the loving care at Rose Lane Home in Loup City, and departed this life Jan. 15, 2013, at 7:40 p.m. At that same moment she was welcomed by her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ into her new and eternal home. She was greeted by her husband, John Mervin; her father and mother, Harry "Bud", Smith, Beatrice "Birdie" Echo (Heldenbrand) Smith; sister, Vera June (Smith) Miller; little brother, Charles Oscar Smith and a host of family and friends. Margaret attended her elementary years at rural school District 16, Cottonwood Grove in McPherson County and graduated from Baker Rural High School at Stapleton She accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at 12 years of age, and attended Sunday School and Church at the school. She received her teaching certificate and taught rural grade school in McPherson County for several years. She married young cowboy-cattle-rancher Mervin Fowler at her home Dec. 24, 1937. They lived and ranched near Stapleton and Brewster, until Mervin's death in 1977. She then lived at Seneca, Colorado Springs, and Ord. Margaret was always active in her church, teaching Bible, music. She became an accomplished artist. She memorized hundreds of Bible verses. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a stepmother, Hattie Holmberg; a brother, a sister and one great- grandson She leaves to cherish her memory, son, Richard (Joyce) Fowler of Ord; daughter, Caroline (Dennis) Ritchey of Ponca; son, Larry (Diane) Fowler of Riverside, Calif.; two grandsons; four granddaughters, and 21 great-grandchildren. Before her home-going she requested "not a funeral but a Victory Celebration because of our Precious Lord Jesus, who won the victory long ago."She requested that Pastor Dennis Ritchey share the message to "family and friends of the joy of knowing the safety of being in the care of the loving hands of the Lord Jesus, God of gods, King of kings forever." Pastor Don Schauda and the Blowers Family will provide music. Graveside services will be Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in Loup Valley Cemetery, nine miles west of Stapleton. Memorial services will be Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at 3:00p.m at Ord Evangelical Free Church Memorials have been established to Family Life or AWANA International. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow isin charge of arrangements.Published in Custer County Chief, Jan. 24, 2013