Kathryn Gower

February 3, 1935 ~ December 15, 2021

Hester Kathryn Gower, age 86 of Bonne Terre, Missouri passed away Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at Parkland Health Center in Farmington. She was born on Sunday, February 3, 1935 in Bonne Terre, Missouri to her parents, William and Mamie Kathleen (DeGrant) Freeman; loving husband Granville (Tooter) Gower;  granddaughter, Heather Robertson; sister, Sue Mabry.

Kathryn is survived by her 3 sons, Richard “Rick” (wife Laurie) Gower, Randall “Randy” (wife Cindy) Gower and Russell “Rusty” (wife Gina) Gower; grandchildren, Nikki (husband Jeremy) Dougharty, Breezy (husband Gerald) Johns, Amanda ( husband Jason) Heberlie, Amy (husband Mark) Hager, Brittany ( husband Adam) Froidl, Kylie (husband Justin) Teliszewski, CJ (Kayla) Bland; great-grandchildren, Adrien and Darien Dougharty, Kaleigh, Rylan and Emelia Johns, Zachary Robertson, Emma and Katelyn Heberlie, Grace Ann Hager, McKinley, Grayson and Stella Froidl, Logan and Ella Teliszewski, Audrey Bland; brother; Bill (wife Nedra) Freeman, brother- in- Laws; Fritz Gower and John (wife Laurie) Gower, sister- in-law; Elnor Ann Rednauer and a host of family and friends.

Kathryn was a retiree from the State of Missouri where she worked at as a Legislative Assistant, most notably for Senator Danny Staples. She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved to play Bingo. At one time Kathryn and her late husband Tooter were active members in the community, she had a big heart, beautiful smile and was very friendly to all who met her. She will be missed.

A Graveside Service will be held 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at the Bonne Terre Cemetery with Rev. Randy Murphy officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the American Diabetes Association. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of C.Z Boyer Funeral Home in Bonne Terre.

The family has requested face mask or covering to be worn at all times.



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  1. I remember Kathryn from the Danny Staples "days". So fun to do politics with such a sweet soul. Our community needs more Kathryns. God bless all her family and friends.

  2. Randy, Cindy, and the Gower Family,
    Sending my sympathy on the loss of Kathryn. I so enjoyed visiting with her at the Staples Office in the "old days". She was a good person who raised a great family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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