Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa Thursday, April 2l, l904
There was a shadow of gloom cast over the entire city Monday morning when it was learned that MRS. JAMES R. BOWSHER had passed away.For several weeks she had been hovering on the brink, her life being sustained by a slender thread.
ELLA M. CARMEAN was born in Mediapolis, Iowa, March l8, l872, being at the time of her death 32 years and l month of age.When she was quite small her parents removed to Leon, and here her whole life has been spent.
She was united in marriage with MR. JAMES R. BOWSHER in this city on December 6, l899, and there was no happier couple in the whole world than they have been.For a number of years the deceased had been a sufferer from Rheumatism and she had gone with her husband to various places in the hope of securing relief, including a long trip to California and an extended stay at Hot Springs, S.D., but it was all to no avail and the disease seemed to slowly sap her life away.
MRS. BOWSHER was a warm favorite among all her acquaintances and especially with the ladies of the Amicitia Club, of which she was a charter member and always took great interest in the club's work.At an early age she united with the Leon Presbyterian Church and was an active and consistent member.
The funeral services were held at the family residence on Tuesday, her body lying in state from 7 a.m. to l p.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m.From l to 2 p.m. there were private services held attended only by the family and a few very intimate friends, conducted by Rev. Montgomery, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Choir having charge of the music.At the conclusion of the services the ladies of the Amicitia Club took charge, tenderly placing her body in the beautiful casket, and members of the club acted as pall bearers, the interment being in the Leon Cemetery. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, entirely covering the casket.The Amicitia Club had also prepared the grave, which was beautifully lined with white.
A loving and affectionate husband, the aged mother and two brothers are left to mourn the death of the wife, daughter and sister, to whom the sincere sympathy of the entire community is extended.