Elizabeth Nordell “Betty” Bower, age 93, of Albion, died Monday, May 3, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Bower was born at the family homestead in Green Township, Noble County on May 25, 1927 to the late Wilbur Paul Smith and Neva Kathryn (Bitting) Smith. She graduated from Albion-Jefferson High School in 1945. She married Robert Lee Bower on June 28, 1950 at Merriam Christian Chapel near Albion. They lived and farmed together on the homestead farm before moving to their current farm in 1964. Robert preceded her in death on April 7, 1975. Betty was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She worked with Robert on the farm, raised a garden every year, attended Rehoboth Missionary Church and was a member of the Noble County 4-H for many years.
Daughter, Joan and Dean Wilcox of Skinner Lake, Albion.
Daughter, Judy and Edward Anderson of Merriam.
Son, Stacy Bower of Fort Wayne.
Son, Stan Bower of Garrett.
Six grandchildren: Jenny and Mike Stringfellow of Albion; Kevin and Amanda Hass of Clarksville, Ohio; Kristen and Andy Meadows of Upland, Indiana; Nicholas and Crystle Wilcox of Palos Heights, Illinois; Emily and Rodney Leamon of Kimmell; and Brad and Rhonda Anderson of Rome City.
16 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Sister-in-law, Linda Smith of Fort Wayne.
Special friend and long-time companion, Rodney Sieber of Albion.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Marilyn Smith; and brother, Robert C. Smith.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 7, 2021 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Hite Funeral Home with visitation an hour prior to the service.
Pastor Jon Stoltzfus will be officiating the funeral service.
Burial will follow the service at Sweet Cemetery near Albion.
Memorial donations may be made to Parkview Noble Hospice or Rehoboth Missionary Church.
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Arrangements entrusted to Hite Funeral Home.
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