Kathleen Bower, passed away at 12:55 pm, Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, Mo. following a short illness.

Kathy was born March 5, 1937 in Columbus, Kan. Her parents were Roy and Nora (Headley) Mock. She lived here all of her life.

She graduated from Cherokee Co. High School, Columbus, Kan. with the Class of 1954. She demonstrated her love for animals by managing her and her husband's veterinary practice. She was a member of the Sherwin Christian Church, Sherwin Kan. She enjoyed cooking, completing crossword puzzles, conversing with her friends on Facebook while also checking up with her grandkids on that website.

Kathy was married to Darrell Leroy Bower on March 8, 1957 in Columbus, Kan. He survives.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Cecil, and Leroy and an infant boy and five sisters, Opal, Virginia, Edna, Edith and an infant girl.

Additional survivors include one son, Todd Alan Bower, Austin, Texas ; one daughter, Carol Bower Childers, Greenwood, Mo.; two grandchildren, Cole Childers and Bailey Childers; two brothers, Marvin Mock, Lakewood, Colo., and Ralph Mock, Council Grove, Kan.

Kathy was taken for cremation under the care of Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus, Kan.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Monday, August 13, 2012 at Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus, Kan.

The family requests that donations be made to All Gods Creatures Animal Rescue & Shelter, 31 SW Messer Rd. Columbus, KS 66725, located on the web at www.petfinder.com/shelters/KS216