Mary Jeanette Cowherd
Mary Jeanette Cowherd was born on the frigid morning of January 22, 1930, to Waldo and Ruth (Robbins) Eden in Monett, MO. She departed this life at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO on March 27, 2021. She attended Purdy schools, where after being accelerated past 2nd grade, she was Valedictorian of her class of 1947 at the age of 17. After high school she worked for Dr. O.J. Brandt in Monett. She married Ernest E. Cowherd on May 2, 1948 at Purdy, MO. He preceded her in death on November 27, 2014. They devoted their lives to farming and together built one of the nation’s top Registered Holstein herds.
To this union were born seven children: James E. (Gene) Cowherd (wife Barbara) of Purdy, Robert Cowherd (wife Lou) of Chillicothe, MO, Charles Cowherd of Springfield, MO, Don Cowherd (wife Cheri) of Billings, MO, Dr. Jeanette Cowherd of DeSoto, KS, John Cowherd (wife Lynne) of Mt. Vernon, MO, and Randy Cowherd (wife Stacey) of Springfield, MO. Also, surviving are 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and one great- great- grandchild. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren, particularly on holidays and special occasions.
Additional survivors are a brother Jonathan Eden (wife Tammy) of Bastrop, TX, brother in-law Joe Hamilton of St. Louis, MO, sister in-laws Martha Lou Eden of Chillicothe, MO, and Rahel Eden of Driftwood, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Martha Hamilton, her two brothers Dr. James Eden and Dr. David Eden, and one granddaughter Mary Grace Cowherd.
Mary was a longtime active member of Cassville First Methodist church. She served in various United Methodist Women’s groups, as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the chancel choir. She was also a member of the Alexander McNair Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; a charter member of the Capt. Robert Napier Chapter of the Colonial Dames and the Seventeenth Century Stukely Westcott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists. She served as Chaplain of the Capt. Robert Napier Chapter, CDXVIIC 2003-2005, and as 2nd Vice Regent from 2005 – 2007.
Education was particularly important to Mary and she made sure that her children actively participated in 4-H, sports, FFA, music, debate and speech. Her sons are graduates of the University of Missouri and her daughter graduated from the University of Arkansas. This resulted in seven professionals that included an Agri-businessman, four attorneys, a commercial banker and school superintendent. She was an avid fan of the Missouri Tigers, the Cassville Wildcats and an ardent Republican.
Visitation will be held from Thursday, April 1 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, MO. Services are to be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, April 2, 2021 at the Cassville United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cassville United Methodist Church building fund.
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