In Loving Memory…

Myrna Maudell Luce Bowers

Myrna Maudell Luce Bowers, age 92, of Sedalia, passed away Friday, July 20, 2018, at Fair View Nursing Home, after a short illness.

She was born April 2, 1926, in Nevada, MO, daughter of Frank David Cook and Blanche (Davis) Cook. On February 1, 1946, she was married to Norman Eugene Luce, who preceded her in death on December 17, 1991. On November 25, 1995, she was married to Pearly Bowers, who preceded her in death on December 27, 2003.

Mrs. Bowers loved her faith and was the secretary at East Sedalia Baptist Church for over 17 years, where she also was a member, pianist, and Sunday school teacher. She received a distinguished service award from the Pettis County Fire Department in 1995 for serving as secretary for the board, as well as a commendation from the Harmony Baptist Association for clerking from 1988 to 1998. Maudell also was an avid cross-stitcher and quilter who shared her talents with family and friends.

Surviving are her three children, Judith D. Carson and her husband, Richard D. (Dale), of Lehigh Acres, FL, Philip E. Luce and his wife, Jean Wenn Luce, of Chattanooga, TN, and Paul A. Luce and his wife, Jan Charles-Luce, of Palm Springs, CA; four grandchildren, Myrna M. Dodd, Benjamin E. Carson, Christopher E. Luce, and Kevin A. Luce; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry J. Cook and his wife, Sue Cook, of Lee’s Summit, MO, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Gera Valee Smith; and a brother, Clifford Norris Cook.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2, at Heckart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Eddie Brown officiating.

Burial will be in Smithton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.


  1. Mike and Patty Severide :

    To the Luce Family,
    We were so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. Mother and she were such good friends. Sending our condolences and prayers. Mike and Patty Severide

  2. Jean Wenn Luce :

    We’ll miss you.

  3. Don and Rhonda Goertzen :

    Our heartfelt sympathy are with all of you at this sad time. Your sweet mom was so kind and beautiful inside and out. Heaven only has the Best!

  4. My husband, Marlin Brown and I, loved Maudell. He was DOM for Harmony Baptist Association when she was secretary at East and clerk for HBA. She was a kind and caring person. Sorry for your loss.

  5. Kathy (Pence) Gracey :

    Judy & Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. What a full life she had and was blessed with the years to watch and enjoy her family grow. Pam keeps me filled in about you all and always enjoys the times the she and Otho get together with you! I enjoyed seeing pictures of the wedding a couple weeks ago…you all look so good! I have many fond memories of you & Dale while you were here in Dallas City and Lomax.
    You’re in my thoughts & prayers.
    Kathy Gracey

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