Bower, Nema Hazel (Tracy) (November 24, 1892 - January 27, 1970)

Nema Hazel Bower

Unknown - February 5, 1970

Nema Hazel Bower, a resident of Douglas for 58 years, was born October 24, 1892 in Kearney, Nebr., the youngest of five daughters of Addison and Ida Tracy. Mrs. Bower's grandfather Tracy was a Civil War veteran.

She died January 27, 1970 at Converse County Memorial Hospital in Douglas at the age of 77.

She attended grade school and high school in Kearney, and on April 30, 1912 married Clyde H. Bower. They both were students at Kearney Normal University. That same year, they moved to Douglas to the LaPrele Community to the A.G. Bower ranch. In the days of horse-drawn wagons, the Bowers were owners of one of the first automobiles in the Douglas area. Hazel was active in all community affairs, and continued on after moving to Douglas in 1935.

Mr. and Mrs. Bower celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1952.

Mrs. Bower was an active member of the First Methodist Church, the Woman's Society of Christian Service; Senior Fellowship; Missionary Society; a charter member of the LaPrele Homemakers club; and the Wyoming Pioneer Association. Many will remember her for her friendship and as a good neighbor and for her Irish humor. She served as a peacemaker and was never too busy to listen to others.

She is survived by a son, Bruce, of Douglas; two daughters, Maurine Hardesty, Douglas; Erma Edwards, Everett, Washington; eleven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 30, at the First Methodist Church in Douglas with the Rev. Neil Warner officiating. Organist was Mrs. Orville Nicholls who accompanied Mrs. Carl Hahn in "The Old Rugged Cross, and the "Take My Hand." Burial was in the Douglas Park Cemetery and pallbearers were her grandsons, Clyde E. Bower, Robert E. Bower, Richard M. Bower, Thomas D. Bower, Russell L. Nachtman, and Cecil Van Paatten.


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