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Martha Nell Sowers

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 11:29 am


Martha Nell Sowers of Elora, Tennessee passed this world to be with her Lord Jesus on July 21, 2023.

Martha was proud of her humble beginnings as a country girl being born on September 23, 1933 to Noland Elbert and Mattie Lou (Brewer) Rutledge in Elora. She remained a farmer’s daughter until she married her city boy, Donald Lee Sowers, and they moved to Illinois in December 1951. While in Illinois, Martha had 5 children and found time to drive a school bus for the Chicago area until her retirement. Martha and Don moved back to Tennessee in June of 1993 to enjoy their life together. Martha spent much of her time was with crafting. She was an expert at knitting, sewing, crocheting, woodworking, and ceramics to name a few. However, her favorite pass time was reminiscing of the old times with family and friends.

Her laugh was infectious, her smile contagious, and the twinkle in her eyes were all signs of a life full of joy and happiness. Martha is preceded in death by her parents Noland and Mattie Rutledge, her husband of 50 years, Don Sowers; a daughter, Sue Gorman; son-in-law, Roger Roeder; daughter-in-law, Lyn Sowers; and brother, Jesse Rutledge. Remaining to cherish her memories here on earth are her daughter, Lou Ann (Emilio Jr. “Chief”) Zarate of Elora, sons David (Nancy) Sowers of Winchester, Robert (Regina) Sowers of Ragland, AL, and Bryan (Carin) Sowers of Hixson, TN. In addition to her children she also leaves behind two sisters and a brother, Gladys Lee, Elnor Jo Walker, and Harry (Patsy) Rutledge all of Huntland. She was blessed with 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews. Also, she leaves her church family at Huntland First Baptist Church where she was member. The Jasper Funeral Home is honored and privileged to serve the family during this time of sorrow.

The services were held at the Huntland First Baptist Church, 360 Main Street, Huntland, TN 37345 on July 23. Martha was laid to rest beside by her beloved husband in the Moore Memorial Cemetery in Huntland.

Jasper Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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