Jan 17, 2020 1:40 AM

Donald Milton Cowley 1925 - 2020

Posted Jan 17, 2020 1:40 AM

Donald Milton Cowley, 94, of Nortonville, KS died Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the Atchison Medicalodge.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Saturday, Jan. 18th, 2020 at the Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church with Rev. Jim Cormode officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Effingham, KS. The family will receive friends from 12:30-2:00 pm on Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Atchison County 4 H Scholarship Fund or the Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church and may be sent in care of the Becker-Dyer-Stanton & O’Trimble Funeral Homes who is handling the arrangements. Condolences to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.

Don was born on December 1, 1925 in Nortonville, KS the son of John Robert and Lois Laura (Leighton) Cowley. He was proud of his family heritage and especially his lineage with the Isle of Man. He attended the Clingon Grade School and Atchison County Community High School. He worked his entire life as a farmer and was born, raised and still lived on the place he was born. He was a member and former Deacon of the Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church and enjoyed collecting antiques, working on old hit & miss gas engines, old cars, tractors, he enjoyed boston terriers, raising cattle and hogs and in his younger years sheep in 4-H. He was a member of 4-H until he was 21 years old and was one of the first recipients of the set of silverware given by Blair Milling for the Outstanding 4-H member. Don had driven the “Friend of 4-H” in the Atchison County Fair for 17 years. He served on the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association for over 65 years.

Don was married to Pearl N. Locklin on Aug. 1, 1948 at the Nortonville Pleasant Grove Christian Church, they have been married for 71 years. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include a special nephew, Jack Jarratt, Kansas City, KS, numerous other nieces and nephews. His parents, a brother, Robert Cowley, and a sister, Eileen Jarratt, preceded him in death.

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Janice K. Pray  1934 - 2020

Janice was born on April 24, 1934 and passed away January 16, 2020 at home surrounded by family, friends and her precious dogs, Pippa and Heidi.

Janice was the only child of Edna and Harry Holihan and lived most of her life in St. Joseph but, loved traveling and spent many special times at the Lake of the Ozarks. She graduated from Central High School and from Stephens College in Columbia, MO.

She married the love of her life, J. Gordon Pray in 1956 and has missed him every day since his passing in 1990. Janice and Gordon had two children, Jennifer (Jenni) and Brent (Buff), who have preceded her in death.

Janice was active in many volunteer activities throughout her lifetime. She served tirelessly with the St. Joseph Junior League, P.E.O. International, Albrecht/Kemper Museum, Noyes Home for Children, American Cancer Society, Pony Express Stables, and Missouri Western Ambassadors. Her contributions to the community of St. Joseph will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Angie Rowland (Randy), St. Joseph; her grandson, Johnathan Pray (Danelle), Branson, MO; granddaughter, Chelsea Rowland; great-grandchildren, Breanna and Alexus Pray, as well as countless friends

Private Graveside Farewell Service & Interment, Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Missouri Western Ambassadors for scholarships awarded in Jan’s memory, 4525 Downs Drive, Spratt Hall, Rm 108, St. Joseph, MO 64507 or the Noyes Home for Children, 801 N. Noyes Blvd., St. Joseph, MO 64506.

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