Alberta Roxie McGowen, age 69, daughter of Charley and Lura (Knight) Pearcy was born June 8, 1945 in Upton, MO. She passed away July 15, 2014 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO following a struggle with cancer.
Roxie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lonnie; two brothers: Stanley and Rex Pearcy, and one sister, Rita Collins.
Roxie grew up in the Upton area and graduated from Plato High School. She married the love her life and best friend, Lonnie Dean McGowen, on May 11, 1963, and to this union three children were born.
She is survived by her children: Kevin McGowen and wife Brenda, Kelly Head and husband Heath, and Karla Hinkle and husband Matt, three grandchildren, Jenna, Megan and Mason; two great-grandchildren: Hunter and Levi, and a lifelong family friend, Rhonda Neal. She is also survived by a sister Alvina Biram.
Roxie was a member of Ozark Baptist Church and was baptized August 11, 1974. Roxie had rededicated her life to the Lord and shared with others how much she had learned about Him in the past year.
Roxie and Lonnie owned and operated the Skyline Trophy Shop for thirty-five years. They owned L & R Mobile Homes, Inc. from 1972 to present. They also owned and operated L&R Skating Rink for ten years during the 1980’s.
Roxie was a great athlete, and especially enjoyed playing softball and bowling. She loved to support local young athletes and various teams. Her true calling was supporting and helping others, both individually and through numerous community organizations. She loved traveling and spending time with Lonnie, as well as the many adventures and hobbies she and Rhonda shared together. She especially loved gathering family and friends together in the McGowen home for fish fries and other meals.
Roxie’s greatest enjoyment was being with her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be tremendously missed by all who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Texas County Food Pantry, in her memory. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.
Visitation will be held Friday July 18, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be Saturday July 19, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at Wellspring Church with Pastor Doug Collins and Rev. Kendall Ford officiating. Pallbearers are: Matt Hinkle, Heath Head, J D Biram, Bud Biram, Robert Perkins, Donald McCallister and Mason Hinkle. Burial is in Hickory Ridge Cemetery.