Elva Clower Sowers

February 05, 1916 - June 27, 2011

Elva Clower Sowers, 95, of Floyd, passed away June 27, 2011. She was preceded in death by two brothers, three sisters, and her husband Wayne E. Sowers. She is survived by her sister, Gladys Conner, of Floyd; two sisters-in-law Glada Hale and Vera Sowers, both of Roanoke; and nephews and nieces including Patricia Altizer of Floyd who has seen to her care during her declining health. For many years Elva and Wayne tended their Floyd County farm while also working other jobs. Elva was employed by Donkenny garment factory where she took great pride in her work as a seamstress. At home she was meticulous in the care of her house, lawn and garden. After Wayne’s death in 1981, she continued living on the farm until 1995 when she sold the farm and followed her sisters who had moved closer to town. After moving to Tise Street in Floyd, she was always busy in her house and yard. On Sundays she attended church at Camp Bethel United Methodist Church where she was an active member. Elva loved telling funny stories or jokes that she had read or heard. She also liked to entertain her guests by playing the old pump organ and singing for them. She always wanted to be neighborly and to help others who were less fortunate or needy. Visitation will be held at Gardner’s Funeral Home from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Thursday, June 30, 2011. The funeral service will be conducted by Rev. Richard Mullan and Rev. Elbert Naff in the funeral home chapel at 11:00 am Friday, July 1, 2011, with the burial to follow at Wilson Cemetery in Check. Memorial donations may be made to Wilson Cemetery in care of Robert Vest, 1372 Daniels Run Rd., Check, VA. 24072. Condolences may be made to the family at

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