Iva Mae Bower

August 03, 1927 - September 30, 2014

Iva Mae Bower, 87, of Floyd, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Harvey and Lula Mae Dobbins. She was predeceased by her sister, Ada Basham, and brother, Carl Dobbins. She also was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Fred Lewis Bower. She worked hard all her life, and was a devoted mother. She was known as an excellent cook and she loved her cats. She also enjoyed her neighbors and loved to share old timey ways with them. Left to treasure her memory are her children: Calvin Bower and wife, Mary of Salem, Ginger B. Conner of Virginia Beach, G.G. Bower and fiancé, Mary Owens of Floyd. She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren: Jessica Bean and husband, J.C. of Roanoke, David Stump and wife, Lisa of Moneta, Teresa Basham and husband, Dikki of Salem, along with Katrina Conner, Samuel Conner, & Benjamin Conner all of Virginia Beach. She had four great grandchildren: Peyton James McGrady and Delia Rose Bean of Roanoke and Michael and Stephanie Stump of Moneta. Also treasuring her memory is her “very special friend” and companion, Bud Lorleberg of Floyd who brought love and laughter into her life for 14 years. Her children can never thank him enough for caring for their mom. Gardner Funeral Home of Floyd will provide visitation on Friday, October 3, 2014 where the family will be from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Gardner Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Reverend Jimmy Cannaday and Reverend Hebron Quesenberry officiating. Interment will follow at Jacksonville Cemetery. A reception will be provided by the Women’s Fellowship at Red Oak Grove Church of the Brethren following the service. Online condolences may be made to the family at The family is being served by Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd, VA. (540) 745-2007.

Guest book

John & Carol Boyd

Floyd, VA
October 02, 2014

Iva was a real sweet lady and we came to know her through attending Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren with her friend, Bud Lorleberg. Each of you have our deepest sympathy. May our Lord Jesus Christ bring comfort, love and peace to your heart.

Holly Schlessman-Toth

Anderson, MO
October 08, 2014

G.G. - So sorry to hear of your mothers passing, we are thinking of you and your family. Jon & Holly Toth