|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1958|
|Death: ||May 6, 2004|
Dena was born in St.Joseph, MO to Glenn Franklin Bower and Doris Lorraine Sill Bower of Hemple,MO. She is survived by her parents and sister Donna Denise Bower Kretzschmar and her husband Victor; two nieces - Erin Elaine Kretzschmar Nash and husband Michael, Gwen Marie Kretzschmar Ford and husband Richard; and a great nephew & niece,Seth & Leah Ford, who entered this world after her passing.
Dena graduated from East Buchanan High School in Gower, MO; MO Western State College in St Joseph, MO with a BS in Education; and received her Masters of Ed from Northwest MO State University in Maryville, MO. She taught French and Spanish, first at Benton High School in St. Joseph, MO, then in the Kansas City MO School District, Park Hill School District, Blue Valley School District, and ended her career back in St. Joseph at Lafayette High School. She was also the Coordinator of Foreign Languages for the St. Joseph School District. Dena was a member of numerous professional education organizations, and a well-known speaker at foreign language conferences and events. Most of all she was a giving and loving daughter, sister, aunt, teacher, and friend. Dena loved life and lived it to the fullest. She was an accomplished pianist, a lover of the arts, and a world traveler. She took many student groups to Mexico and Europe to experience the cultures they learned about in her classes. A scholarship in her name was established by her family and is given each spring to a worthy Lafayette High School senior.
Dena's funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 11 at Wyatt Park Baptist Church in St. Joseph. Interment was at Kerns-Freeman Cemetery in Hemple, MO.
Glenn Franklin Bower (1925 - 2013)
Doris Lorraine Sill Bower (1927 - 2014)
Note: Altho stated here (and i can't find how to change it!), the address for the Kerns-Freeman Cemetery is HEMPLE not Easton, MO.
Plot: Plot 31, Row B
Created by: Denise
Record added: Aug 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75312845
JARROTT P. COX
Added: Feb. 21, 2013
I miss you every day my dear sister, but i know we will be reunited in heaven one day!|
Added: Oct. 21, 2011