Bower, Minnie Edna Clark

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Minnie Edna Clark Bower, of Floyd, Va., passed away peacefully in the early morning of Thursday, May 27, 2010. She was born on September 19, 1919, as the eldest child of the late James H. Clark and Elizabeth Underwood Clark Huff.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Bower; brothers, Clifford Clark, Jimmy Clark and Silas Huff; son-in-law, Ed Battle.

A native of Floyd County, she also made her home and raised her children there with her husband, Kermit, whom she married on October 31, 1936. She worked as a seamstress for many years in the garment factories in Floyd until the passing of her husband in 1974. In later years, she worked as a floral designer at Sue’s Flower Shop in Floyd. During her lifetime she was an active member of the extension homemaker club and Floyd RSVP. Edna enjoyed traveling with family and friends and quilting. She was a member of the Copper Hill Church of the Brethren.

She is survived by two daughters, Catherine Battle, of Copper Hill, Phama Altizer and husband, Freddie, of Riner; four grandsons, Lemuel Battle, of Copper Hill, Larry Battle and wife, Teresa, of Floyd, Mike Battle and wife, Annette, of Floyd, Josh Altizer, of Riner; two granddaughters, Nina Griffith, of Floyd, Tara Altizer, of Riner; five greatgrandchildren, Eric Janney, Kimberly Nichols, Amanda Griffith, Taylor Griffith, Travis Battle; one great-greatgrandchild, Ava Janney; sisters, Erma Brogan, Irene Midkiff, Frances Kraemer; brothers, Robert Huff, Woody Huff, David Huff; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, 2010, at Gardner Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Battle officiating. Interment will follow at Jacksonville Cemetery. Friends may call after 1 p.m. on Saturday at Gardner Funeral Home, where the family will be from 5 until 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 125 Arrowhead Trail, Suite E, Christiansburg, Va. 24073 or to the charity of your choice.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to personal caregiver, Sharon Williamson, and Good Samaritan Hospice.

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