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Joyce Ann (Gabbard) Sowder

September 19, 1952 ~ August 14, 2021 (age 68)


Mrs. Joyce Ann Gabbard Sowder, age 68, wife of Dean, of Mt. Vernon, KY, passed away at her home on Saturday, August 14th, 2021.

Joyce was born on September 19th, 1952, in Berea, KY, a daughter of the late Raymond and Ruth Madden Gabbard. She was united in marriage to Dean Sowder, on October 16th, 2006. She was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to celebrate her life are her husband of 14 years, Dean Sowder of Mt. Vernon, Ky; her children: Bridget (Dewayne) Croucher, of Mt. Vernon, KY, Billy (Miranda) Barrett of Richmond, KY, and Ricky Barrett of Mt. Vernon, KY; her grandchildren: Jay Croucher, Chris Croucher, Erica Croucher, Serinity Stone Barrett, and Keelin Barrett; her great-grandchildren: Jadyn Croucher, David Croucher, and Makennalee Barnes; and a sister: Margaret Rose.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers: Raymond Gabbard and Jesse Gabbard; and four sisters: Amy Heart, Betty Lamb, Thalma “Pete” Cope, and Dorothy Casteel.

Services for Mrs. Joyce Ann Gabbard Sowder will begin with the visitation on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021, from 6pm-9pm. Funeral will be Wednesday, August 18th, 2021, at 1pm, with Doug Collins officiating. Both will be held at the Marvin E. Owens Home for Funerals. Burial will follow in the Skaggs Creek Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Nick Schwarts, Jerry Causey, Wayne Casteel, Virgil Himes, Donald Sowder, and Jacob Barnes.

In lieu of flowers, contributions/donations can be made in Joyce’s honor to the burial fund; PO Box 658 Brodhead, KY 40409.

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August 17, 2021

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Marvin E Owens Home for Funerals
148 West Main St / PO Box 658
Brodhead, KY 40409

Funeral Service
August 18, 2021

1:00 PM
Marvin E. Owens Home for Funerals
148 West Main Street
Brodhead, KY 40409

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