Mary Sybil Nowlin, 84, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at Kansas City Hospice House.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Lamine Cemetery in Lamine. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening at the chapel. The family suggests contributions to American Cancer Society or American Federation for the Blind. Condolences may be left for the family at www.speakschapel.com.
She was born March 12, 1925, to George and Ruby (Fletcher) McDaniel of Noble. At age 16, she moved to Kansas City, working first as a waitress. She then entered a career of 36 years with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, where she enjoyed her friends and co-workers. She was especially proud of her union and served as vice president of Communication Workers of America for the Kansas City Local. On Dec. 12, 1948, she married Charles Harris Nowlin, who worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad. Together, they reared their children in Independence. After retiring to the rural area of Lincoln, her cherished husband passed away in 1995. She then returned to the Kansas City area to be near her family. She enjoyed cooking large dinners for her family, celebrating Christmas, traveling and being with her grandchildren, whom she adored. In her later years, she delighted in her dear friends at Hidden Lake Village Retirement Center. She lived a full and active life until a few days before her passing. In those final days she was held and surrounded by the people that loved her. Mary Sybil Nowlin was strong, loving and self-reliant with an abundantly generous heart. Her passing has left a great void in her family. May God's comfort rest upon her.
She is survived by two sons, Charles "Al" Nowlin and his wife, Phyllis, and Daniel "Dan" Nowlin and his wife, Cheryl; four grandchildren, Elaina, Jason, Erica and Brett; one great-granddaughter, Saphira; one brother, Irvin McDaniel; and several nieces, nephews and cousins that she cared for deeply.
She was preceded in death by her cherished husband, Charles Harris Nowlin; two infant sons; one sister, Leona Essex; and one brother, Eulice McDaniel.
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