JUNE FOSTER GOWER
June Foster Gower passed away on October 13, 2016,
after a brief battle with cancer.
She was born on June 9, 1941, at Gad, WV, to Dennis
and Madaline Foster. They preceded her in death, as did
her sisters Gertrude Legg and Mary Williams Hamrick.
June is survived by her husband, Bruce Gower; daughters
Cindy (and CJ) Ellyson; Sarah (and David) Thompson;
granddaughter Anna (and Tim) Lewis; grandsons Blake and
Ryan Thompson; Annetta Ellyson and Jay (and Nikki)
Ellyson; and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived
by sisters, Virginia (and Darrell) Johnson, Nora Ramsey,
Trish (and Allen) Donaldson; brothers, Dennis (and Jean)
Foster, Fred (and Patsy) Foster, Charlie Bob (and Gloria)
Foster, and Rock (and Elaine) Foster.
She was a 1959 graduate of Nicholas County High School,
where she was a cheerleader. She worked for Eli Lilly Co.
in Indianapolis, IN. She was employed at the Nicholas
County Courthouse from 1968 to 2007, serving as Deputy
Circuit Clerk, office manager for the Prosecuting Attorney,
and as Circuit Clerk of Nicholas County from 1993-2007.
June was a member of the Summersville Lakers Women's
Slowpitch Softball team, the Azure Lake Garden Club,
Summersville Women's Club, the Goldwing Road Riders
Association, and the Moto Guzzi National Owner's Club.
She was former secretary of the Democratic Executive
Committee, member of the WV Association of County and
Circuit Clerks, as well as the Wage and Benefit Board,
where she was an advocate of equal pay and benefits for
county employees. As Circuit Clerk of Nicholas County, she
helped to implement pioneering new technology, including
juror and records management systems. She attended
Dotson Simpson United Methodist Church. She was an
avid bowler at White Oak Lanes in Oak Hill and a longtime
supporter of the NCHS Band Boosters.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday,
October 16, 2016 at the Up Yonder Picnic Shelter at
Summersville with Revs. Ken Ramsey and Allen Donaldson
officiating. White Funeral Home is in charge of the
The family would like to thank Kanawha Hospice Care for
their kind and loving care of June.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made
to Dotson Simpson United Methodist Church, 630 Margaret
Street, Summersville, WV, 26651.
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