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“Sorry for your loss. Esther was a great lady. The service was a beautiful memorial to her. Both grandsons should be commended for the touching...Read More »
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Esther Ruth (Perkins) Sowers, age 91, of Fort Wayne, IN (formerly of Leo, IN) passed away on September 21, 2019. She was born on May 21, 1928 in Warsaw, IN to Percy K. and Florence M. (Cozens) Perkins.

She was graduated from Warsaw High School and attended the State Normal and Industrial School in Allendale, North Dakota. She served as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Oakes, North Dakota. On June 13, 1948 Esther married Blaine E. Sowers in Warsaw, IN. She attended Leo United Methodist Church in Leo, Indiana for 52 years where she taught Sunday School and Bible School, and among many other volunteer duties, served as a cook for the youth at Epworth Forest Church Camp for 10 years. She was also an active member of United Methodist Women. She was a Girl Scout leader and was a member of the Fort Wayne Settlers as a master basket maker, candle maker and spinner. She was also an avid knitter and loved to read.

Esther was kind, loving, caring and prayerful. She loved her family with her whole heart.

She is survived by daughter Kathie Kaufmann of Bolivar, MO, son Dr. Bruce (Brenda) Sowers of Hamilton, IN, daughter Kyle (James) Zanker of Fort Wayne, IN, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded by husband Blaine, son-in-law Kenneth Kaufmann, 2 sisters – Beatrice Reiber and Roberta Sowers, and 4 brothers – Lloyd, Wesley, Bud, and Forrest Perkins.

Service is 10 AM Thursday, October 17, 2019 at D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Home, 1320 E Dupont Rd. Fort Wayne, IN with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 4pm to 7pm, Wednesday, October 16. Burial in Leo Memorial Park, 14600 Leo Rd, Leo, IN.