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Margaret C. Mowery, 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at her home in Nashville.
Mrs. Mowery was born October 1, 1924, in Garden City, Indiana, to Ray and Ollie Hendricks. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1941, then from Indiana Business College, and became an executive secretary at Union Starch and Refining Company.
She married Lloyd Mowery on July 22, 1945, with the Rev. T. K. Smith presiding.
She was a den mother for Cub Scouts, and a Pink Lady volunteer at a hospital in La Grange, Illinois. She entertained foreign students from Sweden, Japan, Germany, and many other countries; and served on a local board of International Hospitality. Her duties included interviewing and choosing local students to go abroad, and interviewing and choosing local families to host foreign students. She and her husband were responsible for the organization of buses which took foreign students on a tour of the United States before returning to their native homes.
She graduated from the Hixson School of Design in Cleveland and received a Master's in Wedding Design, then worked at floral shop where she prepared flowers for weddings and also serviced the weddings. She started her own business, designing custom florals and teaching principles of design, which in turn led to an antiques business.
After retiring to Florida, she discovered oil painting and became an artist, specializing in portraits. She was a member of the Bonita Springs Art League. After returning to Indiana she became an exhibiting artist at the Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville, while also teaching beginners in art at her studio.
She is survived by two children, David of Maryland, and Karen of Georgia; and four grandchildren, Benjamin of Shanghai, China, Jared of Virginia, Katherine of Virginia, and Timothy of Georgia.
Mrs. Mowery has donated her body to the Indiana University Department of Medicine for research and education.
In accordance with her wishes, no services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of South Central Indiana.