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Virginia W. Sowards

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:27 p.m. CDT

Mrs. Virginia W. “Ginny“ Sowards, 83, of Morris, Ill., passed away early Tuesday morning, March 12, 2013, in Morris Hospital.

She was born in the home of her parents, James and Viola Vergne Stafford, on March 8, 1930, in Lewis County, Ky. She received her education in the schools of Lewis County, Ky., and graduated from Morris High School with the Class of 1948.

She married Hershall G. “Jerry“ Sowards on Jan. 13, 1950, in Morris, Ill. She and her husband owned and operated several restaurants in Will County for many years. She then entered the employment of the Self Locking Corporation on Armstrong Street, and retired from the cafeteria at Morris Hospital in 2000.

She was currently attending the First Baptist Church in Morris.

Surviving are her two sisters, Louise Rose of Aerosmith, Ill., and Opal Johnson of Westerville, Ohio, along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, on Feb. 16, 1990; three sisters; and four brothers.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, at U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, where funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday March 16, with the Rev. John Spohn officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Condolences can be extended online to the family at

U.C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home, Morris, is in charge of arrangements. For additional information, call the funeral home at (815) 942-0084.

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