Barbara Dee Sowers, 72, of Arcadia passed away at 1:38 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born Sept. 4, 1945 in Elwood to Ray and Dorothy (Hunter) Cummins.

On Oct. 8, 1966 she married Virgil C. “Buddy” Sowers and he survives. 

She was the middle of three girls. She graduated from Jackson Central High School in 1964 and was a member of East Union Christian Church. She was an animal lover and enjoyed showing Shetland ponies in her youth. Upon graduating, she worked as a Program Analyst for the Department of Defense at Ft. Benjamin Harrison for thirty years retiring in 1995. She enjoyed life to the fullest and was always smiling and laughing. Her family, pets included, was of the utmost importance to her. She also enjoyed traveling, collecting and trail riding. She was the matriarch of the family and enjoyed spending time with her family. Zeva, her dog and her horse Triton will miss her greatly. 

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Buddy; a daughter, Robyn Sowers, Kokomo; two sisters, Judy Cummins, Arcadia, Susan Ringer and husband Jim, Atlanta; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by a godson, Dakota Lee Fry; a nephew, Bobby Jones; a sister-in-law Linda Jones and her husband Rocky. 

A memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 2017 at Young-Nichols Funeral Home, Tipton. Visitation is scheduled from 4 p.m. until the time of the service Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, S.D., 57326.