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Anita Louise Cowger, 68, of Effingham, former resident of Rose
Hill, passed away at 12:44 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Effingham.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Meyer Funeral Home in Newton with David McConnell officiating. Burial will be in the Sumner Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In loving memory of Anita, memorials may be made to the family. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com.
Anita was born on Dec. 31, 1948, in Watson, the daughter of Leon and Lela (Wright) Stiffler. She married David Cowger, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1988.
Anita worked as a Certified Nurse's Assistant for several years at Newton Rest Haven in Newton. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Effingham. Anita enjoyed singing, gardening, watching western movies and spending time with her family.
Anita is survived by children, Cecelia Kessler (special friend Tony Stepp), Caryn (Chris) Cross and Michael Cowger, all of Effingham; grandchildren, Ashley, Heather, Courtney, DeAnna, Lacee, Brittany, Erika, Alec, Tylor, Tristan, Treyton, Natalie, Kaitlyn and Sierra; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Vernon Stiffler of Effingham; sisters, Barbara Vanatta of Greenup, Linda Wolff of Altamont, Sharon Stiffler of Effingham, Elaine Phelan of Little Rock, Arkansas, Wanda McCoy of Effingham, and Vickie Stiffler of Effingham.
Anita was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Nancee Forde; and a brother, Charles Stiffler.
Published on March 17, 2017
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