The Ottumwa Courier

April 6, 2013

Shirley Covert, 89, Ottumwa


OTTUMWA — Shirley E. Covert, 89, formerly of Hillside Apartments, died at 3:08 a.m. April 5, 2013 at Ridgewood Nursing & Rehab Center.

The daughter of Albert and Zona Ellenberger Fowler, she was born June 5, 1923 in Green Top, MO. She married Paul E. Covert on May 15, 1939. He preceded her in death on May 28, 1985.

A resident of Ottumwa most of her life, she lived in Davenport from 1966 to 1989. She had worked at Great River Bend in Davenport.

She had been a member of High Point Foursquare Gospel Church, where she had served as a deacon. She attended First Presbyterian Church. Shirley was also a member of the Ottumwa Women’s Club and past president of Hillside Apartments Tenant Club.

Surviving are two sons, Don “Gene” (Barb) Covert of Ottumwa and Dennis (Joann) Covert of Davenport; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ray Fowler of Tulsa, OK.

She was preceded in death by a son, Paul R. Covert; a daughter, Priscilla “Pat” Randolph; a granddaughter; a great-grandson; a brother, Jim Fowler; two sisters, Virginia and Margaret.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with Rev. David Klanderman officiating. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.

Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Memorials may be made to Hospice serving Wapello and Davis Counties, 927 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Ottumwa, IA 52501.

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