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Wilma Doreene Chowning, 87, of Birch Tree, Missouri departed this life on February 24, 2013 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. She was born on May 31, 1925 in Shannon County, Missouri, the daughter of John Edward and Ida C. (Layman) Nicholson.

Doreene was united in marriage to Earl Chowning on August 14, 1948 in Mountain View, Missouri. They shared 64 years together.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Trell and Pete; and one sister, Aleene.

Survivors include her husband, Earl, of the home; two sons, Marshall Chowning and wife, Erma, Birch Tree, and Mike Chowning and wife, Janet, Mountain View; one daughter, Donna Whiteside and husband, Richard, Mountain View; one brother, Paul Nicholson and wife, Beverly, Birch Tree; eight grandchildren, Tamme, Skip, Michael, Steve, Kristy, Tyler, Ryan, and Kelsi; and eleven great grandchildren.

Doreene enjoyed cooking, sewing, and flower gardening. She also enjoyed playing music with Earl.

Doreene was a full-time homemaker and grandma, who never had a grandmother of her own, but was determined to be a good one to her grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Interment will be in Montier Cemetery, Montier, Missouri.

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