March 03, 2021

Lola Stowell


Lola Stowell, 89, of Greenfield went home to be with her Lord, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, at Greenfield Rehabilitation and Health Care Center at the age of 89 years, 5 months, and 3 days.

Lola Mae (Campbell) Stowell was born in Orient Sept. 4, 1931, to Howard I. and Lulu E. (Colwell) Campbell. She was raised in Orient, enjoyed playing basketball in high school. She graduated in 1949. She worked with her mother at the lunch counter at the Orient Sale Barn, where she met the man that would soon be her husband. She married Kenneth Earl Stowell Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 1950, in Greenfield. They were the parents of three children: Cheryl Marie, Bonnie Jean and Dennis Earl.

The family lived in Greenfield with the exception of being in Montezuma from 1961 to 1962. Lola was a woman of many skills as demonstrated by the variety of jobs she held. She worked at the Maid Rite Restaurant, Adair County Court House, ASC offices in Greenfield and Montezuma, S & S Needlecraft (Kay Shannon line), Social Services, Adair County Mutual, McKibban Hardware and Crooks Clothing.

As if family and these occupations weren’t enough, she also donated her energies to Greenfield Business Women, Greenfield Legion Auxiliary and the Hospital Auxiliary. Lola’s faith in Christ was extremely important to her as shown by her involvement in the Christian Women’s Club and at the Greenfield Gospel Chapel.

Beyond that she was involved in many other activities. She was on a bowling team, read books, did puzzles, and traveled. She especially enjoyed sewing, including making wedding dresses (and other bridal party gowns) for both of her daughters and several granddaughters. While she was able, she made quilts for each great grandchild.

All of her family still talk about the great things that came from her kitchen: beef and homemade noodles, graham cracker pudding, red and green pickles, applesauce — the list goes on and on.

Lola was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Lulu Campbell; husband Ken; son Dennis; brothers: Joe, Emmett, Harold, Fred, Robert, Carl and Donald “Toby”; sisters: Lela Coleman, Merna Coleman, Ileen Pote and twin sister Zola in infancy; son-in-law Bill Wichart; numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in law.

Left to cherish their memories of her are daughters: Cheryl (Phil) Cannon of Greenfield and Bonnie Wichhart of Polk City; grandchildren: Sara (Tim) Piearson, Laura (Seth) Harrington, Amanda Cannon, Lisa (Andy) Robles, Lindsey (Shawn) Swygman, Amber Wichhart, Chandra (Garrett) Robinson, Dustin (Jen) Stowell, Devin (Aurora) Stowell and Deidra (Cory) Rankin; 22 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at Greenfield Gospel Chapel with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery. The Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left to the family at