Wilma Lillian Owenson

COLUMBIA — Wilma Lillian Owenson of Columbia died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Lenoir Woods Senior Living. She was 79.

Ms. Owenson was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Bode, Iowa, to Andrew Clifford and Lillian Adelia Bronstad Rossing.

She attended Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, and graduated from Fairview Nursing School in Minneapolis.

Ms. Owenson worked as a registered nurse for Boone Hospital Center for 15 years before retiring in 1996.

Ms. Owenson is survived by a son, Brian David Owenson and wife, Hwayoung Oh, of San Francisco; a daughter, Becky Owenson Kilpatrick and husband, Colin, of Columbia; two brothers, Conrad Rossing of Wells, Minn., and Richard Rossing of Sun City, Ariz.; and four grandchildren, Ian Andrew Kilpatrick, Samuel William Kilpatrick, Jeeheh Choi and Nicholas Owenson.

A sister, Pearl Frost, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 1 to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 26, at St. Olaf’s Lutheran Church, 307 Rossing Ave., in Bode. Services will follow immediately after the visitation at St. Olaf's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Mid-Missouri Alzheimer’s Association, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia MO 65201.

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