Obituary of Margaret Dalby Fowler

Margaret Dalby Fowler, age 91 died October 3, 2019, at Guest Home Estates in Fort Scott, KS. She was born Emma Margaret Dalby on December 5, 1927, in Dalby Springs, TX, the daughter of Clarence Winston Dalby and Sarah Della Young Dalby.  She married Herman Hugh Fowler on Jan. 24, 1953, in Dalby Springs, Texas. She was a bank teller in DeKalb and also in Bryan, TX, while Herman was attending Texas A & M University.

Margaret was a housewife who took great pride in getting clothes ready for her husband’s business meetings and packing many suitcases for him as he traveled as Chief Engineer for Rockwell International.

She was mother to two daughters and was well known for her cake baking and sharing of delicious food with friends and neighbors. She also was an avid shopper, shopping for friends and family and mailing the items to them in other states. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kearney, NE, for over 50 years.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Johannsen and husband Mike of Gibbon, NE, and Joyce Davenport and husband Larry of Fort Scott, KS; grandchildren Jenna Pilant and husband Darrel of Pauma Valley, CA; Evan Johannsen, of Gibbon, NE; Craig Winston Davenport of Joplin, MO and Chris Winston Davenport and wife Jessica of Overland Park, KS.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1987, and brothers Billy Fountain Dalby, Clarence Winston Dalby, Jr., and sisters Virginia Dalby Messer and Della Dalby Icenhower.  Margaret was the last remaining sibling of five.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 12 at 10:00 am at the Bates Family Funeral Home, with Graveside services following at 11:00 am at Pulaski Cemetery in New Boston, TX with Robby Bates officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Kearney, NE or Dalby Springs Cemetery Association for Pavilion and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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