Judith Kathryn Gowing-Bailey

1937 – 2015

Judith Kathryn Gowing-Bailey, of Liberty, Mo., passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015 at her home with her loving family at her side. Judith was born on October 11, 1937 in Orrick, Mo., to George Mason Gowing and Grace Eliza (Woods) Gowing. She was raised in the Orrick community and graduated from Orrick High School with the class of 1954.

Judith attended Christian College in Columbia, Mo., following high school, where she received an associates degree. She later attended and was graduated from Central Missouri State College, in Warrensburg, Mo., with a B.S. and M.S. degree in education.

Judith started her teaching career in Raytown, Mo., where she taught for many years. Later she taught in the West DesMoines, Iowa school district and retired from teaching after many years of teaching there.

Judith had also attended cosmetology school and received a degree in cosmetology. She had worked in Orrick as a hair dresser with Skeets Brady in her salon.

Judith was a member of the Orrick Christian Church. She was an avid master duplicate bridge player. Some of her favorite pastimes include playing cards, spending time with her Palmyra friends and her Lake friends. She loved the Lake of the Ozarks. She loved art and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents, George M. and Grace E. Gowing, and a brother, Sammy L. Gowing.

Survivors include a sister, Sandra Thompson (Mike) of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and a brother, George Kyle Gowing (Joni) of Orrick, Mo., and her nephew and caregiver, Gregory M. Thompson of Liberty, Mo., and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

At her request, Judith has been cremated and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.


Our sincere sympathy to all of Judith’s family. She was a classy, fun loving lady. We always looked forward to our Lake visits and, more recently, long phone calls filled with laughter. She and Margaret are sharing a laugh right now!
Pat and Ann Murphy

What an absolutely GREAT LADY!! Always enjoyed visiting with her.
David Blyth