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Marcelline Teresa Fowler

Marcelline Fowler, 89, of Commerce passed away peacefully at her home, with family by her side, on Tuesday June 16, 2020.

She was born in Rowena, Texas on December 3, 1930, the daughter of Herman A. Hoelscher and Agatha T. Schuster Hoelscher. Marcelline married Billy Gene Fowler on June 8,1950, in San Angelo, Texas and they were married for 60 years before his passing on July 28, 2010.  Mrs. Fowler retired from the Customer Service Department of GTE. Being of German descent, Marcelline loved Polka music and could shake a leg with the best of them. She also loved tending to her cows on her farm and taking in and helping raise her nephews and nieces. She was a member of the BPOE Does as well.

Survivors include a son: Bobby J. Fowler of Hughes Springs, Tx., grandchildren: Brian Fowler of Taylor, Arkansas, Amber Norris of Sulphur Springs, Tx.,Billy Fowler of Commerce, Tx., Brent Fowler of Wilcox, North Carolina, and Belyn Graves of Wake Village, Tx. Other survivors include her great-grandchildren: Maggie Fowler of Commerce, Tx., Taylor Swinson of Loveland, Colorada, Tanner Swinson of Sulphur Springs, Tx. and Reese Fowler and Cannon Fowler of Taylor, Arkansas. One sister, Ethline Moore of Yantis, Texas also survives Mrs. Fowler.

She was preceded in death by:her parents, her husband, one son, Billy Mack Fowler, brothers: Gary Hoelscher and Stanley Hoelscher and a sister JoAnn Cage.

A viewing will be held on Thursday June 18, 2020  and Friday June 19, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Jones-Walker and Son Funeral Home at 1209 Live Oak Street in Commerce, Texas. The family will have a private committal service at a later date in Bronte, Texas.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.


Arrangements are under the care of the Jones-Walker and Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Commerce, Texas.

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Agricultural Hero
Amber Norris
Published in DRIVE Livestock Magazine Jan. 2012

Growing up on the farm, all little girls thought their Papas were invincible. But it wasnt until I got older that I realized what they say is true, Behind every great man is a strong woman! My hero & tractor operating mentor is my grandmother, Marcy Fowler.

Born in 1930 on a small farm in Rowena, Texas, Marcy grew to love agriculture at an early age. In 1950, she married Bill Fowler of San Angelo, Texas. In San Angelo they owned and operated a Massey Ferguson tractor dealership and ran cattle along the Colorado River in Bronte, Texas.

By default a ranchers wife, must be able to juggle many tasks, and still have dinner ready by 5 pm. For this reason, I believe most are todays agricultural heroes!

When I was four my granddad had a massive heart attack leaving my grandmother in charge of most farm operations. This included anything from baling hay, harvesting wheat, and chasing cattle.

As a little girl, I can remember my grandmother being able to start a tractor with a screw driver, build a complete section of fence with just a single strand and a fence stretcher, and pull a calf in her church clothes. There was not anything she would not tackle and accomplish in one way or another. She wouldnt cuss or complain and still managed to have a hot meal available for all ranch hands and family, daily.

She taught me the value of hard work and never giving up, not only through words but through her actions in agriculture. Today, although my grandfather has passed, she still runs cattle in East Texas and enjoys helping local 4-H students with cattle projects. Meme, thank you for all you have taught me, you are my hero in agriculture!

Amber Norris Jun 17 2020 12:00 AM