Elizabeth Holland Gower

July 6, 1923June 27, 2021

Elizabeth “Libby” Holland Gower, 97, of Martinsville passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021. She was born July 6, 1923 in Henry County to Aubrey Johnson Holland and Annie Minter Holland.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Hocutt Gower, Sr.; brother, Julian H. Holland; grandson, Matthew W. Wade.

Libby is survived by her daughter, Debra G. Wade (Doogie); sons, Edward H. Gower, Jr. (Sheri) and Ron H. Gower; grandchildren, Ed McGee, Thad Wade and Dustin Gower; her best buddy, Shirley Cochran.

Libby graduated from Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing in Roanoke in 1946. She worked as an industrial registered nurse for American and Hooker Furniture Companies and later retired from Hooker. She was a member of Axton Baptist Church. She was a 70 year member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

She loved being outdoors and being with her family and friends.

The family extends a special thank you to Libby's caregiver, Jean Tarpley and the staff at Mulberry Creek Nursing and Rehab Center.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 2, 2021 at Roselawn Burial Park and will be officiated by Pastor Billy Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Matt Wade Foundation, P.O. Box 4624, Martinsville, VA 24112.


  • Aubrey Johnson Holland, Father (deceased)
  • Annie Minter Holland, Mother (deceased)
  • Edward Hocutt Gower, Sr., Husband (deceased)
  • Julian H. Holland, Brother (deceased)
  • Matthew W. Wade, Grandson (deceased)
  • Debra G. Wade, Daughter
  • Doogie Wade, Son-in-law
  • Edward H. Gower, Jr., Son
  • Sheri Gower, Daughter-in-law
  • Ron H. Gower, Son
  • Ed McGee, Grandson
  • Thad Wade, Grandson
  • Dustin Gower, Grandson

  • Matt Wade Foundation


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, July 2, 2021


Elizabeth Holland Gower

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Deborah Massey

June 30, 2021

To The Family Mrs. Elizabeth Gower,

It is with heartfelt sympathy to learn of Mrs. Gower's passing. My deepest condolences go out to you the Family during this sad time.

May God bless and keep you,

Deborah Massey

Stacy Thomas

June 29, 2021

I have lived beside Libby, always a smile and a funny story to tell. She loved to see the dogs. She will be missed. So sorry for the families loss.