Mary Elizabeth Sowell of Delmar passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at her home.

She was born on Dec. 27, 1930 in Wilson, Arkansas, a daughter of the late Bessie Mae (Rogers) White and Thomas A. White.

Mary was a loving homemaker who truly enjoyed raising her family. In her later years she was able to care for her grandchildren when they were younger. She was a wonderful cook and her family will remember her fudge she always made for special holidays. Through the years she was a talented dressmaker and made clothes for her family and sewed everything by hand. She also enjoyed quilting and a piece of her remains in every handmade quilt her children and grandchildren now have to treasure. Mary loved flowers and gardening and was also a talented artist who had a knack for pencil sketching. She will be sorely missed and remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a cat-lover.

She is survived by her children, Lanny J. Sowell (Karen) of Delmar, Cindy Parks of Laurel, and Wesley A. Sowell (Marianna) of Laurel; a stepdaughter, Patricia Sowell of Athens, Alabama; grandchildren, Kristina Akin (Greg), Casey Sowell, Amanda Witt, Cameron Sowell, and Natalie Sowell; great-grandchildren, Ruby Elizabeth Akin, and Abigail Grace Akin; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, M.J. Sowell, who passed in 1979; brothers, J.D. White and Cleatus White; and sisters, Jessie Lee Brown, Bessie Mae Robertson and Adelle McKamey.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. A visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Melson’s Cemetery in Delmar.

Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting