Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Betty Obit - Death on Sunday Oct 23, 2011

Elizabeth Stowell Hager
July 14, 1922 to October 23, 2011

Here is her tentative obit.


Elizabeth Stowell Hager, 89 a longtime Tulsa resident who retired (and ran off) to San Francisco died peacefully on Sunday October 23, 2011 in San Francisco from a decade of “the long goodbye” of dementia.

Born in 1922, two years after Women’s Sufferage, she did her best to be a better man in a man’s world. Elizabeth S. Hager married five times and outlived them all. She came into the world in a sod house on the Nebraska prairie of Scotts Bluff and left the world in San Francisco – having lived most of her life in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She was the first born child to Fred and Annie Stowell and shouldered the aspirations of generations of beautiful and strong women in her line. In 1939 she left Tulsa at 17 with a full scholarship to USC and graduated with honors in Accounting. After the war, she came back to Tulsa to successfully pass her CPA exam and win the seat of Tulsa City Auditor 1954 to 1956.

She was only the 2nd woman elected in Tulsa to public office and served in the L. C. Clark administration and brought an early version of computers to modernize Tulsa City Government finances. She was the 26th female CPA licensed in the state - certificate number #936, the first woman chapter President of the Tulsa OSCPA chapter 1981-1982 and an AICPA Honorary Member for more than 50 years of membership.

She had many accounting businesses and husbands. Jack P. Anderson was the father of her son John F. Anderson, now deceased. John W. Hager, an emeritus Tulsa University Law Professor, was her husband and father of her other two children – Ted and Eleesa. David Lowrey was her last husband. She loved them all and they loved her back.

She was a generous, and gifted woman that shared her sharp wit and largess with her family and friends. She was a longtime member of the All Souls Unitarian Church that she worked for diligently until she moved to San Francisco in 1996 to be the CFO of her daughter’s technology firm.

She is survived by 3 brothers: Jim Stowell of Texas, Fred Stowell of Tulsa, Dan Stowell of Connecticut, and 2 children: her daughter Eleesa Elizabeth Hager of San Francisco and her son John Theodore Hager of Wichita, KS. She has 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson in Kansas and in Florida.

In short she was awesome. An era has ended and she will be sorely missed.

Please go to for information on memorial services in San Francisco and Tulsa and memorial fund. She will be interred in Tulsa at Memorial Park Cemetery Park.

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