Paula Bowman, 74, of Lenox passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at Greater Regional Hospice Home - HCI in Creston, after battling cancer for 19 years. She was surrounded by many members of her loving family.
Celebration of life memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Creston. Pastor John Rutz will officiate the service. Open visitation with family receiving friends will be from 10 to 11 a.m. service time on Saturday at the fellowship hall of Trinity Lutheran Church. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston. Online condolences can be given at www.powersfh.com.
God did not call Paula home. He did not take her from her husband, Charlie. Paula died because she was born into a sinful and broken world. Jesus knew when it would happen; he made a place for her in heaven and welcomed her. Because there is no sense of time in heaven, Paula will simply wake up there, turn around and say to Charlie, “When did you get here?” Paula died with a grin on her face and a tear of joy in her eye. What an awesome God we have.
Paula was born Paula Jean Davenport on a farm near Shannon City on Dec. 15, 1943, to Hubert and Yreva (Sanderson) Davenport. She was the first of six children. Paula attended country school southwest of Clearfield through the sixth grade before starting the seventh grade at Clearfield Elementary. She graduated from Clearfield High School in 1962.
Paula and her husband, Charlie Bowman, started Sunday school together at the age of five. They attended the same school in Clearfield from the seventh grade through graduation. Through the end of their sophomore year of high school, Paula thought Charlie was the biggest creep around. Paula was a cheerleader, a homecoming queen and widely regarded as a knock out, especially by Charlie.
At the start of their junior year, two friends arranged a double date that sparked something good. On Oct. 5, 1963, Paula and Charlie were united in marriage before starting their home in Lenox. To this union were born three children, Michael in 1964, Mark in 1967 and Charles (Chuck) in 1970. In 1964, they moved to Creston, where they joined Trinity Lutheran Church a year later. Paula loved her church and her God. In 1976, the family moved for their final time back to Lenox.
Although she held a few various short-term jobs to help support her family, Paula’s primary occupation – and her favorite by far – was being a mother and homemaker. She delighted in her children and grandchildren. She was active in her church, enjoyed gardening, spending time with family, taking photos and cross-stitch.
Paula is survived by her husband Charles Bowman and three sons, Mike (Dawne) Bowman of Lenox, Mark (Ellyn) Bowman of Bristow, Virginia, and Chuck (Amy) Bowman of Ottawa, Kansas. Other survivors include six grandchildren, Alexandrea (Chris) Meinders, Halee Wymore, Carter Bowman, Parker Bowman and Hannah and Cole Bowman and two great-grandchildren, Kynlee Wymore and Lylah Corbett. She is also survived by her five siblings, sister Joyce (Carl) Merkh and brothers, Alvin (Claudia) Davenport, Harlan (Dee) Davenport, Brian (Marygrace) Davenport and Eric (Debra) Davenport.
Paula was preceded in death by her parents.