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Jean A. Bowen

Jean A. Bowen Dec. 11, 1928 - July 24, 2013

GLENWOOD - Jean A. Bowen age 84 of Glenwood, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at the Knute Nelson Home in Alexandria. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27th at Glenwood United Parish in Glenwood. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. on Friday at the Funeral Home in Glenwood and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in the Grove Lake Cemetery in Grove Lake. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.

Jean Allison Bowen was born on December 11, 1928, in rural Villard, Minnesota, to Charles Arthur Harmon and Marion Cockburn Harmon. The family moved to Grove Lake when Jean was 16. She graduated from Glenwood High School in 1946 and St. Cloud Normal School in 1948 with a degree in teaching. On June 26, 1948, Jean was united in marriage to the love of her life, Truman Eugene Bowen at the Grove Lake Methodist Church. They later moved to their farm in Grove Lake where they raised their family of seven children. Jean was a substitute teacher for several country schools, including Grove Lake and Sedan schools in the early years of their marriage.

Jean was a consummate housewife and mother; she loved caring for her husband, children and grandchildren. She took immense joy in watching her grandchildren grow up, and raise their own children. She enjoyed gardening and raised large flower gardens as well as vegetable gardens. In the summer, her kitchen was busy with canning and food preservation. There was always room for one or two more at her kitchen table; Jean was a gracious hostess to all who entered her home and had an “open door” policy for any family or friend. She will be remembered for her homemade treats and warm hospitality.

Jean was very active in the Glenwood United Parish, serving as President of the church council and on several committees. She participated in the United Parish Women, and Evening Circles. Jean was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed her book clubs and book discussions. Jean also loved to travel. She and Truman traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Scotland. She will be remembered for her devotion to and love for Truman and her family.

In 2009, Jean moved to the Glenwood Estates where she greatly enjoyed the staff and residents, continuing her “open door” policy with all. While a resident at the Estates, Jean received excellent care and made many special friends.

Jean will be greatly missed by her many family and friends. She is survived by her children Thomas (Arlene) Bowen, of Glenwood, James (Deborah) Bowen of Montevideo, Elizabeth (Thomas) Pfingsten of Brainerd, Bill (Darby) Bowen of Glenwood, Carol Jane Bowen of Edina, Lisa Bowen and son- in- law Dean Pass of Alexandria. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren Samuel (Kristen) Bowen, John (Michelle Moritz) Bowen, Julie Bowen, Kristy (Troy) Tesch, Vanessa (Ken) Wielenberg, Nathan Bowen, Jolene (Greg) Parks, Sarah (Wade) Petersen, Aric (Elizabeth) Bowen, Angela (Nathan) Jenniges, Alida Holmes, Brynne Pass and Caris Pass. Jean is also survived by 13 great- grandchildren: Madison, Jase and Ellie Bowen; Kyle, Ethan and Grace Jordan; Bowen and Elise Tesch, Addison Parks, Eric and Aidan Bowen, and Truman and Teagan Jenniges. Jean was anxiously awaiting three new great grandchildren this fall. Jean is also survived by her sister, Irene Nelson of Villard, and her sister-in-law Verna (Maurice) Kellander of East Chain. In addition to family, Jean is survived by special friends Steven and Judy Hammer, of Kimball, and Ray and Arlene Richter of St. Cloud.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband Truman, dear son Jerald Bowen; daughter-in-law Sharon Bowen, grandson Jacob Pfingsten, great grandson Mac Parks, brothers Roger Harmon, Donald Harmon, Ian Harmon, Willard Harmon and sisters Dorothy Brees and Jessie LeCount.

Memorial donations directed to the Glenwood United Parish and the Grove Lake Cemetery association.

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