Accepting, hospitable, and faithful; these attributes best describe the wife, mother, and grandmother that was Bobby Jean Bowman. Non judgmental and welcoming, Bobby Jean embraced family and friends just the way they were … just as Christ would himself. Surrounded by her loving family, Bobby Jean finished her race and kept her faith after passing away Sunday evening April 10, 2016.
The daughter of Clarence and Alice (Kirkpatrick) Lifer, Bobby Jean was born March 22, 1928 in Croton. Bobby Jean graduated from Butler High School in 1946. She completed her college education after graduating from Bliss Business College. While earning her degree, Bobby Jean worked as a waitress at Frecker’s Restaurant in Columbus. She also worked as a bookkeeper for the Bellville Foundry.
On Feb. 4, 1948 she married Bernard Dwight Bowman. Devoted to her family, Bobby Jean was a dedicated wife and mother, raising six children. She also worked as a bookkeeper for D.H. Bowman and Sons.
A devoted homemaker, Bobby Jean enjoyed gardening, cooking, and family vacations. She enjoyed studying genealogy, and many family reunions were held at her and Bernard’s home. Bobby Jean loved her children and grandchildren and loved to be surrounded by them even more.
Bobby Jean was a lifetime member of the Jelloway Zion Lutheran Church as well as a member of the Butler Clear Fork Valley Historical Society.
She is survived by five children, Pamela and Donald Roork, of Sylvania, Anthony and Pamela Bowman, of Butler, Teresa and William Mahoney, of Butler, Angela and Darryl Jones, of Bellville, and Bernard Bowman II, and Tamara Lane, of Butler; grandchildren and their spouses Eric and Robin Roork, Renee and Keith Little, Ruthanne and Neil Alvarado, Adam Bowman, Kimberly and Mark DeLaney, Anna and Michael Hays, Alicia Weikle, Jennifer Mahoney, Leah and Nathan Bebout, Randall Jones, Andrea and Brent Fogg, Liza and Christopher Millsaps, Brittany Bowman and fiancé Brett Gehrisch and Nicole and Andrew White; great grandchildren Emmett, Amelia, and Violet Roork, Grayden, Cole, and Allison Little, Lillian Alvarado, Addyson and Joslyn DeLaney, Molly Hays, Rena DeLorenzo, Amaya, Lenee, Lauryn and Leonard “Tre” Copeland, Taya Steward, Jayla and Jamaar Ward, Rosalie and Whitaker Bebout, Sawyer Fogg, Audrey Bowman, and Lydia White. As well as siblings Wilma Banks, Marjorie (Pore) Meiring and Sonny Meiring, and Frederick and Margaret Lifer; in-laws Carol Lee Lifer and Frank Lewis and Clyde and Marian Bowman; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Bernard Dwight Bowman; son Timothy Andrew Bowman; brother Carroll Dean Lifer, father-in-law and mother-in-law Don Hugh and Grace Bowman, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Robert Banks, John Pore, Richard and Gwen Bowman, Merrill Bowman, Wendall and Marjorie Ward.
The family will receive friends Friday, April 15, 2016 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Jelloway Zion Lutheran Church, 20177 Wooster Road, Danville. Friends may also call on the family the hour prior to the service, at the church building. Pastors Tom Heil and Bill Winzeler will officiate. Burial will follow in Jelloway Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions to Jelloway Zion Lutheran Church, Butler Clear Fork Valley Historical Society, or Hospice of North Central Ohio.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.