Jean R. (Purves) Bowman

Born: Thu., Mar. 5, 1925
Died: Wed., Sep. 28, 2011

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Jean R. Purves Bowman, 86, of Fayetteville, passed away September 28, 2011 at home with her loving daughters at her side. She was born in Massachusetts and was employed as a reservationist for US Air.  Jean was a volunteer at OASIS where she also took classes. She helped create the local chapter of Folksmarch which recently celebrated 30 years. She was a volunteer for AARP helping others with income tax returns. She worked as an usher for over 20 years at both Syracuse Stage and The Mulroy Civic Center and seldom missed a show. She was a volunteer for the Mountain Goat Run that was started by her husband Roger Bowman who passed away in 1990.  She was also an official village pruner in Fayetteville.  She is survived by 3 daughters Margie (Gary) Sanders of Roanoke, VA, Nancy Bowman and Katherine Bowman both of Santa Fe, NM; 3 Grandchildren Kate, Alie and Jesse; 1 sister Kathy Steward of Minneapolis, MN; 1 niece Alison Steward. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may visit the family home 105 Beach St, Fayetteville, to share stories about Jean's life on Friday from 3 to 6 PM.  Donations may be made in Jean' s memory to the local chapter of the  Nature Conservancy, Rescue Mission or the Humane Society. 


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   Posted Thu September 29, 2011

Jo Pensabene
   Posted Thu September 29, 2011
Jean''''s strong, loving spirit and beautiful smile wil be remembered by all who knew her. Family know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless.....Jo

Bonnie Bell Coulson
   Posted Thu September 29, 2011
To Kathy, Nancy and Margie...I have so often thought of your Mom with warm memories of a long ago past. She was a generous, positive spirit and one of those 'good souls' that you hope to run across in life and call a friend.
I am so sorry for your loss but know that a life well lived is a beautiful thing. I hope that your loving memories of her bring your peace and comfort...and a smile to your faces for many years to come. Bonnie

Sally Campagnone
   Posted Thu September 29, 2011
I worked with Jean at USAirways and she was such a lovely and kind person. Not matter how hard a passenger was to deal with Jean always remained calm. She and I also trained together as AARP tax aides and she was so dedicated. She will be missed.

Kay & Janis
   Posted Thu September 29, 2011
What a lovely picture of your Mom - we will always remember her wonderful/sweet smile. Jean's volunteering/service to others was remarkable, and Margie you follow in her footsteps. We will miss the special times we spent with her. And as we say good bye, we can hear that laugh that was so her.

Coey & Patti
   Posted Fri September 30, 2011
We will remember Jean's delight & appreciation of nature and her girls!

Love from Coey & Patti

Pat Strait
   Posted Fri September 30, 2011
I was in your mom's training class at USAirways and always loved her humor, dedication to any project she was involved in, but most of all her kindness. You are so lucky to have the memories of such a wonderful mom, friend, teacher and role model. May she rest in peace.

Laura Bigness and Helen Dayal
   Posted Fri September 30, 2011
We knew Jean through Folksmarch and always enjoyed her company. She was one of the sweetest ladies we knew and will be very missed. Her many contributions will be a long term legacy of a life well lived. Our sincere best wishes and sympathy to her family.

The Helmes Family
   Posted Sun October 02, 2011
The Helmes family has many wonderful memories of visits with Jean at her home in Fayetteville and good times at Green Lakes. She was a wonderful lady with a good heart and great smile. Patrick, Nora and Mairead will always remember her fondly as a grandmotherly influence in their lives during our years in Syracuse. Nancy, Kathy and Margie - You are in our thoughts during this sad time.
Katie, Dan, Patrick, Nora and Mairead

Peg Buzzard
   Posted Mon October 03, 2011
I knew Jean from working with her at USAirways, She was a pistol, so quiet and reserved but she had quite a sense of humor. She will be missed, such a wonderful person who gave so much of herself to everyone. I am so happy to have known her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Maureen & Paul
   Posted Mon October 03, 2011
The sixteen and a half years we lived next door to Jean were really special. She made our time at Beech St very happy and taught us so much, most importantly how to be a good neighbor and friend. She was like a second mother to me. I fondly remember the chats and food we shared as well as the cats, politics, frugality, and gardening we had in common! We will miss her greatly and treasure the time we had her in our lives. xoxo

Katherine Jean Bowman
   Posted Thu October 27, 2011
MOM, Today is 1 month that you left this physical plane. How is that possible?????? I miss you More than you could imagine..except, I am unable to grasp Your physical Being gone...AND YOU DO KNOW HOW MUCH I MISS YOU, MOM. Because You are where You Are..your SOUL..SPIRIT...I LOVE YOU.....I pray you are peaceful, joy ?, wherever you are, My DEAREST MOTHER. AMEN. Katherine Jean Bowman off to get Mittens a RED collar with a bell....... WE both LOVE YOU !!!!!

MK Mendoza
   Posted Sat September 29, 2012
I did not have the honor of knowing you Jean, however, being that you are the mother of one of my very dearest friends of all that I have ever had, Katherine - I pray that you are well and that you are in a peaceful place. I pray that you are with us in spirit still and always - I pray that your family feels your spirit in their hearts and souls forever and in this moment and every moment they miss and need you still. I pray that we all work together toward our highest good. I say this in the spirit of being with you in spirit though I didn''''''''''''''''t know you. I am praying for you and your family. I want you to know how much I love and care so very much for your daughter Katherine. She is one of the most beautiful human beings I have ever met and had the honor of having in my life. Without a doubt, the world is a much better place with her in it, most certainly mine is. And I just wanted to thank you for all you gave in contributing to making her the person she is today. I offer my condolensces to your entire family.

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