Mary Lou Bowden


Mary Lou Bowden, of Sharon, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, May 21, 2019, in Quality of Life Services, Mercer. She was 85.
Mrs. Bowden was born Feb. 16, 1934, in Brookfield, a daughter of Harry and Mary (Irvis) Whalen. She attended Brookfield High School.
Mary Lou married her late husband, William R. Bowden, on Oct. 14, 1952, and he passed away Oct. 21, 2015.
An exceptional cook, she worked at the former Howard Johnson's Restaurant in Hermitage for more than 15 years. Mary Lou was then employed by Valley View Department Store in Brookfield, and later by Kmart in Hermitage.
Mary Lou was a member of First United Methodist Church of Sharon.
A talented baker, she enjoyed making various treats for all occasions. Mary Lou also loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by two daughters, Peggy (Jerry) Lemley, Greenwood, La.; and Debbie Bowden, Sharon; three sons, William (Natalie) Bowden, Palm Bay, Fla.; Timothy (Lynn) Bowden, Shepherdsville, Ky., and James (Linda) Bowden, Okolona, Ky.; a sister, Dee (Babe) Gaborko, Brookfield; four grandchildren, Tina, Shawn and Chris Bowden, and Maria (Jamie) Waddle; and two great-grandchildren, Carter Bowden and Melanie Waddle.
In addition to her husband, Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Kathy Hedrick; and a brother, Patrick Whalen.

Mary Lou, 85, of Sharon.
Calling hours: 11 a.m. to time of service Saturday (5-25-19) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Service: Noon Saturday in the funeral home with Rev. Michael Byus, of Hubbard Church of the Nazarene, officiating.
Interment: Brookfield Township Cemetery.
Published on May 22, 2019
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2 posts

Terri Hall Wright
May 24, 2019
My sincere condolences for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs to the family❣️
Denise Degroat
May 24, 2019
I remember coming to visit sometimes in the summer as we lived in another state. I always remember my Aunt as being a lot of fun and we could always count on wonderful food. Although we didn't see each other often her not being in this world saddens me. She's up in heaven now with her husband, brother and my mother who was her sister❤️