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Marie Bowman

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Aspen, CO Colorado

Marie Bowman, 100, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2009, at her beloved home up the Fryingpan River near Basalt.

She was born Oct. 12, 1908, to Mae and Samuel Gunn in Acme, Texas. Upon graduation from high school, she married a handsome young cowboy, Carroll Humphrey Bowman, in Vernon, Texas, on Dec. 24, 1926. On Oct. 18, 1927, they had a son, Bobby Carroll Bowman.

Together, they lived and worked on small ranches around Vernon until Carroll became foreman of the eastern division of the Waggoner Ranch. In 1945, they moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, and the Underwood Ranch where Carroll was ranch manager. In 1956, they moved to Carbondale and the Big 4 Ranch to train and show quarter horses. In 1962, the Bowmans moved to the Cap K Ranch near Basalt, where they worked until retirement in 1979. Many ranch hands from the Cap K still speak of Marie’s amazing cooking. The Bowmans built their own retirement log house in the Fryingpan Valley’s Seven Castles area, where they lived, loved and died.

Marie was a longtime active member of the United Methodist Church of Basalt and the Eagle County Seniors. She spent her last years at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale until she recently moved back to her home.

She will forever be remembered as the beautiful, sweet lady at Heritage Park who still, late in life, always gave kisses and hugs to anyone she met, up till the moment she passed away.

She is survived by granddaughters Aleece B. McClendon (Mark Smith) of Glenwood Springs, and Lauren B. (Tim) Cordrey of Chesterfield, Va.; and great-grandchildren Melissa McClendon of Santa Fe, N.M., Shawn McClendon of San Diego, and Casey and Kelsey Cordrey of Chesterfield, Va. Marie was preceded in death by husband Carroll Bowman, son Bob Bowman, and grandson Paul Bow­man.

Services and internment will be 10 a. m. June 15 at the Sullivan Funeral Home in Vernon, Texas. A memorial service in Basalt will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, the United Methodist Church of Basalt or Heritage Park Care Center.


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