Apr. 6, 1930 Los Angeles Los Angeles County California, USA
Sep. 5, 2009 Cherry Valley Riverside County California, USA
June M. Bowman
If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be June M. Bowman. She was a warm hearted and well-liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. June was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.
She was the daughter of David and Rita Carr. June was raised in California. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. June was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of June's personality throughout her life.
Though June was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. June was a peacemaker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, June worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. June had two younger siblings, David and Suzanne. June and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.
As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, June was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, June was always tactful. One thing June will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, June had a number of interests and was an active child. June took part in a bowling league.
For June, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. June was also adept at details. June was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was English Literature and Art. She won a poetry award and was active in student government.
There was one thing that all of June's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that June was such a popular person throughout her life. But June was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. June was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, June was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, June was often the person who would organize events. In fact, June was fairly comfortable playing the role of "host" for just about any occasion. When June made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, one of her best friends was Betty Hickman. Later in life, she remained friends with Betty Hickman.
June was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. June cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriage. June was married on July 2, 1953, in Reno, Nev. to Francis Joseph Bowman. Compassionate and devoted, June worked hard to make her new life partner happy.
Harmony was important to June and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. June was blessed with three children, J, Teri and Kitty. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Scott Leavitt, Sarah Leavitt and Trae Gooden. June was always conscious of the feelings others had. She was reasonable and understanding. As a result, June was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: June would listen before she would act.
Taking her work seriously came naturally to June, and she expected the same from those around her. June was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a "people person" and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. June was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that June handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad "big picture." Her primary occupation was Quality Controller in a Steel Mill. She was employed with Kaiser Steel for 15 years. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.
A methodical woman, June enjoyed spending time working on her various hobbies. She had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that she could have something to show for her efforts. Her favorite pursuits were scrabble, pinochle and board games. She also earned her junior master bridge points.
June was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth her best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. June was always enthusiastic and a great team player. Recreational sports included a bowling league.
Her keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led June to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because she was outgoing and worked well with others, June did her fair share of volunteer work. And she wouldn't shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. She was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. Throughout her later years, June was an active member of the Widowed Persons Club, New Chapter Coordinator, Red Hats and Bunko.
June was the kind of person who would readily move into action in order to help others. She was appreciated and respected. She could find value in the opinions of others and was passionate about her own values and beliefs. So it's little wonder that she was active and highly valued by those in her community, serving on committees for the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel as a lay minister.
Her high moral standards and traditional values served June well with her faith. Religion and faith were important to her. She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Fairfield for 50 years. She was well respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could.
Not only did June enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. Being the wife of active military, she lived in the Azores, England and Germany.
June was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Clancy a black and white papillon, who was a best friend for 12 years.
Since it was easy for June to meet and get to know new people, she quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since she was practical and cost effective, June was ready when that day to retire finally came in 1995. Her new life involved relocating to Cherry Valley. In retirement, she found new pleasure in the Red Hats and playing Bingo. Even in retirement, June stayed in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances.
June passed away on Sept. 5, 2009 at her home in Cherry Valley. June suffered from COPD and CHF and also her vision loss due to wet macular degeneration. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Teri Shearer and Harold Gooden; son and daughter-in-law, J and Jaynie Leavitt; grandchildren, Scott, Sarah and Trae; brother, David Carrand and sister, Suzanne Hayes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Joseph Bowman and youngest daughter, Katherine (Kitty) Bowman. A Celebration of Life was to be held on Sept. 17, 2009, at the Royal Coach Mobile Home Park Clubhouse in Cherry Valley. June was laid to rest in St. Alphonsus Catholic Cemetery in Fairfield.
June was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. June was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss June M. Bowman.
June Bowman passed away at home peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 5, 2009. June was active in the community as a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for more than 30 years when she moved to Fairfield in 1973. June was also very involved in the Widowed Persons Association after the death of her husband and served as new chapter coordinator for two years. Fairfield was her home until 2000 when she moved to Las Vegas to live with her son, J. Leavitt, not long after the death of her youngest daughter, Kitty. In 2007 she moved to Cherry Valley with her oldest daughter, Teri, where she enjoyed playing bingo, cards, and various activities with the Beaumont Beauty Red Hats. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, 2009. Burial will follow at St. Alphonsus Cemetery. To see her online memorial please visit mem.com and enter June Bowman where you can read her complete biography, watch the movie and sign the guest book and message her family.