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Daphne Firestone Bowden
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Birth: Aug. 15, 1938
Milo
Carter County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Nov. 29, 2012
Duncan
Stephens County
Oklahoma, USA

Daphne Bowden was born Aug. 15, 1938, in Milo, to Ablin L. and Oma M. Firestone and passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at the age 74, in Duncan.

Daphne graduated from Fox High School in 1956. Following high school, she joined the Marine Corps, where she met and married her husband, Harry W. Bowden, March 21, 1958. After starting her family, she left the military. Harry and Daphne settled in Corpus Christi, Texas, where they raised three children.

In 1972, she started a career in civil service at Corpus Christi Army Depot, retiring after serving 25 years as a statistician. Following her husband's death in 1998, she returned to Oklahoma, where she lived for 10 years in Velma.

During her life, Daphne established many firsts. When joining the Marine Corps, her battalion became notable as they became part of the first women in the Marine Corps to be part of the Marine Corps and not the Women's Auxiliary. A picture of her with her battalion is hanging in the Marine Corps Hall of Fame at the Marine Corps Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Throughout her career, she championed the advancement of equal pay and opportunity for women in civil service, ending her career in a position that women rarely held. Daphne became the first woman to join the International Lions Club in Texas, in 1982, where she and Harry faithfully served until his death in 1998. She continued her Lions association upon arrival in Velma.

Survivors include her son, Harry W. Bowden III of Lemon Grove, Calif.; her daughter, Teresa L. Ferrill of Plattsmouth, Neb.; and her daughter, Kimberly G. Houston of Burlington, N.C. She is also survived by three brothers and one sister: Sonny Firestone of Velma, Keith Firestone of Ratliff City, Monk Firestone of Velma, Betty Humphrey of Aledo, Texas; as well as five grandchildren, eight nieces and eight nephews.

Daphne was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Pallbearers will be her nephews: Allen Firestone, Tom Firestone, Tom Gilmore and Gil Messersmith; and her grand-nephews: Wil Messersmith and Josh McLain. Honorary pallbearers include Martie Firestone, Clark Humphrey, Tommy James, Kenny James, Scott Moberley and Eric Moberley.

Request donations to International Lions Club or Juvenile Diabetes Association in lieu of flowers.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Oma Mae Albertson Firestone (1909 - 1994)
 
 Spouse:
  Harry William Bowden (1932 - 1998)
 
 Siblings:
  Opa Fay Firestone (1932 - 1933)*
  Jackie Lee Firestone (1937 - 1937)*
  Billie Lee Firestone (1937 - 1937)*
  Daphne Firestone Bowden (1938 - 2012)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pooleville Cemetery
Pooleville
Carter County
Oklahoma, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Mark
Record added: Nov 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101505523
Daphne <i>Firestone</i> Bowden
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