|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1926|
|Death: ||May 9, 2009|
Funeral services for longtime Chivington, Colorado resident Frances Bowen were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2009 at the Eads United Methodist Church in Eads, Colorado. Co-officiating the service was Pastor Jim Flick of Oakley, Kansas, Pastor Galan Burnett of Lamar, Colorado, and Reverend Nancy Peacock of Eads, Colorado. Burial followed in the Eads Cemetery in Eads.
Mrs. Bowen, age 83, departed this life on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at her home in Pampa, Texas. Frances was born on January 5, 1926 near Norwich, Kansas on the Davis ranch. She was the daughter of Joseph Marion and Ethel Olive Chesterman Taylor.
Frances devoted her life to her faith, her family, and her friends. Frances left school after eighth grade to help support her family through the Great Depression, though she proudly completed her GED over fifty years later. Frances spent her years as a young adult traveling across the Great Plains as a singer in what she affectionately called the "gospel work." It was during this work that she met her future husband, Charles Bentson "Buster" Bowen. The two were married at her parent's home in Norwich, Kansas on May 22, 1949. Together they came to Chivington, Colorado to his father's Golden Rule Ranch. Frances and Buster continued to ranch in partnership with his father and soon purchased an adjoining ranch in 1950. Frances and Buster made their home and raised their family on this same Chivington ranch for the next fifty-six years until his death on July 5, 2006. Following his death, she continued to manage the ranch until July of 2008, when, for health reasons she relocated to Pampa, Texas to be near her daughter.
Frances's life was characterized by a deep faith in Christ. She was often to be found either reading the tattered pages of her Bible at the family's kitchen table or in prayer for those who touched her heart. Frances lived a selfless and compassionate life and always sought to be an encouragement to others. Following Buster's stroke in 1980, she faithfully cared for him until his death twenty-six years later. Frances took an active interest in the lives of others, particularly her grandchildren, and sought to be an encouragement to them in their faith, families and education. For fifty years she famously fed teams of ranch hands, branding crews, and her friends and family around her kitchen table.
Frances enjoyed singing and playing the piano, especially the hymns she cherished so deeply. Her life of service extended to her community where Frances served as a Sunday school teacher and 4-H leader who passed her accomplished skills as a seamstress on to countless young girls. Her contagious laughter—and her propensity to unwittingly fall for the occasional practical joke—brought joy to her life and to the lives of those around her. The wonders of her Savior's creation, from the singing birds outside her windows to the blooming flowers in her front yard, amazed and inspired her. Her life was brightened over the past year as she decorated and landscaped her new home in Pampa.
Through all the hardships, struggles, and heart-rending loss, Frances always persevered and always kept her eyes on the cross of Christ. Above all, it is her life of faith that those closest to her will remember the most.
Frances Bowen is survived by her three children Marki and husband Roy Laughlin of Wheeler, Texas; Chuck and wife Sheri Bowen of Lamar, Colorado; and Scott and wife Melody Bowen of Warner Robins, Georgia. Also surviving are eight grandchildren–Tiffany Laughlin, Aaron and wife Rachel Laughlin, Eric Laughlin, Angela and husband Bryan Havenstein, Michael Bowen, Nathan Bowen, Rachel Bowen, and Stephanie Bowen; by two great grand-daughters Meagan and Emily Havenstein; by three great grandsons–Payton, Evan and Jaxon Laughlin; by two sisters-Jo Gearhart of Wichita, Kan. and Eula Mae (Roy) Baumgartner of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and by one brother–Bud (Karen) Taylor of Cheney, Kan. Additional survivors include many nephews, nieces and other relatives, and many friends.
Mrs. Bowen was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; by one son–Paul Gregory Bowen on July 5, 1970; by two sisters, Margaret Ireland and Martha Davidson; and two brothers, Joseph Taylor and Chester Taylor.
Prior to the funeral, the family gathered in the Eads United Methodist Church for a memorial meal provided by the Chivington Friends Church, the Community Church of Wiley, and the ladies of the Eads Community.
As the family were ushered into the sanctuary just prior to the service, Organist Betty Crow and Pianist Charlotte Woelk played "There's Something about that Name". Rev. Nancy Peacock then welcomed everyone, read opening scriptures, and proclaimed "We have gathered to praise God, and celebrate the life and mourn the passing of Frances Bowen." Following her statement that we are not alone for God is with us", she also shared an opening prayer of comfort and thanksgiving.
Areta Laird and Mary Eikner sang "It is well with my Soul" accompanied by Betty and Charlotte.
Rev. Galan Burnett, Frances' pastor until her recent move to Texas, then came forth and read scripture from Psalm 23 and the obituary. He also shared how Frances always kept her eye on the Cross. After a second song "Mansion on the Hilltop," grandsons Nathan and Michael shared beautiful memories of their grandmother and some of their prank calls made to her. Michael also read a letter from granddaughter Angela who was in Sweden and couldn't come.
Rev. Flick, Frances pastor from years ago, then read a poem entitled "Out of this Life" and spoke of Frances as a woman of character rare. The text for his funeral sermon was read from II Timothy 4;7 ...I have fought a good fight. He spoke of how all our time on earth is a battle and a fight to be a Christian and claim our reward. He defined a fight as a life of spiritual warfare; the finish as being conclusive and how Frances finished her task; and faith as a thread holding acceptance of our mind and will. He concluded his message with thoughts that Gods will be done, God is the Comforter and restorer of Frances' soul, and God is her source of Salvation.
Areta and Mary then sang the closing song "When we all get to Heaven".
The large gathering of friends and family then proceeded to the Eads Cemetery for the graveside committal service. Those serving as casket bearers were Aaron Laughlin, Michael Bowen, Nathan Bowen, Eric Laughlin, Carl Blodgett, and Tim Pletcher.
Following the committal service the family returned to the Eads United Methodist Church for additional refreshments and received friends and family in a time of fellowship.
Visitation and funeral services for Frances Bowen were under the direction of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Lamar.
J. Marion Taylor (1893 - 1973)
Ethel O. Taylor (1897 - 1973)
Charles B. "Buster" Bowen (1920 - 2006)
Scott N Bowen (1960 - 2012)*
Created by: Tim Hawkins
Record added: May 15, 2009
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