Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Bowens in:
 • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
 • Glendale
 • Los Angeles County
 • California
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement
Mabel Frances Smiley Bowen
Learn about upgrading this memorial...
Birth: Feb. 12, 1884
Cherokee County
Iowa, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 1953
Long Beach
Los Angeles County
California, USA

(Taken from her obituary and family records and transcribed by Michael Bowen, MRB, #47351043)

Fort Dodge Messenger-Word has been received of the death of a former Fort Dodge resident, Mrs. Mabel Frances Bowen of Long Beach, CA, on August 23, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Isaac N. Page, in Long Beach, following a heart attack. Funeral rites for Mrs. Bowen were held on August 26 at Mottell's funeral chapel in Long Beach. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park at Glendale. Mrs. Bowen, born at Cherokee, made her home for many years in Fort Dodge. Thirteen years ago the family moved to California. While in Fort Dodge, Mrs. Bowen was affiliated with the First Congregational church, the U. S. W. V. auxiliary and Alden-woman's circle of the First Congregational church.

Philip Henry Bowen, age 27, son of Philip and Nora (O'Connell) Bowen married Mabel Smiley, age 18, daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth (Metcalf) Smiley at Sacred Heart Church on August 1, 1901. Pastor Edmund Heelan officiated.

Surviving her are four daughters, Gail, Mrs. Isaac Page of Long Beach, Bonita, Mrs. Chester Edwards of Humboldt, IA, Margaret Mrs. Edward Fisher and Betty, Mrs. Otto Boll, both of Long Beach. A sister, Mrs. Alice Craiglaw of Long Beach, three brothers, Clarence Smiley of Long Beach, Bert L. Smiley of Los Angeles, and Harold Smiley of Waterloo; 13 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren also survive. Her husband, Philip H. Bowen, a daughter, Helen Bowen, and one granddaughter preceded her in death.

The Independent, Long Beach, California, August 25, 1953
Mrs. Mabel Frances Bowen, of 3001 Daisy Ave., died Sunday at home. A native of Cherokee, Iowa, she came here 13 years ago. She was a member of First Congregational Church and Alden group of the church. She also belonged to Long Beach Auxiliary 71, United Spanish War Veterans.

The 1940 US census shows Philip (65) and Mabel (56) and daughter Betty Bowen (20) living with in-laws Sam Craigow (72) and Alice Craigow (Mabel's sister) (56) in Long Beach, California.

Surviving are her daughters, Mrs. Margaret Fisher, Gail Page and Mrs. Betty J. Boll, all of Long Beach, and Mrs. Bonita Edwards, a sister, Mrs. Alice M. Cariglow of Long Beach; brothers, Clarence M. Smiley of Long Beach, and Bert L. and Harold R. Smiley. Services will be Wednesday with interment in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.

Family links: 
  Elizabeth Metcalf Smiley Fleming (1860 - 1926)
  Philip Henry Bowen (1875 - 1942)*
  Bonita M. Bowen Edwards (1901 - 1992)*
  Helen Neoma Bowen (1904 - 1946)*
  Margaret Elizabeth Bowen Fisher (1905 - 1973)*
  Ardith Gail Bowen Page (1908 - 1988)*
  Betty Jean Bowen Boll (1919 - 2001)*
  Bert L Smiley (1879 - 1966)*
  Alice Mae Smiley Craiglow (1882 - 1965)*
  Mabel Frances Smiley Bowen (1884 - 1953)
  Clarence M Smiley (1889 - 1965)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Created by: MRB
Record added: Sep 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59053730
Mabel Frances <i>Smiley</i> Bowen
Added by: Romper90069
Mabel Frances <i>Smiley</i> Bowen
Added by: Carolyn (Schmidt) Alves
Mabel Frances <i>Smiley</i> Bowen
Cemetery Photo
Added by: David Eastburn
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


Privacy Statement and Terms of Service