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Nettie Beryl Bigler Bowers

  • Birth 24 Nov 1887 Nephi, Juab County, Utah, USA
  • Death 29 Dec 1972 Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho, USA
  • Burial Nephi, Juab County, Utah, USA
  • Plot Bowers family plot Vb_B_1_26_23
  • Memorial ID 5045240

She was the sweetest, most loving grandma in the world.

Nettie Beryl Bigler Bowers was the daughter of Don Mangum Bigler and Mary Henrietta Henriod Bigler. She was born in Nephi, Utah but grew up in American Fork, Utah.

On July 5, 1907, she married Abraham James Bowers, Jr. of Nephi. She met him while walking home one day with her cousin, Cecil Goldsbrough. He stopped and offered to help her with her high button shoe, which had come undone and Cecil formally introduced the two. The couple made their home in Nephi and raised five children: Arthur, Beryl Jr., Don, Ruby, and Frank. In addition they had one child, a baby boy, who died at birth.

For a while she worked as a telephone switchboard operator in the local Mountain States Telephone office that was managed by her husband. Years later, she worked as an Avon lady to help supplement the family's meager income (the company was known as the California Extract Company at that time).

She was legally blind, but was able to read large print with the aid of a large magnifying glass. She made cookies and gingerbread men for her grandchildren when they visited and made the most wonderful fruitcake in the world (three months before Christmas to give it time to age properly). When kneading homemade bread dough, she cheerfully allowed her grandsons to "knead" their own dough playing with the flab that sagged under her arms while she did. She allowed her granddaughters to dress up in her old clothes and play with her old lipstick and perfume samples left over from her days as an Avon lady.

They were humble people and led a simple life, kept their own cow for milk and raised their own chickens and sometimes a pig or sheep for food. They had their own apple, peach and walnut trees. She loved her flower garden and raised beautiful peonies, roses, pansies, and dahlias to name a few. Hollyhocks grew next to the gate that led to the old swings that hung from the trees just outside the fence for the grandchildren. Her rose garden included several rose bushes that she started from slips under canning jars in her garden from roses gathered at her friends' funerals, which she dedicated to their memory. She was a member of the garden club and a proud member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

She died of a heart attack when she was 85 at the home of her daughter, Ruby Whittington, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nettie Beryl Bigler Bowers (24 Nov 1887–29 Dec 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5045240, citing Vine Bluff Cemetery, Nephi, Juab County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Beeswax (contributor 9432652) .