Mary Bowman

Mary Eleanora Bowman (Riley)

Thursday, October 9th, 1924 - Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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Bowman, Mary Eleanora

Mary was born October 9, 1924 in the small Saskatchewan community of Canuck and fell asleep in death on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at her home in Calgary, Alberta. She was the middle of three daughters and one son born to Alexander and Ella Stalker.

She will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Harold (Judy) and Dale (Maureen) Riley of Calgary, AB. She will also be greatly missed by ten grandchildren, Shawn, Colleen (Dan), Tim, Kevin, Michael (Kristin) Riley; Crystal (David) Inthasane, Ryan (Michelle) Riley; Tabatha (Christoph) Dorn, Shannon (Christian) Oswald, Danielle (Andrew) Riley-Spencer and fourteen great grandchildren, Megan; Mikaela, Averi, Ariya, McKenzie; Holly, Amy, Everly, Declan, Oisin; Tamara; Christian Jr.; Kayleigh and Conrad. Mary will also be fondly remembered by her sister, Lillian Usher and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was predeceased by her first husband, Frank Riley in November 1977; her son, Lennox Riley on December 2012; daughter-in-law, Connie Riley in April 2014; brother, Harold Stalker in April 2003; sister, Madeline Miller in October 2018 and her second husband, Howard Bowman in September 2013.

Mary often reminisced about fond memories growing up in Saskatchewan and how her father loved to play the fiddle and call square dances for neighborhood get togethers. After moving to Calgary in her late teens she met her future husband Frank, where they both worked at Burns Meats and they were married on October 4, 1946, once he returned home from the war. After raising 3 sons, Mary decided to return to the workforce at Sears and then the Hudson Bay as a retail salesclerk. When Mary retired, she filled her days with her passion for family, friends, gardening, and photography. Many will affectionately remember Mary for the fun times they had during her photoshoots. "Just one more shot" ..."oh wait, just one more".

Mary was baptised in 1979 as a Jehovah's Witness and served in several congregations, making many friends along the way. Mary's warm heart and open hospitality was always available and through the years she opened her home to many sisters and families in need.

Mary found her second love with Howard Bowman, whom she was happily married to from November 17, 2004 until his passing on September 5, 2013. Mary was very fond of her extended family and was very moved by their loving, warm acceptance of her into the family. Inside and out Mary was a beautiful person loved by all. She zealously shared her hope with those she met while in the ministry and with all she knew, serving Jehovah faithfully until her passing.

Our family wishes to express sincere gratitude for the many displays of kindness, prayers and sympathies extended during this time.

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Sandra Stalker

Posted at 06:30pm
My heartfelt condolences to all Mary's family and friends. She was one of my favorite Aunts - always so kind, caring and generous-- just a genuinely warm and lovely person. I have great memories of camping/fishing trips together with her and Uncle Frank, my parents and Norma & Lyle Hall. She was an excellent photographer and also a very good seamstress. I can recall clothes that she made especially for particular an orange shirtdress that I was very fond of. She was also an early "videographer"--- if anyone has the video she took of a bunch of us kids dancing the Twist at a birthday party (1960's???) she captured a breakout performance of my brother, Dave, that always made us laugh until we cried!

Mike Demmons

Posted at 05:54pm
Our deepest condolences to Mary's family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Much love from Mike & Leslie Demmons

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