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Barbara Diane McGowan


1941 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Barbara Diane McGowan Obituary
Barbara Diane McGowan December 13, 1941 - October 21, 2012 Barbara was born on December 13, 1941 to parents Maudi (Pope) Ham and Wilber Pope in Lemoore, CA. At the age on nine her family relocated to Bakersfield, CA where she grew up and went to school. Barbara attended North High School and worked as a carhop at a Drive-in during her teenage years. Barbara and Mel McGowan raised three boys together, the joys of her life: Richie, Bobby, and Stevie. Barbaras life revolved around raising her three sons, she loved spending time with her boys boating and skiing, camping, and family trips to Bass Lake. Barbara was a fashionable woman absolutely beautiful inside and out, she always looked like a million bucks everywhere she went, one of her favorite hobbies was shopping! The family joked about her favorate T.V. programs being HSN and QVC. Barbara enjoyed decorating and family gatherings during the holidays. On December 29th 1990 Barbara and Connie Ogdon were married, the two enjoyed spending time riding and caring for their horses. Barbara or "Nonny" as her grandchildren called her, proudly displayed pictures of all her grandkids and Peyton's artwork throughout her home. Barbara had a strong faith in the lord and was reunited with her son and loved ones in heaven on Sunday morning October 21st, 2012 when she passed peacefully at home. Barbara is preceded in death by: mother Maudi Ham, father Wilber Pope, son Richie McGowan, sister Adele Maalea, brother Jerry Pope, and great grandaughter Lexi McGowan. She is survived by: the love of her life, Connie Ogden. Son, daughter in law, and grandaughter: Steve, Brenn and Peyton McGowan. Son Bobby McGowan, grandchildren David and Channing McGowan, and great grandchildren: Jillian, Kaliegh, and Aubrey McGowan. Daughter in law Renee McGowan, grandchildren Sarah Perez, Crystie Arnold, and Tina McGowan, and great grandchildren: Kirrah and Paul Perez, and Cadence and Bethany Arnold. Sisters: Joanie Walston, Deborah Rogalla, And Donna Hardin. Step children: Nancy, Steven, Mike, Gerald and their children. The family invites you to join them in services for Barbara on Tuesday October 30th at 10 a.m. at Greenlawn Southwest on Panama Lane. The viewing will be held Monday October 29th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Greenlawn www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Oct. 26 to Oct. 29, 2012
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