Mary Bowden

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Mary T. Bowden, 84, of Independence, died Aug. 28, 2010, at the West Village Care Center in Independence, following a short illness. Mary was born Feb. 22, 1926 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of Charles and Frances (Murphy) Touhey. She was a 1944 graduate of St. John's Catholic High School, Independence, and a 1945 graduate of the Gates College of Business, Waterloo. She was united in marriage to Kenneth W. Bowden Nov. 25, 1952 in St. Paul, Minn. The family made their home in Independence where Mary was employed as a secretary with the Mental Health Institute then Fidelity Mutual Insurance in Waterloo, prior to her retirement in 1962. She is survived by two children; John Bowden, Rochester, Minn., and Mary Wells, Independence, and, four grandchildren; Mary, Therese, and Michael Wells, and Aaron Kite-Bowden, a great grandchild; Kayden Kite, and a sister; Roseanne Manguno, Oelwein, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Frances Touhey, her husband; Kenneth Bowden in 1991, a brother John Touhey, and a sister; Colleen Touhey. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Independence. Burial was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Independence. To leave on-line condolences please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2010