FLETCHER - Wanda J. Bowers, the former Wanda Hawes, 88 ,passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. She was born June 21, 1924, to the late Alfred and Lockey McAlexander Hawes of the Lena-Conover community.
She married David W. Bowers of Piqua in 1943, and he died in 1995. The two of them lived all their married life in their home on Snodgrass Road, which spanned 52 years. Wanda graduated from Lena Conover High School in 1942.
She is survived by a dear friend, Steve Grillot. She was the mother of four children, and three survive, Brenda and (Mitch) Laps of Myrtle Beach, N.C. and Marilyn and (Bob) McAfee of New Port Richey, Fla. Her only son David Michael, and (Janet) Bowers live in Easley, S.C. She also leaves 10 grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
She joined Lena Baptist Church in her early years. She had played the piano there, and helped with the kindergarten Sunday school class. After her marriage, she moved her membership to Fletcher United Methodist Church. There, she had sung in the choir, taught a Sunday school class, served on the nomination committee and the pastor-parish. She had produced and presented many mother-daughter banquet programs. She still attends church regularly. She was a member of Fletcher grange, where she served as Chaplain Lectures, and pianist. She also had been juvenile matron and she and her husband were youth directors. She had been P.T.A officer at Springcreek School. She was a member of the upper Springcreek Community Church. She was a happy lady and a busy one. She had been a 4-H adviser and had served on the County Committee. She had volunteered at the Scope and the Senior Connection meals, held at the old Piqua High School, for about 10 years. She was an amateur writer and had written poems for her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She always said, she had had a good life, and a happy one.
In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Linda J Galbreath and her husband, Fred Galbreath.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Suber-Shively Funeral Home, 201 W. Main St., Fletcher, with the Rev. Jack Chalk presiding. Burial will follow in Fletcher Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the Fletcher United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 278, Fletcher, OH 45326. Condolences to the family may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com