Barbara A. Bowden, 68, of Bolivar, and a former resident of Newbury, died 6:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Aultman Hospital at Canton after a courageous 5 ½-year battle with breast cancer.
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Born Feb. 21, 1944, in East Liverpool, she was the daughter of Sara L. Hague of East Liverpool and the late Herbert H. Yager.
She was a 1962 graduate of East Liverpool High School, received her B.S. in education at the College of Steubenville (Franciscan University of Steubenville) in 1966, and additional graduate work at Kent State University.
Barbara taught in the East Liverpool City Schools from 1966 to 1969 and the South Side Area Schools in Beaver County, Pa., from 1969 to 1972.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Robert J. Bowden, whom she married Dec. 27, 1970; two daughters, Rae Ann Bowden of Dover and Robin Lynn Bowden of Oakdale, Minn.; brother, J. Herbert Yager of East Liverpool; nephew, Brian (Nichole) Yager of Coshocton; two nieces, Karissa Whittington of Lisbon and Beth Ann Yager of Rushville; six great-nieces and great-nephews; and three special young people, Daniel, Christina and Sammy Sickinger, who meant a great deal to her.
In addition to her father, who was killed in July 1944 in St. Lo, France during World War II when Barbara was five months old, she was preceded in death by her stepfather of 48 years, Jack Hague who died in 1994; sister-in-law, Cindy Yager; and ex-sister-in-law, Millie Yager.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Shruti Trehan and other staff members of the North Canton Medical Foundation Cancer Center at Aultman Hospital and her doctors at the Cleveland Clinic for their outstanding care.
In her memory the family suggests memorial contribution be made to The
, 11432 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44106.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in the Lebold-Smith Funeral Home, 248 Park Ave., Bolivar. The Rev. Ken Hutchinson will officiate and burial will follow in Fort Laurens Cemetery at Bolivar.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
For those unable to attend please visit the funeral home's web site to share a memory and sign the guest register.
Arrangements are being handled by Lebold-Smith Funeral, 330-874-3113.
Published in www.News-Herald.com on Jan. 29, 2013