Karina Mae "Kari" Bowens (1971 - 2013)

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Karina 'Kari' Mae Bowens

September 29, 1971 — December 17, 2013

Karina "Kari" Mae Bowens, 42, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

Karina was born in Hermiston and moved to Albany at 6 months old, growing up at Oakville near Corvallis on the family farm. She graduated from West Albany High School and served in the US Army. She worked thereafter at Duraflake in Albany, janitorial in the Albany area and became very talented in jewelry making.

She loved the outdoors, music and movies. Climbing Three Fingered Jack was a special favorite for her. Karina never married. She became a devote Jehovah Witness following the passing of her 16-year-old brother, Billy.

Karina suffered a car accident in 2005 that left her paralyzed from the chest down with the use of only one arm. She never complained about her struggles. Her bravery and strength were an inspiration to all of us. She again learned to make jewelry and attended college classes. She supervised games for the seniors at the Four Seasons Care Center in Salem where she resided. She loved games. Karina traveled about Salem in her power chair and got the curbs improved for the disabled.

She moved to Bend in August 2013 to be near her parents and became ill. She never recovered.

Karina is survived by her parents John W and Bonny Bowens; brother John L. Bowens; sister Jodie K. Bowens Shilling and family; aunt Colleen and uncle Dennis Williams; and cousins Anita and Alex Evans and their families.

She is predeceased by her grandparents, John W. Bowens Sr. and Pearl W. Bowens, and Clyde L. and Nadine N. Vieth; and brother William Billy K. Bowens.

Karina is to be cremated as she requested. She will be buried at Oakville Cemetery near Corvallis when her stone is ready and a private graveside service will be held. Public services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec 28, at the Jan Ree Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1555 N.E. Hoffman Road, Salem, OR 97301.

In lieu of flowers Karina would have appreciated contributions to the International Bipolar Foundation, www.internationalbipolarfoundation.org, 8895 Towne Center Drive Suite 105-360, San Diego, CA 92122.

To leave an online condolence for Karina's family, please visit www.deschutesmemorialchapel.com.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Dec. 27, 2013
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