Vivian Irene (Rich) Bowman

Vivian Irene (Rich) Bowman, 88, of Lexington, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at her home.

Vivian grew up on Turkey Creek, near Moss, Tenn. During World War II, she left Turkey Creek to join the war effort, working in munitions and aircraft parts manufacturing in Indianapolis. She married her husband, Master Sgt. Hughie E. Bowman, and spent 21 years as a military wife, raising her children and residing at several bases including Germany in the mid 1950s. She and her husband retired near Fort Knox in Hardin County. After her husband's death she moved to Lexington in 1996, to be near family.

Her accomplishments were fundamental to a life well spent. She was a loving mother and wife. Every summer she raised a large garden and always made it her goal to can 100 quarts of vegetables from her garden. She knew her neighbors, she never met a stranger, she loved her children and grandchildren dearly, and delighted in traveling the back roads of Kentucky with Stewart and her grandson, Tim, looking for that interesting antique.

She loved to laugh, was always cheerful and loved to tell stories about her childhood in the little community in the hills of Tennessee known as Turkey Creek, and everyone who knew her remembers her for her wide, heart-felt smile that she always shared with everyone around her.

Even in the short hours before her passing, when asked, "Mom, are you OK?" she beamed that big smile and whispered, "I'm fine."

Vivian will be remembered for her outgoing charm and kindness to everyone she met, her beautiful smile, her sweet disposition and her positive and sunny outlook on life. Her words were always kind and her spirit was always forgiving, but that smile, even at 88, could light up a room and bring a smile to the faces of everyone around her.

She will be so deeply missed by all who loved her. The world lost a treasure with her passing, but she's surely bringing smiles to the faces of everyone in Heaven today.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Hughie E. Bowman; an infant daughter, Brenda Kay Bowman; and a brother, Edwin Rich.

She is survived by four children, Stewart Neal Bowman of Lexington, Stanley Lee Bowman of Versailles, Hughie Stephen Bowman of Elizabethtown and Janet Bowman; a brother, Lenneth Rich (Bonnie) of Glasgow; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three nieces.

A graveside service is at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Lexington Cemetery.

No visitation is planned.

Milward–Broadway Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to one's local Humane Society or to Hospice of The Bluegrass.
Published in The News-Enterprise on Mar. 28, 2013