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Marvine Ann Bowers, 88 of Great Falls, died of natural causes Friday, Sept. 9, at Peace Hospice of Montana in Great Falls.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Croxford Funeral Home, followed by burial in Highland Cemetery.

Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements.

Marvine was surrounded by family at the end. Reverend Terry Turner will be officiating at the funeral services, and Howard Largent, Russell Largent, Jimmy Largent and John Williams will be honorary pallbearers.

She was born July 27, 1923 in Great Falls, the first of four children born to the late Cyrus J. and Anna C. (Broere) Largent. She was raised on the family ranch in Ulm.

Marvine attended elementary school in Ulm and started high school in Great Falls. She transferred to the high school in Cascade after a month. During the summer prior to her senior year, she accepted a job caring for an elderly invalid woman in Choteau. She graduated from Teton County High School in Choteau.

She met her future husband, Thomas Oral Bowers, in Choteau and they were married in Great Falls on December 3, 1941. They moved to Billings for Oral's job. Soon after the birth of their first daughter, the family moved to Ulm. A second daughter was born in Great Falls. The family moved to Manchester in 1947 then to Great Falls in 1959. While living in Manchester, Marvine was a member of the Manchester Home Demonstration Club and a member of the Cascade County Home Demonstration Choral Club.

Marvine's first paying job, at age ten, was summertime work cooking hamburgers. While living in Manchester she worked on sugar beet machines two years. She worked at Columbus Hospital in Great Falls as the night shift telephone operator and at the McGregor Clinic as a bookkeeper. She retired from her last job as a bookkeeper at Beckman's Furriers in 1991.

Marvine enjoyed flower gardening, working crossword puzzles, reading, playing pinochle, and talking with her friends. She was the family seamstress and enjoyed crocheting afghans for family and friends. She loved the time she spent with her granddaughters who brought her great joy.

Marvine and the family became members of the First United Methodist Church in 1956. She was a member of the Wesleyan Guild and the Wesleyan Circle. She was a member of the Administrative Council as Chairperson of the Membership Committee. Marvine was honored as Great Falls First United Methodist Church's 1997 "Grandmother of the Year."

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Douglas) Huggins of San Jose, Calif. and Cheryl (Harvey) Bremer of Fairfield; granddaughters Kristin (Tony) Burks of Olathe, Kan. and Kimberly Proctor of Great Falls; great-grandson Jadon Burks of Olathe, Kan.; brothers Howard (Jean) Largent of Simms and Russell (Sue) Largent of Great Falls; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas O. Bowers (November 23, 2006), parents Cyrus and Anna Largent, in-laws Fletcher and Anna Bowers, sister Arleen Stevens (December 12, 2006), sister-in laws Leora Vincent, Dorothy Carver, Irene VanAtter, and brother-in-laws Amos Bowers, Ellis Bowers and Harold Bowers.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Missouri River Care and Rehabilitation Center, where she resided for the last two years, and the staff at the Peace Hospice of Montana of Great Falls

for showing such love and compassion towards Marvine.

A zest for life and a warm, tender heart graced Marvine throughout her life and she would love the idea that family and friends remember her by donating to the McLaughlin Research Institute, 1520 23rd St. South, Great Falls, MT 59405 or the First United Methodist Church of Great Falls.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Sept. 12, 2011
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