Nancy Bowker
1925 - 2020
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Nancy Bowker

Salinas - Nancy Bowker died in Salinas on December 20th at the age of 95. She was born on April 21, 1925 in Watsonville, CA and lived there until she was 12. Her parents were Robert Cozzens and "Babe" Tholcke Cozzens. She lived the remainder of her childhood in Berkeley and attended U C Berkeley until 1948 when she married Irving Bowker. They lived in the bay area until Irv went back into the Army at the beginning of the Korean War then they lived in Paso Robles and several places in Japan. They were stationed at Ft Ord from 1954 - 56 and then left the military and moved to San Leandro. Nancy soon began working for Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore from 1957 until the end of 1959 when the family moved to Salinas.

Nancy volunteered while raising her children. She volunteered for the Girl Scouts as a leader, trainer, camp director, and board member. She was active in her church, St Paul's Episcopal, a Sunday school teacher, ECW member, altar guild, finance committee, vestry member, and treasurer. She was a member of the service league of Memorial Hospital for many years serving on the surgery service, reception desk, board member, and president. She volunteered in the Best Cellar of the Steinbeck House and served on their board as president and in other capacities. Nancy was generous with her time and believed in giving to her community. When her children were beginning college her also went back to college and earned a BS in accounting and an MBA in finance from Golden Gate University. She used those skills working at the Volunteer Center of Salinas and the Monterey Bay Girl Scout Council.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Irving, of 46 years, her sons Keith and Robert, and her parents. Her daughters Carolyn Bowker, Marilyn Dorman (Mark), and June Cornell (Darryl) ensured she was well taken care of in her final years, her last year were at Sunrise Villa Salinas where we was cared for by the loving staff in the Memory Care Unit. She is survived by her grandchildren Elizabeth Dorman, Catherine Govindankutty, Miriam Cornell, Dallas Cornell, Samantha Harmon, Marek Dorman, Keith Bowker, Jaime Bowker, and Nicole Bowker. Her great grandchildren are Aanya Govindankutty, Miles Whitney, Aaran Govindankutty, River Cornell-Vetsch, Griffin Whitney, Josephine Fenton, Wells Harmon, and Caroline Harmon.

A memorial service will be held at St Paul's Episcopal Church once COVID restrictions are lifted. Donations can be made in her honor to St. Paul's Church, 1071 Pajaro St, Salinas, CA, 93901; Valley Guild, 132 Central Av, Salinas, CA 93901; Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation, P O Box 4760, Salinas, CA 93912. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her husband.

Funeral Arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.

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Published in The Salinas Californian from Dec. 24 to Dec. 26, 2020.
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December 28, 2020
Nancy and my mother were our Girl Scout Leaders for a lot of girls and they kept us busy like camping at Cachagua! We had lots of fun! Condolences to the family.
Janet Struve Pampuro
December 28, 2020
My sincere condolences. She and my Mother were our Girl Scout Leaders and we had a large group of girls and they organized a lot of activities for us like going to Cachagua! Job well done!
Janet Struve Pampuro
December 28, 2020
I became acquainted with Nancy thru the Girl Scouts when I was the Treasurer for the Fort Ord Girl Scout Troops and I had dealings with the Office in Castroville. Nancy was dedicated and caring and was an awesome Girl Scout herself. A great example to our Girls. I've been away from the Peninsula for many years and lost track of everyone I knew at the Girl Scout Council Office in Castroville and am very saddened to hear of Nancy's passing. RIP sweet lady. Deepest sympathy and my condolences to the family.
Connie Redman
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