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Donna Jean Bowen


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Donna Jean Bowen Obituary
QUINCY -- Donna Jean Bowen, 86, of Quincy, died peacefully at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at her home.

Born Nov. 16, 1931, in Quincy, Donna was a daughter of Oscar Frederick and Lisette Magdelene Louise Bachmann Eggeson.

Donna was a 1949 graduate of Quincy High School. She received her bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University in 1953 and her master's in 1973 from Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal. Donna retired in 1981 from teaching special education in the Quincy Public Schools and then taught homebound students for several years. She was active in Delta Kappa Gamma and Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

In addition, she volunteered her time and skills to support children and their families in CASA. She was a charter member of St. John's Anglican Cathedral and was a Sunday school superintendent and teacher. Donna also was a member of the church's Altar Guild.

Donna was an adventurous woman and enjoyed traveling the world. Her travels took her to five continents and, at last count, 42 countries.

Donna was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend to many. Survivors include two sons, Michael R. Bowen and wife, Tina, of Michigan City, Ind., and Wesley J. Bowen and wife, Kathryn, of Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters, Denise E. Bowen of St. Louis and Kathleen S. Haughey of Quincy; grandchildren, Christopher Bowen and Katie Bowen, both of Crown Point, Ind., Kelley Knickmeyer and husband, Tony, of St. Louis and Justin Haughey of Quincy; great-grandchildren, Christopher Knickmeyer and Megan Knickmeyer, both of St. Louis; stepgrandson, Daniel Fowler and wife, Alisha; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Brianna, Benea, Bayley, Ruby and Daniel; two nieces, Marcia Nordgren and Susan Cockerham; two nephews, Jimmy Nordgren and Jeffrey Nordgren; and several cousins.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a sister, Betty Nordgren; two brothers, Neal Eggeson and Oscar Eggeson Jr.; and two children, Matthew D. Bowen and Carolyn G. Bowen.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to her caregivers from Carelink Home Health and Unity Point Home/Hospice Care, her many friends, and her church family for their visits, cards, prayers and support.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. John's Anglican Cathedral. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, to St. John's Anglican Cathedral or Carelink Home Health (Christian Horizons) a faith-based not-for-profit.

WEBSITE: hansenspear.com.

ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com.
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, 2018
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