Fern Catherine Bowman
April 27, 1925 - January 20, 2014
Fern Catherine Bowman was born to Howard and Annie (Taylor) Gilbert on April 27, 1925, in a little green house in Molina, CO. She was the seventh of nine children. She graduated from DeBeque High School. Fern liked to joke that she got her name because she was born in a green house.
Fern worked on the Sleepy Cat and Marvine Ranches in Meeker, CO, before moving to San Diego, CA to work as a "Rosie the Riveter" in the Convair Airplane Manufacturing Industry. Because of her small stature, she worked in some tight spaces. She ended her working years in Grand Junction as a clerk and assistant manager for Feather Petroleum.
She had a knack for growing flowers. Her yard was full of beautiful roses and her home had many flowering plants.
Fern leaves behind her children, Gae Mangus of Grand Junction; Lori Ridings of Fruita; Bud (Becky) Ridings of Meeker, and a sister, Ethel Atwood of Grand Junction. She was "Grammy" to seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren, and "Aunt Fern" to numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will take place at Martin Mortuary at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014.
Rest in peace - knowing you are loved by many and free of any pain or sorrow. We miss you Mom. Your little family.
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Published by The Daily Sentinel on Jan. 23, 2014.