Claudia Oleathea Bowens
1945 - 2020
BORN
1945
DIED
2020
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Akron, OH
) Claudia Oleathea (nee Tracy) Bowens, 75, of Akron, Ohio, transitioned to her heavenly home on March 22, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer. She was born on March 7, 1945 in Utica, New York to the late Gloria A. (nee Tracy) Wright. In 1981, Claudia relocated, along with her six children, to Akron, Ohio. It was here that Claudia, better known as "CoCo", continued to share her love and kindness with all those that were blessed enough to engage with this spirited soul grounded in her roots from Africa. Her name "CoCo", she adopted from the native Swahili language which means grandmother. It wasn't long, before all who met her, she became CoCo to them as well. She was sure to involve her children and grandchildren actively as she participated in the community and embraced her heritage. Some of their fondest memories can trace back to attending African Liberation Day, Kwanza or Juneteenth, just to name a few. Claudia was a devoted and founding member of the Dominion Family Church, Bishop Marc L. Neal pastor. She served in ministry for over twenty years with most recently, faithfully serving on the hospitality committee which earned her the honor of having the kitchen facility dedicated, renamed and will forever be known as "CoCo's Kitchen". When she wasn't spending time with her family or serving in the community or church you would find her working. She retired from Interim Health Services after over 20 years of employment. Her compassion and love for people were two unique qualities that made her such a quality care giver. She cared for Lemar Barkley since he was nine years old. Lamar, now 32, along with his grandmother, Peggy Miller, quickly became a large part of CoCo's extended and ever-growing family. In addition to her mother; she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lillian Lewis; husband, Dan Bowens; daughter, Gloria Bowens; brothers, David Wright and Aaron Dexter and sister, Jacqui Weeks. Claudia leaves to carry on her legacy, six children, Kevin Bowens, Charles Bowens (Stephanie) of Akron, Reba Bowens of Columbia, S.C., Keith Bowens (Kim), Phyllis Bowens of Akron and Dan Bowens (Tricia) of Columbus; five step-children, Richard Bowens of Syracuse, N.Y., Albert Patterson of Lawrenceville, GA, Valerie Reese (Earl), Victoria Patterson and Candi Patterson of Syracuse, N.Y.; six brothers, Rubin Dexter (Lionel) of San Bernardino, CA, Gary Frank (Jennifer) of Syracuse, Michael Dexter and Kenny Dexter of Buffalo, N.Y., Stefon Wright of Las Vegas, NV and Andrew Frank of Utica, N.Y.; eight sisters, Lois Rogers of Littleton, CO, Nancy Wilson of Akron, Gwen Dexter of Groveport, Terri Dexter of Akron, Pam Wright of Las Vegas, NV, Maria Reese of Buffalo, N.Y., Nicole Felton (Jerome) of Utica, N.Y., and "Lil" Pamela Wright of GA; two cousin/sisters; Luzette Vaness and Gloria Yearby; one god-brother, Frank Smith; three god-children, Alfonso Dexter, Shamia Wilson and Jean Webb; 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews; lifelong friends, Zik Ogbonna of Pittsburgh, PA, Linda Benson and Sylvia Dingle of Utica, N.Y. Services and Visitation for Claudia Oleathea Bowens will be private due to the current environment surrounding the coronavirus. Please continue to support the BOWENS Family during this difficult time by sharing your prayers and thoughts on NewcomerAkron.com. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of NewcomerAkron.com



Published by Akron Beacon Journal on Mar. 25, 2020.
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15 Entries
To The Family Of Mrs. Bowens

Your Mother (CoCo), was one of God's Angels.

I'm Still Here

Friend, please don't mourn for me,

I'm still here, though you don't see.

I'm right by your side each night and day,

And within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I'm always near,

I'm everything you feel, see or hear.

My spirit is free, but I'll never depart,

As long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I'll never wander out of your sight.

I'm the brightest star on a summer night.

I'll never be beyond your reach.

I'm the warm moist sand when you're at the beach.

I'm the colorful leaves when fall comes around,

And the pure white snow that blankets the ground.

I'm the beautiful flowers of which you're so fond,

The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I'm the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring,

The first warm raindrop that April will bring.

I'm the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,

And you'll see that the face in the moon is mine.

When you start thinking there's no one to love you,

You can talk to me through the Lord above you.

I'll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,

And you'll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I'm the hot salty tears that flow when you weep,

And the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.

I'm the smile you see on a baby's face.

Just look for me, friend, I'm everyplace!

Marilyn L. Lillie & Family
March 28, 2020
My Family and I are Extending our Deepest Sympathy to the Family of CoCo Bowens.,
I will miss her warm smile and our talks. CoCo always brightened my day when I would see her at church. She was a kind and caring mentor to me throughout our friendship. She was truly a loving, compassionate, and Godly woman that I will always remember and love. She always spoke proudly of her children and grandchildren. The last time we were together she had just taken family pictures with all her grandchildren. She had me laughing at how hard it was to get everyone together, but how she enjoyed it. She was an amazing woman who had an energetic spirit! When I think of CoCo, I will think of 1 Corinthians 16:14, Let all that you do be done in love. Our prayers and blessings are with you!
Cheryl Rookard & Family
Cheryl Rookard
March 28, 2020
On behalf of Bishop Marc and Lady Shanary Neal and the entire Dominion Family Church, we offer our deep condolences to the immediate and extended family of our faithful and humble member - Sis. COCO. We are certainly grieving with you.
Dominion Family Church
March 27, 2020
I'm so crushed i don't really have the words... you are loved and will never be forgotten and i thank you for all the influence you have put into my upbringing helping me become who i am today and i wish my children could've got to know you as well as i did. We will meet each other in heaven...see you when i get there.
Fanta Reeves-Miller
March 27, 2020
To The Family Of Mrs. Bowens

Your Mother (CoCo), was one of God's Angels.

I'm Still Here

Friend, please don't mourn for me,

I'm still here, though you don't see.

I'm right by your side each night and day,

And within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I'm always near,

I'm everything you feel, see or hear.

My spirit is free, but I'll never depart,

As long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I'll never wander out of your sight.

I'm the brightest star on a summer night.

I'll never be beyond your reach.

I'm the warm moist sand when you're at the beach.

I'm the colorful leaves when fall comes around,

And the pure white snow that blankets the ground.

I'm the beautiful flowers of which you're so fond,

The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I'm the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring,

The first warm raindrop that April will bring.

I'm the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,

And you'll see that the face in the moon is mine.

When you start thinking there's no one to love you,

You can talk to me through the Lord above you.

I'll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,

And you'll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I'm the hot salty tears that flow when you weep,

And the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.

I'm the smile you see on a baby's face.

Just look for me, friend, I'm everyplace!

Marilyn L. Lillie & Family
March 27, 2020
My condolences to the Bowens family. I pray for your strength during this hard time.



Barbara McCants & family
March 27, 2020
My deepest condolences to the entire Bowens family. Sister Coco gave me a beautiful scarf one Sunday after church and she told me to "wear it". I wore it to her home today with great pride. I will miss you dearly, my Sister and my Sister in Christ.

Brenda Jenkins-Goolsby
Brenda Jenkins-Goolsby
March 26, 2020
My condolences to the Bowen's family. She really was an Angel of God who I will truly miss. My prayers are with you all.
Cassandra Gray
March 25, 2020
May your hearts find peace and rest at this time.

The Foster Family
March 25, 2020
to the family our prayers are with you Coco was a joy to be around love the Bradleys Family
Michelle and
Friend
March 25, 2020
My Heartfelt sympathy to the family during this time of Transition..May the peace of God be to be with you all.
Joyce Robinson
March 25, 2020
On behalf of Bishop Marc and Lady Shanary Neal and the entire Dominion Family Church, we offer our deep condolences to the immediate and extended family of our faithful and humble member - Sis. COCO. We are certainly grieving with you.
Dominion Family Church
March 25, 2020
Our deepest heart felt condolences go out to you all. Siser CoCo had a piece of our heart and from the first day we met we became her family and whe became ours.

We will truly miss you CoCo!

Love Always
Deacon Cecil and Darnella West
March 25, 2020
To the family of Sister Coco
Sending love and prayers and a hug for your heart. Keeping you all in prayer.
The Malone Sisters and Mother
March 25, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Newcomer Funeral Home
March 25, 2020
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