BOWEN, Helene Norma
November 22, 1923 — September 27, 2017
Mom passed away at Lakeview Lodge in Westbank, B.C. She was just shy of her 94th birthday.
Mom was born in Edmonton on November 22, 1923 to William and Xena Harris. After spending her younger years in Lloydminster and Trail, she went to Normal School in Victoria to become a teacher. Following a stint as a teacher, Mom earned a degree in Interior Design from the University of Manitoba where she met our Dad. She then travelled over much of B.C. helping Dad with his field work as a civil engineer with Indian Affairs. She and Dad moved to Ottawa when we were young as our Dad was transferred there for work. Later, after Dad retired, Mom and he moved out to B.C. to be with their sons and families. During all this time, Mom sacrificed so much of her time and talents for her family, always encouraging, caring, and loving.
Mom had a passion for painting and, in particular, water colours. She took a lead role in the arts community in Ottawa with the Bells Corners Art League, art lending, and with a group of water colour artists called Aqua Media that she helped to found. During our teenage years, she used her interior design degree while working for a short time at Gordon Burroughs Interior Design firm in Ottawa.
Mom was predeceased by our dad George Bowen and leaves behind two sons: Jordie (George) Bowen, his wife Laurie and their daughter Catherine; Rob Bowen, his wife Suzanne and their sons Jonathon and Ross. She also leaves behind her sister Shirley and husband Karl and their daughters Susan and Dorothy.
A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at 3834 Brown Road, Westbank, B.C. Memorial donations on Mom’s behalf can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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The service for BOWEN, Helene Norma is scheduled for Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.