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Edith Bowers

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit_BowersEdith Bowers, 90, a dedicated loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many died Sept. 3, 2010 with her devoted husband of 73 years at her side. She was born in Littleton, Col., on November 4, 1919.

At the age of 15 Edith moved to Centralia, Wash., with her parents Rose and Thomas Benton and four brothers: Ernest, Vernon, Ralph and Paul.

Her new neighbor became her loving husband. Edith was a stay-at-home mom who helped Gordon earn college degrees and cared for their three children: Dolores, Gloria and Wayne. Since 1947, their homes have been Alderwood Manor (Lynnwood), Bothell and Edmonds. Her life was centered on her family and helping any in need. She cared for her mother in her last years, volunteered as a teacher at the Little Red School House for 14 years, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Girl Scouts and PTA. Edith and Gordon worked with Monroe prisoners’ families and taught English to immigrants learning some Asian in the process.

They enjoyed many functions with the Sno-King School Retirees Assoc. and the friends they made. Almost every day for 30 years, they went to Denny’s in Lynnwood where the staff was like family.

So, special thanks to Tami, Jamie, Adrien, Mark, and the rest. She lived a full life from the hardship of the Depression without electricity and outhouses to travelling the world. She joked that her husband had worn her out walking the streets of large and small cities on their world tours.

Our special thanks to Swedish-Stevens Hospital and their Providence Hospital Hospice staff.

She leaves her devoted, loving caretaker Gordon of Edmonds; one brother Vernon (Lillian) in Portland; sister-in-law Rene Benton of Edmonds and their families; daughters, Dolores (Leo) Valenzuela of Shoreline, Gloria (Jim) Kraft of Redmond, and daughter-in-law Cynthia Bowers of Everett; granddaughter Cynthia Follette (Bob) of Edmonds; grandsons Tony Valenzuela of Tacoma, Nick (Janey) Valenzuela of Puyallup, Arnie (Blaine) Valenzuela of University Place, Vince Valenzuela of Shoreline, Scott (Katie) Kraft of Seattle, Bryan (Barb) Kraft of Albany, Ore. and six great-grands and Susie the kitty. Thanks also to the Arizona Valenzuelas and the Follette families.

No funeral services at her request.

A private ceremony will be held for the family. Remembrances can be made to Little Red School House, 3210 200th Pl SW, Lynnwood 98036, or Sno-King School Retirees Scholarship Fund 11227 Goodwin Way NE Seattle 98125.

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