Lonnie Mae (Matthews) Bowen (1923 - 2016)

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Early in the morning of Dec. 7, 2016, Lonnie Mae (Matthews) Bowen left this world for the next. She died peacefully at home, under the loving care of her children. She was born on Dec. 31, 1923, in Milton, Florida to John Wesley and Eva (Ward) Matthews, the third child of eleven.

She had an amazingly creative mind and taught herself to draw at an early age. Her love of drawing led to many years of painting, including a period when she studied privately with Alaskan artist Norman Lowell.

She was first married to George Melvin of Milton, and they had three sons: John, Albert (Al) and William (Bill). Her second husband (for 37 years) was Thomas E. Bowen (deceased 4/6/1991). Tom had a son from his first marriage, John Raymond Bowen. They added to the family daughters Maryann and Elizabeth (Liz).

They built the family a home in Anchorage and Lonnie worked hard to manage the family's needs while Tom worked with the Air Force. She created a large vegetable garden each summer and grew a bounty of food. In her final years, she kept orchids, violets and a variety of exotic plants blooming in her living room windows. But her greatest love was her family. She spent countless hours helping care for her children and grandchildren, calling her siblings in Florida, and writing notes to far away friends. She also made a home for many lucky dogs throughout her lifetime, and in her final years was given much comfort by her 4-legged children.

During her life, she donated to many charities, and in lieu of flowers, the family asks you to donate in Lonnie's name to the child-focused .

A brief graveside service for Lonnie will be held July 28, 2017, and a memorial service led by Pastor Brian Chronister will be held on July 29, 2017, at New Grace Christian Church, Anchorage, at 1 pm. For more information email: [email protected].
Religious Service Information
New Grace Christian Church
10821 Totem Rd
Anchorage, AK 99516
(907) 868-1715
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Published in Santa Rosa Press Gazette from July 10 to Aug. 9, 2017