In Remembrance of Mrs. Jo Ann Bowen a.k.a:
Our granny, Mama Jo, Auntie Jo Ann
Jo Ann hailed from the beautiful City of Osceola Arkansas the birthplace
of her beginning roots. She came from a humble family of five, her Father
Mr. Joseph Harper and her Mother Mrs. Ruby Lee Harper, her brother
Odell Harper, and two sisters Stella Williams and Leathea De’Bose. As time
passed she migrated to the sunshine State of Key West Florida, where she
held down several jobs living the simple life and enjoying Florida’s beautiful
beaches, landscapes and seafood delicacies. Then as time passed she made
her final move to Stockton California in the year of 1963. As years passed
she met the man who captured her heart a Mr. Clifford Eugene Bowen.
They entered into matrimony on June 11, 1968 followed by a Brady Bunch
union with Jo Ann and her only child Karen Brown and Clifford and his
two sons Clifford Bowen and Scotty O Bowen, then some time later Clifford’s
third son Jonell Spivey joined the union. The rest that follows consisted of
fulfilled dreams of prosperity and memories of precious moments. While in
Stockton Jo Ann held down several jobs, she was a Supervisor and Director
of Community Laundry, she became a Counselor at the Wolf Groupe Home
in French Camp, California. She ran her own Group Home where she later
retired and became the full-time wife and mother, grandmother and great
grandmother, she was a member of The Mosswood Church of God, a good
cook, boy! Could that woman burn. She was a God-fearing woman, a true
force to be reckon with, the ultimate Mother and Caretaker for her own
and many children after. Through the support of her and her husband
and their home became a shelter and a haven for all who needed love and
guidance. Coming this year on the 11th day of June 2019 it would have
been 51 years of marital bliss for them both. Together they are the proud
owners of two homes, several cars, and the list goes on. Mrs. Jo Ann Bowen
and her husband Clifford has earned the respect and gratitude of many.
In conclusion Jo Ann was all about family and good family values. She
dedicated her entire life to caring about her family, securing them with love
and hope and encouraging them to get their own. Jo Ann was well loved
and greatly appreciated and has certainly left and indelible mark on us
all. May God rest her beautiful soul. Her Father-in-Law and Mother-in-
Law Mr. David Bowen and Mrs. Christina Bowen, her Brother-in-Law
Richard Bowen, her Sister-in-Law’s Gwendolyn, Linda, Amanda Bowen, her
granddaughter Kamia Ervin, her niece Regina Harris, her nephews
Marvin Hillery, Steve Hillery, Johnnie Bob, her best friend Margaret Henry, have
all proceeded her in death. She leaves to mourn, her beloved Husband Clifford, her
children: Karen Brown, Clifford Bowen, Scottie O Bowen, Johnell Spivey, her God-
daughter Penny Thomas and children, her grandchildren: Robert, Willie, Nikia,
Clifford Jr., Chris, Chanice, Khalil, Calyn, Cavanna, Christina, Tanay, Joshua,
Jermaine, Deshaun, Larry, Starr, Jasmine. A host of great grandchildren too many
to mention. A host of nephews and nieces, Her best friend’s children and grandchild
Renae and Charmane, her Brother-in-law’s and Sister-in-law’s Ruth Henry, Jacklyn
Bowen, Mildred Hillery, James Bowen Jr., Samuel Bowen Sr., Timothy Bowen and
their host of children and grandchildren.
Rest in Peace Our Beloved
You shall be greatly missed!
Dear Jo Ann,
You were and still are the woman of my life.
You're Gods gift to me a loving wife.
You were true to our vowels till death do us part.
You're gone but you'll always be in my heart.
I loved you with all my heart as best I could.
God took you because he also loved you and this
I always understood.
So enjoy your God and leave room for me.
For I’ll be coming home and it's you and God
I want to see.
Love Always Clifford
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