Grandma Mary Bowman, nee Foster, widow of John Bowman, deceased, died at the residence of Absalom Nellans, six miles southwest of Rochester, Monday, January 28 [1889].

Yesterday her remains were taken to the Lutheran Cemetery near Bloomingsburg for burial, prior to which Rev. A. E. Gift delivered an eloquent funeral sermon.

Deceased was born in Perry County, Ohio, some 78 years ago, and emigrated to Fulton County, Indiana, during the early part of its history. She was brought up in the Lutheran faith from infancy, to which she devotedly clung to the end. Having lead a truly Christian life, deceased was possessed of many other womanly virtues. Her many friends and neighbors will ever remember her spirit of benevolence, hospitality and cheerfulness. For the constant practice of these commendable virtues, her Creator did not let her pass away unrewarded, and left her in the full enjoyment of her mental faculties to the last moment of her long and fruitful life.

The Rochester Sentinel, 1889
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman