Josephine “Josie” Bowman, 92, of Pendleton, died Saturday, April 24, 1993, at Delamarter Care Center in Pendleton. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bishop Funeral Chapel with interment at Olney Cemetery.
Mrs. Bowman was born May 24, 1900, at Pendleton to Joseph and Minnie Gottfredsen Rothlin. She was raised on Upper McKay Creek and attended both McKay and Shaw schools.
On Sept. 15, 1924, she married Kenneth E. Bowman at Pendleton. After their marriage, they lived at South Cold Spring before moving to the Enterprise-Lostine area for a short time. They returned to Pendleton where they lived for a time before returning to the ranch where they lived from 1943 until 1967 when they moved to the Mission area.
Mrs. Bowman was active in community affairs. She was a member of the PGG Women’s Auxiliary, the Pioneer Ladies Club where she was a past president; and in her earlier years was active in PTA. Because of her pioneer heritage, she was active in the Western Pioneer Day Celebrations and was honored as a member of the Queen’s court in 1959. She attended the Presbyterian Church.
She enjoyed sewing and crocheting items which she gave to both family and friends. Her husband died in 1982. Survivors include sons, Raymond “Ray” and Richard “Dick,” both of Pendleton and Lester “Les” of Portland; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Umatilla County Historical Society, directly or through Bishop Funeral Chapel, 131 S.E. Byers, Pendleton, Ore. 97801.
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman