Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI


Mary Lou Bowers

April 2, 1931July 1, 2020

Mary Lou Bowers was born April 2, 1931, in Akron, Ohio and passed away peacefully on July 1, 2020. She was 89 years old.

At age 10, Lou and her family moved to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. After graduating high school in 1949, she went on to attend Ohio University, earning her Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1953. Lou then taught elementary school for eight years.

After years of childhood friendship, Lou and Dave Bowers fell in love and married on June 9, 1957. Dave and Lou moved to Ann Arbor, MI as Dave pursued his Doctorate in psychology. They both enjoyed Ann Arbor and decided to make it their permanent home.

Dave and Lou had two children, David G. Bowers, Jr. and Stephen E. Bowers. After staying home to raise her boys, Lou pursued a second career as a sales clerk at Jacobson’s Department Store, retiring in 2002.

Lou enjoyed spending as much time as possible at the family vacation home at Hubbard Lake. She and Dave spent many summers lakeside with their dear friends, the Bachman’s.

Lou was always known for her kindness towards others, big heart, warm smile, and great sense of humor. In her retirement years she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and vacationing at Hubbard Lake.

Lou is preceded in death by her loving husband Dave Bowers, parents Alfred and Mary Humphrey, and sister Edith Hoch. She is survived by her sons Dave Bowers (Peggy), Steve Bowers (Julie) and her grandchildren Megan, Emily, Joe, and Abby Bowers.

Respecting the coronavirus social distancing mandate, a celebration of her life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or Autism Speaks.


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Janice Leonard

July 3, 2020

Lou and I were friends back in the 60's when we belonged to the MixMasters, a cooking group. It was a fun group all of us sharing our favorite receipes. Then we shared Steve's and Julie's wedding Sept 2003. That was a very special time ,then came Joe and Abby. We then shared so much family time, the birthday's, the holidays and just all special times with family. No doubt Lou was always a special person to be with , loyality and graciousness, a great Mother, Grandmother and friend.
We will miss you, GRANDMA TROT TROT

Anne McNamara

July 3, 2020

My condolences to Lou’s family. Lou was a close and generous friend to our family. One of my favorite Lou stories was when she drove up to my wedding in Escanaba 15 years ago. Lou and Dorothy Wright drove up from Ann Arbor together. After crossing the Mackinac bridge they didn’t turn west but kept heading north, ending up in Canada. We all had a good laugh when they finally arrived. They didn’t live it down and were great sports about the story being told many times that weekend. She was one of the good ones.

Peggy McNamara

July 3, 2020

Lou was always so lovely, warm, a and kind. One of my favorite memories was a fourth of July . There was a gathering at at my mom's house, Barbara, Lou brought the most incredible fruit salad and had the biggest smile as she came up the front porch steps. I was so excited and Lou said, "If this makes you that happy I'll bring everytime"... and she did for years and for many of picnics, graduations, or just stopping by. Maybe she would've brought fruit salad anyway, but she'd always give me a little wink or nod.
I also remember when I was very young how she'd lean down to get a kiss and give on. I'll miss Lou.
I also remember that I loved her voice. I always thought of her as family . I'll cherish my memories . My heartfelt condolences to all who knew and loved Lou.

Ibbie Boehnke

July 3, 2020

To Lou’s family—-I was so sorry to hear of Lou’s death. I loved her & worked with her at Jakes. Will remember the times we got our group together for lunch. A fun person! Ibbie

Barbara O'Donnell

July 3, 2020

David and Steve and family,
I know your mom is up there dining with your dad. May she rest in peace .
Barbara O'Donnell

Audrey Lloyd

July 3, 2020

To Lou's family,
David and Steve, I am sorry to learn of Lou's passing.
I don't have to say this, but she was such a proud mother.
Fond memories of the ladies of Bath & Bedding~


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