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Fentress Mortuary

1805 North A Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Jan Bower

June 24, 1939September 13, 2020
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On Sunday, September 13, 2020, Dorothy Janet Bower (O’Brien), loving wife and mother of two children, passed away at the age of 81. Affectionately known as Obie and Jan, she was born on June 24, 1939 in Augusta, MO to Jim and Lucille O’Brien.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. In 1960 she was swept off her feet by her future husband Norman Dean Bower and on March 10, 1961 they were married. They raised 2 children, a son Bill and a daughter Renee.

An adventurous spirit, Jan traveled extensively with her husband and instilled that spirit in her children and grandchildren. Jan had a passion for her family, her faith and country and dedicated her life to all three, a passion that she was able to pass on to her children and grandchildren.

Jan is survived by her husband Dean, her 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Mom’s loving smile, her giving spirit, dedication to family and her zest for life live on in us all.

A Rosary will be said 12:00 P.M. Friday, September 18, 2020 with the Funeral Mass to follow at 12:30 P.M., at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Interment will be at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary in Fort Smith.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, 38105.

  • FAMILY

  • James Martin O'Brien, Father (deceased)
  • Lucille Elizabeth Scahill, Mother (deceased)
  • Norman Dean Bower, Husband
  • Renee Bower, Daughter
  • Bill Bower, Son
  • Anita O'Brien Knettle, Sister (deceased)
  • Karen Wheimholt, Sister
  • Bernie O'Brien, Brother
  • Jim O'Brien, Brother (deceased)
  • Reggie O'Brien, Brother (deceased)
  • Jan is also survived by 4 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bill Bower
  • Grandsons
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Services

  • Rosary Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, September 18, 2020

Memories

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Renee Bower

September 17, 2020

As a family we wanted to celebrate mom's life with some of our favorite photos of mom sharing moments with her family, friends, and classmates. With each memory we share with one another we know mom is smiling and laughing with us. We're so blessed and it just makes me smile to think of the joyful reunion with loved ones who were there to greet her. Love to you all and thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Linda Cobb

September 16, 2020

I was Jan's hairdresser for several years. She became a real friend that I shall never forget. I was thinking about her the day she died for some reason and wondering how she was doing not knowing anything was going on. I actually prayed for her that day when I thought of her. I know she suffered with arthritis for many years and lived with pain. She and I discussed the things of Jesus many times as she sat in my chair and I styled her hair. I pray God will bring comfort to the family in this time of loneliness. I know what a hole it leaves in the family when one goes home.

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Biography

On Sunday, September 13, 2020, Dorothy Janet Bower (O’Brien), loving wife and mother of two children, passed away at the age of 81. Affectionately known as Obie and Jan, she was born on June 24, 1939 in Augusta, MO to Jim and Lucille O’Brien. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. In 1960 she was swept off her feet by her future husband Norman Dean Bower and on March 10, 1961 they were married. They raised 2 children, a son Bill and a daughter Renee. An adventurous spirit, Jan traveled extensively with her husband and instilled that spirit in her children and grandchildren. Jan had a passion for her family, her faith and country and dedicated her life to all three, a passion that she was able to pass on to her children and grandchildren. Jan is survived by her husband Dean, her 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Mom’s loving smile, her giving spirit, dedication to family and her zest for life live on in us all.
A Rosary will be said 12:00 P.M. Friday, September 18, 2020 with the Funeral Mass to follow at 12:30 P.M., at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Interment will be at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary in Fort Smith.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, 38105.

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