OBITUARY

Lorene Iona Bowling

December 14, 1919June 3, 2019

Lorene Iona Low Bowling It was probably a chilly day on December 14, 1919 when Lorene was born to Johann Ludvig (John Louis, known as Lou) and Marie Margaret (Gabriel) Low in Scribner, Nebraska. Lorene, also known as Rene, was the second of four children born to this union. Sadly, her mother died as a result of childbirth when Lorene was five. She didn’t lack for supervision or companionship though, as her grandparents and their ten other children lived on farms nearby, and she had 40+ first cousins to play with. The lure of the Rocky Mountains was great, and as a young woman, Lorene headed west to Denver to attend the Barnes School of Commerce. During WWII, she worked for the Air Force in downtown Denver. It was there that she met her husband-to-be, Justus Tucker Bowling. He was on the shuttle bus and saw her walking to work. He then investigated her relationship status, looked her up, and announced “I told my secretary that I was going to marry you if it is the last thing I ever do.” And he did - on April 17, 1943. Because of her husband’s Air Force career, they moved often, living in Texas, Kansas, Virginia, New York, and finally Alaska, when it was still a territory. They retired to Central Point, Oregon in 1955. Three children were born to this marriage – Patricia Ann (Yale Isaac Fagan), Susan (Michael Thomas Burke), and Joseph Langdon Bowling. Joseph was born prematurely, and died soon thereafter. Lorene was widowed in 1965, and relocated to Colorado, where she could be close to her beloved mountains. She continued to work for attorneys, and took pride in her work. She was also kind. In the spring when graduating law students mailed their resumes to her office, the partners, needing no help, would simply throw the letters away. She rescued these letters, and sent a nicely worded rejection to the hopefuls. Housework wasn’t her favorite activity, but she was a good cook, and especially enjoyed sweets and ice cream. When she was directed by older sister Louella to fix the evening meal, she started by planning dessert! Lorene was blessed with three loving and accomplished granddaughters: Jennifer Rachel Fagan Ennamorato (Robert John, Jr., Maryland), Elizabeth Rosanne Burke (Daniel Beckinsale, Australia), and Cheresse Estelle Burke (J. Elias Helfer, Denmark). In Denver, Lorene continued to travel both within the US and internationally. She retired in 1992 at the age of 72, providing time to build a legacy of dedication, work, and service to her family, friends, and church. Lorene was predeceased by her son Joseph (1952), sister Louella Agatha Dorothy Low Carr (2000), and brothers Donald Gottlieb Low, DVM (2004), and Delwyn John Low (2008), and nephew Richard Wayne Low (1973). She is survived by seven nieces and nephews, numerous grand-nieces and nephews, and many friends. Lorene passed on June 3, 2019, having lived to 99 years. Her service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Living Water Unity Church on June 15, 2019. Pastor David Ridge will officiate. She was interred June 7, 2019 at Olingers Mount Lindo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Living Water Unity Church, or a charity of your preference. Thank you to Visiting Angel Judy Graff, and to Pathways Hospice of Fort Collins, who provided stellar service to Lorene and her family in her final months.

Services

  • Burial Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 15, 2019

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