January 14, 1941 – October 26, 2019
Mary Mitchell Tarver Bowen, 78, of Midland, TX, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, October 26, 2019, surrounded by family after a valiant battle with cancer. Mary was born on January 14, 1941 in Texas City, TX to Willard and Minnie (Hamilton) Mitchell. She grew up in Crosbyton, TX and went to school there. She married James Walden Tarver in 1964. Mary completed her high school education, graduating in 1969 in California where she and James were living. After James’ death in 1969, Mary moved to Midland with her 3 young children and began her career with State Farm Insurance where she was employed until her retirement in 2016. In 1972, her nephew introduced her to Thomas Boyd Bowen. They were married on September 16, 1972. Their combined families became a strong and loving family where many fond and timeless memories were made. Mary was a devoted Christian and had a big heart for people. Her home and her dining table were always open to friends, strangers, and singles who she always tried to find a match for. One such person recalls that Mary invited her to her home for a black-eyed pea dinner after just meeting her at Mary’s insurance office because she was new to Midland and had never eaten them. She always made everyone feel welcomed and loved. Her laughter was infectious and we will miss it dearly.
Mary is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Boyd; her 6 children, Kevin (Dawn) Tarver; Kristi (Vicente) Hinojos; Kathy (Richard) Schwope; Dede (Mark) Ford; Tere (Ray) Baker; and Mark (Sherma) Bowen; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Vance (Bernice) Mitchell and Gary (Janice) Mitchell and a sister-in-law Janice Bowen; several nieces and nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
Mary was preceded in death by her father, Willard Mitchell; mother, Minnie Mitchell; her husband, James Tarver; a brother Weldon Mitchell; a sister Laverne Peak; brothers-in-law Jerrald Bowen and Gayle Bowen; a grandson and a great-granddaughter.
There will be visitation at Ellis Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6-8 PM. Funeral services will be Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10 AM at First Assembly of God church with Pastor Mike Hanks officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 PM at Terrace Cemetery in Post, TX. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Cancer Society or to Hospice.
- Brian Baker
- Shawn Baker
- Colin Baker
- Mitchell Ford
- Alex Bowen
- Andy Bowen
- Avery Bowen
- Jeremy Wood
- Jermaine Hinojos
- Jamison Hinojos
- Visitation Wednesday, October 30, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, October 31, 2019
- Graveside Service Thursday, October 31, 2019
October 30, 2019
I’ve known Mary all my life. Her Dad and my Dad were brothers. We all lived in Crosbyton and went to school together. She always had a beautiful smile and was full of sweetness. I know we will all miss her. I’m thankful she’s no longer in pain. I talked to her a few times last Christmas. I had traveled to Midland to spend time with family. We were going to get together while I was there, but then I got sick and had to have surgery, so between my Dr. appointments and hers, we didn’t get together after all. I loved Mary very much. She was a special cousin to me.
My thoughts and prayers are with her loving family and friends. May God wrap His loving arms around each one of you and give you peace. Mary is with Jesus and is happy and whole.
Love to all of you,
October 29, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Mary, she was always so sweet and patient. I thought of her frequently and so wished I had kept in touch! She was such a treasure and I know she will be missed! Love you Mary
Donella and Scott Davidson
October 28, 2019
Dearest Tarver/Bowen Family,
It is with a heavy heart I am writing this. Mary was supportive, kind, and generous. She opened up her house to me on several occasions growing up and brought me along to visit Grandma Tarver w the family. She will always be forever in our hearts.
October 28, 2019
My favorite memory with my grandma is when I got to take her on a trip to San Angelo for the Fourth of July weekend. We went to an outdoors, hippy-like museum where local artist sold their work. While some of it was pretty nice, there were some strange things that made me and Gram a bit anxious. We then went to get ice cream and to a garden with giant lili-pads. I think that was her favorite part. My favorite part was that was the first time I got to hear Gram'a full life story straight from her memories.
October 28, 2019
What a beautiful person Mary was to my family, and a precious best friend to my mother Mary Lou Bass. God be with you all as you grieve her absence but celebrate her presence in heaven. I know my mom and dad were there to welcome her with open arms right beside Jesus.