Joyce Darlene Bowes

January 28, 1935March 6, 2012

Joyce “Darlene” Bowes of Old Saybrook passed away on March 6, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Born on January 28, 1935 to Morlan and Veora Losey of Kansas. At the age of sixteen, Darlene met John, the love of her life, in Wichita, KS where he was stationed in the Air Force. She married him at seventeen and had three children by the age of 20, and a forth at 27 years old. She was the most wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be loved and missed forever.

Darlene is survived by her four children son John and wife Cindy (Commander) and their children Christine and John; daughter Susan and her children Paul, Brian, and Krista; son Mark and wife Fran (Dannaher) and their children Shannon, Mark, Sean, and Brennan; and son Matthew and wife Lisa (Patrick) and their children Matthew and Susan, as well as nine great-grandchildren, and sisters in law Mary McClure and Janice Bowes both of Waterford.

Family and friends may visit the Swan Funeral Home 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook on Friday March 9 from 6-8pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday at 10am at St. John RC Church, with burial to follow at St. John Cemetery.

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  • Visitation Friday, March 9, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 10, 2012

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Jewel Gillis

June 28, 2012

I always thought very highly of Darlene and John. They always treated me very well, even after I got divorced. They were wonderful and caring people.

Sara Gillis

June 28, 2012

My family always enjoyed visits with Unca John and Auntie D. They were such wonderful and fun people. They will certainly be missed.

Douglas Cobb

March 26, 2012

To Matt and all of your repective family members,

I just wanted to pass along my codolences regarding your Mom's recent passing - as well as that of your Dad's (of which I recently learned).

By all accounts, your Mom and Dad had long, wonderful lives together - and a great family to support them along the way.

May your Mom and Dad rest in peace - together again.


Doug Cobb

March 14, 2012

John, Susan, Mark and Matt so sorry to hear of your Mom passing. She was such a warm lovely woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all...
The Murphy Family

March 14, 2012

Thank you to everyone who has written these wonderful posts to, or about, my dear, dear, mother. She is loved and missed more than words can say.

Krista Briscoe

March 12, 2012

Joyce Darlene Bowes was the only example of human perfection I've ever encountered. Not once in my twenty-two years of knowing her did I notice a single flaw in this very special lady. God could not have blessed me with a better grandmother, nor could he have better blessed any of the many people who knew her. She always looked like a million bucks, no matter what her plans were for the day. I'll miss her strong iced tea in the summertime, and her raspberry hot chocolate in the winter. I'll think of her whenever I put my clothes in the "warsh", go to "Missour-uh," or put "cim-mu-mum" and sugar on my toast. Gosh, do I miss you, Grandmama. Thank you for the two wonderful decades of memories you gave me. I love you so very much. Give Grandpa a hug & a kiss for me.

March 12, 2012

I know that God has prepared a very special place for you and for Grandpa -- and I hope that special place includes a couple of kitchen stools and a bottomless cookie jar and gallon of milk. (And maybe a couple of slot machines, too!)

You will always be in our hearts.


Karen Lindsay

March 12, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Fran Bowes

March 12, 2012

Dear Ma,
I'll miss you very much, but find comfort knowing I'll see you every day! Everytime I see the leaves on the cottonwood shimmer in the sunlight, or the wildflowers you loved dance in the breeze, I'll think of you. I'll feel the touch of your hand in the warmth of the sunlight, and the sound of your laughter in the wind as it moves through the trees. I'll hear the gentleness of your voice in the quiet of the snow falling over the fields, and see once again the twinkle in your eyes in the brillance of a starfilled night at the farm in Missouri. I'll think of you often in the quiet of my days and thank God for his gift to all of us--you. No one is truly gone until they are forgotten, and I will never forget you. Love you, Ma.

March 11, 2012

Bob, Sue, Mark, and Matt - We are so sorry for your loss. Your mom and dad
were the most wonderful 'storybook' love that lasted a lifetime. They will truly be missed.

Danny and Flora Bowes