Lillian Ann Bowen

October 26, 1926January 4, 2012

Lillian Ann "Ann" Bowen Passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2012. Ann, daughter of William and Barbara Neill was born October 26, 1926 in Alliance, NE. A small town daughter of a grocery man, she grew up in Wyoming and later married her first husband, Allen Alter in 1947. They had one child, Warren. Becoming a single mother in 1958, she began her first career as an English teacher at the University of Wyoming with a M.Ed from the University of Colorado. She went on to meet and marry her lifelong love, Theodore Bowen in 1961. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. After moving to Tucson in 1963, Ann decided to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer. She completed Law School at the University of Arizona and passed the Bar in AZ at a time when very few women were in the field of law. She accepted a position at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC where she worked until being appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney in AZ. She left that office as the Chief of the Criminal Section in 1974 and began a short career in private practice. Ann made an unsuccessful bid for public office, running for Pima County Attorney in 1976. She eventually became a Tucson City Court Magistrate, and was later appointed as the first female Chief City Magistrate. She retired in 1994 after 16 years on the bench, moved for a time to Show Low/Pinetop where she returned to the bench as City Magistrate of Show Low, retiring again in 1997. She was the first woman on the AZ Supreme Court's Committee on Character and Fitness (serving as Vice Chairman and Chairman). She enjoyed being a role model and mentor to many lawyers and was recognized in November, 2000 by the Arizona Bar Association as one of the "Arizona Trailblazers Honoring 100 Women and Minority Lawyers in Arizona." Her recent years have been devoted to her family and her love of reading. An active member in her book club, she was continually regaling the family with the latest book. Throughout her career as a working mother/wife, she always made time for her family. Her list of accomplishments wouldn't be complete if we didn't include being a Cub Scout Den Mother, and President of a DeMolay Mother's Club. She was extremely proud of her family and took pride in sharing their accomplishments with whoever would listen. Ann is survived by her husband, Ted Bowen; son, Warren Alter (Nancy); granddaughters, Katie Alter and Amanda (Rich) Arndt. Her leadership, work ethic, and love will never be forgotten. A Memorial Service will be held at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY CHAPEL, 5801 E. Grant Rd, on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association , American Diabetes Association , or your favorite charity in her name would be a loving tribute.



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Nancy Turner

May 17, 2014

Ann married my (first) cousin Ted and so I knew of many of her accomplishments. I was too young or immature back then to have deep discussions with her; wish I would have, as eventually my career path took me to being a litigation paralegal. I do recall hearing her talk about her involvement in the arrest/criminal punishment of mobster Joe Bonanno.. And it was at Ted and Ann's home at Thanksgiving, 1964 that I first saw and heard a Beatles album - Meet the Beatles; Ann's son Warren played it for us over and over and the music was so amazing. Loved Ann -- she lit up my cousin Ted's life when he met her. Nancy Turner (Ted's mom was Sylvia Turner Bowen)

American Heart Association

January 9, 2012

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Catherine Hanna

January 8, 2012

What a strong, successful, loving, and beautiful wife/mother. Chief, she's the angel, now, and the memories are plentiful. You were very close to her and our hearts ache for you all. May God Bless Judge Bowen and her new journey....

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Nancy, and the girls during this difficult time.

KC & Lorena Stanford

January 7, 2012

I tried my first cases before Judge Bowen in 1981 as a wet behind the ears newly minted attorney. She gracefully yet firmly gave me the leeway to make my client's case and untie my tongue. Beginning in 1989 I served on the City Bench with her. It turns out her bailiff, Lorena, was to be my future spouse. After Ann retired, Lorena and I would visit on occasion as she came into town from Show Low. Ann was at Lorena's U of A graduation celebration in 1996. Ann shared in my good news at being appointed a Superior Court Commissioner in 1997. I also know her son Warren from working side by side on many issues of interest in the criminal justice system. The apple does not fall far from the tree, as he, like his mother, is a person of impeccable character and deep convictions. We will miss you Ann. Our condolences and sympathy to your family.

Theresa Soto

January 7, 2012

I had the pleasure of meeting Judge Bowen while I was employed at the City Of Tucson. As the Budget Analyst for the City Court, I had to meet with Judge Bowen on a regular basis. She was very friendly. I enjoyed our talks and the advice she gave me. I saw her as a role model and mentor. You will be missed, May God Bless you and your family.

Carleen Thomas

January 6, 2012

I had the privilege of working as a Legal Assistant for Ann during her private practice way back in 76/77. She was an awesome lady and will be missed by many people.

Carleen Thomas

January 6, 2012

As a freelance court reporter I had a contract for seven years with the Federal Grand Jury. I had the joy of working and interacting with Ann Bowen over that time. Ann Bowen was a classy woman; a first class lawyer.

Hamish M. Hall

Wendy Petersen

January 6, 2012

Warren: I was so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I know she had a huge impact on your life. Please know that I am thinking about you. Wendy Petersen

January 6, 2012

We have known Ann and Ted and Warren for over fifty years though often far apart in geography. Ann was a splendid person and will be missed by all who knew her. Our hearts are heavy and we grieve for Ted and Ann.

Don and Joan DeLise