April 27, 1928 – October 31, 2019
Marylyn Olive (Warner) Bowman passed away peacefully on October 31,2019 at Jefferson House in Newington. Marylyn was born in Hartford, CT on April 27, 1928 to A. Francis and Helen Warner. Marylyn lived in Wethersfield all her life growing up on Main Street. She graduated from Wethersfield High School Class of ‘46 and then from Morse Secretarial School. In June of 1948 she married her high school sweetheart George Penfield Bowman III. They raised their children Debby, George IV and Brent in the home her Father built on Main Street. Old Wethersfield always held a special place in Mom’s heart. We had lots of great times on Main Street. The house at the time was one of the few with a swimming pool, and all of the neighborhood kids and their moms would be over swimming and eating my Grandmother’s homemade cookies. Mom and Dad threw some great family and neighborhood parties (so I was told in later years by the neighbors). Mom was a girl scout leader and used to drag me to all of her after school meetings (no daycare then). I didn’t mind because I got all the attention from my Sister’s girlfriends. The 1970’s were hard on our family, losing my Sister to cancer in ‘71, my Brother to suicide in ‘76 and I continued to be a rebelling pain in their ass. In the late 70’s Mom and Dad moved to a beautiful house on Old Common in Pyquag Village where they put in a pool and continued having great parties (I had some great ones too!). Through it all, my parents were resilient and had many happy years at that house. Dad retired in December of ‘87 and they went to Florida for the winter. They came back in April and Dad was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and he passed away in September at age 60. Mom surprised me again by bouncing back and going on a hot air balloon ride. She loved wintering in Florida and spending time with my aunt Joan and her husband Bob. She continued with social activities volunteering as a docent for the Historical Society at the Keeney Cultural Center. She spent many happy hours playing bridge with her friends at the Wethersfield Country Club and going to the Bushnell to hear the orchestra perform classical music. One night I received a call from the Police Dispatcher saying that someone was following my Mom’s car and that they had her car “boxed in” at Collier Farms. Apparently, she was driving home from the Bushnell with a carload of friends and was bouncing off curbs. After dropping off the last one, the Police stopped her (me being a Police Officer this was a little embarrassing!). I got there and asked if she was OK and she said “I’m perfectly fine I don’t know what their problem is.” I told her to move over and I drove her car home. She admitted that she had two glasses of champagne at intermission! Mom was a great cook; she ate meat and potatoes, but she loathed vegetables. She could make anything taste good. She loved a good glass of champagne, chardonnay or pinot grigio. Even when she was diagnosed with Dementia, she would ask for her 4 p.m. wine. We gave her non-alcoholic wine after she took a spill, and she never knew the difference! Mom loved her family, especially her two grandchildren Brittany and Brent. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband George III, daughter Deborah, son George IV and her brother Howard Warner. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Annette Bowman, her grandchildren Brent Bowman Jr. and Brittany H. Bowman, all of Wethersfield, her nieces Sandy Bowman and Pam Meyer, and her nephews David and Greg Bowman and their families. The family would like to thank Linda Cosgrove and Jaeth Rodriguez for their care and support of Marylyn while she remained at home, as well as the caring and compassionate staff at Jefferson House for their amazing dedication to Marylyn and all of their patients. The funeral will be private at the convenience of the family. Services have been entrusted to D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. To leave a message to the family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com
- Funeral Services are Private
November 4, 2019
Dear Brent and Annette,
Your Mom’s passing is the end of an era. You are all in my heart these last few days. Thanks to you Annette, while buying flowers for my Mom (she died in 2013), I found out about you two. How wonderful AND was encouraged to reach out to your Mom. Well, I called her and we talked for 20 minutes! Marylyn was so special in my life. I left Wethersfield for good in 1976 going to NYC, San Francisco and now Denver but have always carried Debby and the Bowmans with me. Your family was like a second family to me. I’ll never forget that warmth and energy down on Main Street in that wonderful red colored home. Hugs and all the best these next few days. Love, Ray
Daniel E Phelan Jr
November 3, 2019
Dearest Brent and Annette,
Our sincere condolences.
Daniel and Debra Phelan
November 3, 2019
Brent: Beautiful obituary bringing up a lot of memories for me. I do remember you and I coming to the old house from Silas Deane, looking for those famous cookies and finding your Grandmother on the Livingroom floor unable to get up. She was the best!
Miss you Brent and God Bless your Mom. She was wonderful!
An old friend, Matt Thomsen
November 2, 2019
So sorry for your family's lost Brent. Sounds like your mom was a great mother and left you and your family and friends with great memories. Entrust those memories:)
Prayers coming your way.
November 2, 2019
Tom and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. After reading the beautiful obituary, we felt like we knew your Mom. Take comfort in all of those memories you shared with her. Find peace as you move forward by keeping your Mom close in your heart.
With deepest sympathy,
Kendra & Tom
November 1, 2019
Dear Annette and Brent, Janie and I were sorry to hear of Mom's passing. I read her "story" and she was a zesty lady who knew how to live life to the fullest. She left bundles of great memories and I wish we could have met her at one of those formidable get-togethers. Would have been a hoot! Please pass our thoughts and condolences to your family. with love, Bob & Janie
November 1, 2019
You have served your mother well by writing her epitaph. As an old (especially now) friend and next door neighbor, your writing stirred fond memories of The Bowmans. Your mom was a handy helper when my parents needed childcare for my brother and me. I also remember sitting in your kitchen having milk and cookies with her and Debbie. Your mom’s parents planted all those apple trees (and cherries) that my mother and grandmother loved making pies with. (The old rotten ones were good for apple wars!)
Your mom was that kind lady next door who never yelled at me when I was mischievous, but always kept an eye on us for our safety.
Life on Main Street was the best.
Celebrate her life with love.
November 1, 2019
Are prayers are with you & ur family & especially the loss of ur MOM. Sincerely Al