Velma Ada Marion Harper Bowes passed on Jan. 1, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. at her daughters home in Trafford, Alab. at the age of 88. She was born in Toronto, Ontario Canada in February of 1924 to Charles Gilbert Harper and Ruth Valentine Smith/Harper. Her birth certificate said she was one of triplets, and in that day a miracle she survived for home births were the norm. She always said she wanted to live to be 100 but was unable to accomplish this goal. She had many other goals that were met in life.
She graduated high school to join the Canadian Army and became an orderly room sergeant in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. She served at the closest geographic point to Japan in WWII and was on constant alert carrying her Enfield rifle. She was honorably discharged at the end of WWII and moved to Los Angeles, where her organizational and clerical skills were put to good use at an accounting firm. She met my father Francis Orland Bowes and within six months married him. Children followed Valerie Elaine Bowes, Virginia Arlene Bowes and Dawn Victoria Bowes. She raised her children moving between California, Illinois and then back to California and parts in between, including Nevada and Arizona. She again worked as an escrow secretary while living in Scottsdale, Ariz. and very much enjoyed entering the workforce late in life after raising her girls.
She enjoyed her memberships in the Eastern Star and was a Worthy Past Matron of Old West Chapter 642, as well as her membership in the Paso Robles OES chapter while living in Paso Robles and Atascadero.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Francis Orland (Maj) Bowes; her daughter Valerie Elaine Bowes Wronker. She is survived by her family Dawn Victoria Bowes and Sally Allen Bowes of Trafford, Alab., Virginia Arlene Bowes Nisse, Ralph M. Nisse, of Lockwood, Calif; and many California grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her brother Bruce Gilbert Harper & Patricia Harper of Ajax, Ontario, Canada and many nieces and nephews will remember her fondly.
Her family intends to have a military tribute service for the internment of both their father and mothers ashes at some time in Alabama in the near future. This would be in honor of their wishes to be together in life, the 50 some years they were married, and in death eternally.
Thank you for all the condolences that have come in to support the family at this difficult time. Velma will be remembered as a brave an adventurous spirit in a difficult era where women were not. She will be fondly thought of by her family and friends and missed deeply by her remaining family.
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