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Marthabelle  Bowman

Marthabelle "Mickey" Bowman

Wednesday, January 21st, 1925 - Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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Obituary

Marthabelle “Mickey” Bowman, 96 of Benton Harbor, passed away August 2, 2020 at West Woods of Bridgman.

A private family burial will be scheduled at a later date at Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor with Pastor Tom Bird officiating. Memorials may be made to Berrien Community Foundation or Lakeland Health Foundation. Those wishing to sign Mickey’s Memory Book may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services.

Mickey was born January 21, 1924 in Benton Harbor, MI to Homer and Esther (McDonald) Rosback. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1942 and went on to Nursing School. On December 9, 1943, she married Vere Bowman at the Methodist Peace Temple in Benton Harbor.

Mickey was a tireless volunteer; she started The Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. She was President and Board Member of MHA. She was the first woman appointed to the Board of Directors of Mercy Memorial Hospital and continued to be a lifelong member when it became Lakeland Regional Hospital. Mickey was also on the board of Berrien Community Foundation for many years. She was the secretary to the Board of Directors for F.P. Rosback Co., her family’s business. In her free time Mickey, enjoyed yard work, gardening and traveling with her family. Mickey’s favorite place was Berrien Hills Country Club, where she could be found golfing on the Tuesday 9 Hole and Thursday Working Woman Leagues and socializing with friends.

After Vere’s passing, she reconnected with an old friend Ken Sink. Together they spent many years wintering in Florida. You could always expect to see them Friday night at Grande Mere Inn with a martini in hand.

Mickey is survived by her children, Ron (Marcia) Bowman of Benton Harbor, Larry “Moose” (June) Bowman of St. Joseph and Sandi (Paul Miller) Bowman of New Troy; grandchildren, Jami, Joelle, Tom, Brooke, Britney, Brent and Kori; along with 12 great grandchildren. Mickey was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vere and companion Ken Sink.
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Lisa Cripps-Downey

Posted at 10:01am
Mickey Bowman was a trustee at the Berrien Community Foundation for over 10 years. She brought light, fun and compassion to the board directors and the entire community. For the Foundation's 65th anniversary, Mickey looked through pictures and shared stories and laughs about friends and members. She will be missed.
Lisa Cripps-Downey
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Jenny Branch Sailor

Posted at 07:57pm
We were so lucky to have Mickey as our neighbor for the 15 years we lived on Seneca. Bob and I were lucky to have known her.
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Debe Stouffer

Posted at 01:24pm
This beautiful woman was so amazing! Her legacy will live in the hearts of us that were privileged to share moments in life with her! Her smile and laughter was infectious! Thinking of all of you!
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Barb Ashley

Posted at 10:29pm
Sandi, Larry, Ron and family,

So sorry for your loss. Will keep you all in my prayers.
CA

Clif Adams

Posted at 03:49pm
Condolences to Ron, Larry , Sandy and family.
I have nice memories of Mickey at Berrien Hills. She was a very nice lady.
RIP Mickey.
Clif Adams
Clif Adams
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