LEXINGTON, Ky. - Vivian Irene (Rich) Bowman passed away March 26th at the age of 88 at her home in Lexington.
She is survived by four children, Stewart Neal Bowman of Lexington, Stanley Lee Bowman of Versailles, Hughie Stephen Bowman Elizabethtown, Janet Bowman; her brother, Lenneth Rich (Bonnie) of Glasgow; five grand-children, five great-grandchildren, and three nieces. She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Hughie E. Bowman, her infant daughter, Brenda Kay Bowman and a brother, Edwin Rich.
Vivian grew up on Turkey Creek, near Moss, Tennessee. During World War II, she left Turkey Creek to join the war effort working in munitions and aircraft parts manufacturing in Indianapolis. She married her husband, Master Sergeant Hughie E. Bowman and spent twenty-one years as a military wife, raising her children and residing at several bases including Germany in the mid 1950's. She and her husband retired near Ft. Knox in Hardin County, KY. After her husband's death she moved to Lexington in 1996, to be near family.
Her accomplishments were fundamental to a life well spent. She was a loving mother and wife. Every summer she raised a large garden and always made it her goal to can one hundred quarts of vegetables from her garden. She knew her neighbors, she never met a stranger, loved her children and grandchildren dearly, and delighted in traveling the back roads of KY with Stewart and her grandson Tim looking for that interesting antique.
She loved to laugh, was always cheerful, she loved to tell stories about her childhood in the little community in the hills of Tennessee known as Turkey Creek, and everyone who knew her remembers her for her wide, heart-felt smile, that she always shared with everyone around her.
Even in the short hours before her passing, when asked: "Mom, are you okay?" She beamed that big smile and whispered: "I'm fine".
Vivian will be remembered for her outgoing charm and kindness to everyone she met, her beautiful smile, her sweet disposition, and her positive and sunny outlook on life. Her words were always kind and her spirit was always forgiving...but that smile, even at 88, could light up a room and bring a smile to the faces of everyone around her.
She will be so deeply missed by all who loved her. The world lost a treasure with her passing, but she's surely bringing smiles to the faces of everyone in Heaven today. A graveside service will be 2 PM Thursday at the Lexington Cemetery. No visitation is planned. Milward – Broadway is handling the arrangements.
Contributions are suggested to one’s local Humane Society or to Hospice of The Bluegrass.
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