Gwendolyn Jane Bowers Clark, 87, went home to be with her Savior Jesus Christ Aug. 10, 2014.
She was born May 13, 1927, in Mansfield, Ohio, the second of three children to Floyd and Vina Bowers.
Mother, nurse, naturalist, voracious reader, quilter, in her 87 years of life there were not many titles she was a stranger to. She was always quick to remark that the 13th was not unlucky because she was born on such a day. She was a lifelong Buckeye and proud of it. As a tall woman, she often remembered being told by her mother, “Stand up straight, be proud of how tall you are.”
Following graduation in 1945 from Mansfield Senior, she enrolled in nurses training shortly before the end of World War II. She graduated from Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing in 1947. The 50 years of devoted service to the nurse’s call gave her a staunch attitude to the world of health and healing. She is remembered by all as a caring and strong woman.
In 2013, she was asked to write her autobiography in six words and this is what she wrote, “From Lindbergh to Mars! Goodnight Nurse!”
She is survived by a stepson, Robert (and spouse Tracy), Cardington, Ohio: three sons: Douglas (and spouse Freda), Marengo, Ohio; Roger (and spouse Susan), Trenton, Ohio; and Brian (and spouse Joan), Brick, N.J.; one daughter, Brenda (and spouse David) Anweiler, Mentone; a sister, Loretta Miller, Springfield, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Norma Bowers, Northport, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a multitude of loved cousins, nieces, nephews, friends; and especially her dear Twisted Sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Floyd Jr.; and her step-grandson, Myron Clark.
“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed,” Proverbs 31:27-28a.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 at Mulberry Street Methodist Church, Mount Vernon, Ohio.
McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, was entrusted with arrangements.
Memorials to Mentone EMS and Fire Department, or Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska (RMHC), 5130 40th Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98105.
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