Mary Ann Jones Bowers
December 29, 1910 ~ February 7, 2002
Mary Ann Jones Bowers died Thursday, February 7 at Boyles Manor Adult Board & Care in Gore, WV. She was born in Struthers, Ohio on December 29, 1910 to John J.and Teresa Korherr Jones. She grew up in Weirton, West Virginia, and graduated from Weir High School in 1929 with training in clerical/secretarial skills.
She was married on September 2, 1933 to Samuel Claud Bowers at St. Pauls Church in Weirton. He died in 1971. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Thomas Jones, and George Jones both from Weirton and a sister, Sarah Radcliffe who was from Rochester, Pa.
One sister, Katherine Kane survives in Bridgeport, Pa. Her only son, James L. Bowers and his wife, Karen reside in Salem, WV. Mrs. Bowers has one grandson, J. Randall Bowers and three great granddaughters: Jami, Nicole and Randi Marie Bowers who live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She also has a granddaughter, Rochelle Ann Slator and three great grandchildren, Andrew, Brystal and Nathan Slator in New Philadelphia, Ohio.
Mrs. Bowers lived the bulk of her life in Weirton on Pennsylvania Avenue. After her high school graduation, she worked for the sheriff of Hancock County and later for a real estate office and finally for a travel bureau while she did taxes on the side. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church and held membership in various church and community groups. Mrs. Bowers was recognized for the donated hours of helping senior citizens with tax problems.
In contrast to her professional work, Mary was famous in the family and neighborhood for her exceptional ability at baking pies. She once enjoyed the companionship of friends around the bridge table. In later years the bridge game was replaced by good conversation and stories about her growing up in Weirton. She was a member and officer of the Three Score Senior Citizens organization in Weirton. Her father, brothers, and husband all worked in the Weirton Steel, as did her son for a while. Weirton and the Steel community was home.
In 1981 Mary moved to Salem to be near her son. She belonged to Sacred Heart Church and its organization of Christian Mothers. For the past three years Mary resided in a personal care home, where Beverly Boyles became her trusted friend and care giver. Mary's relatives will always be grateful to Beverly and the staff at Boyles Manor for their kindness and understanding. The staff and other residents became extended family.
Father Peter Giannamore remained her spiritual advisor to the end. He will conduct the funeral Mass on Friday at 12:00 pm at St. Joseph Worker Church in Weirton.
Mary Ann Bowers will be interred next to her husband in St. Paul cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Sacred Heart Parish in Salem
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Jim Am sorry to see the loss of your mother, although she lived to a ripe old age. I remember us laughing as you told me about her driving to West Union in that 65 Chev and getting on the wrong road. Hope all is well. Your former neighbor.