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Carol Bowers

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Carol J. Bowers age 89 of New Hampton, IA, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at the New Aldaya Lifescapes Center in Cedar Falls. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church, New Hampton with Pastor Candraeah Carey presiding. Interment will be in the Alcock Cemetery, rural Tripoli. Friends may greet the family beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. Funeral arrangements are with Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Carol Joan Bowers was born July 1, 1927, near Sumner, IA, the daughter of Roy and Edith (Flood) Rathbone. She was the seventh of eight children in her family. She received her education in Sumner and graduated from the Sumner High School in 1944. Carol began working for the former Rath Packing Company, Waterloo, in 1944 as a secretary and worked there for four years. On June 29, 1947, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, she married Lyle L. Bowers. Lyle and Carol owned and operated the local State Farm Agency and Carol was the secretary for 38 years. She will be remembered for her hard work and knowledge of the business. The couple enjoyed wintering in Arizona for 20 years, the time on their houseboat on the Mississippi, playing cards and spending time with her family and friends. She and Lyle delivered Meals On Wheels for many years and continued following the death of Lyle in 1999. She will be most remembered for her kind heart and willingness to help those in need. Memberships included the First United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star and the Methodist Women’s Group. Survivors include one son, Cy Bowers of New Hampton; two daughters, Linda (Chuck) Skillen of Cedar Falls, Deborah (Bob) Fett of Elma; seven grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Robert Rathbone of Waverly; one sister, Patricia Schedtler of Sumner. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lyle on September 24, 1999; one brother, Albert Rathbone; four sisters, Lucille Jarchow, Mercedes Campbell, Edith Nielsen and Betty Levey.

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  1. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services created a video in memory of Carol J. Bowers

  2. Our deepest sympathy to the Bowers family. Your Mom was such a sweet soul when we visited at church, always friendly and smiling. Keep all your treasured memories close to your heart always. Sincerely, Dave and Terry Utterback

  3. To the family Carol, Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. I looked forward to every Friday when I would do your mom’s hair. We had lots of laughs and great times. She was not just a customer but a dear friend. She loved her family and will be missed. God be with you.

  4. Carol was a very kind parishioner and friend. Always welcoming, very friendly and faithful. She will be missed by many people. I am thankful to have known her and have enjoyed time with her. You are all in our prayers at New Hampton UMC. Pastor Candraeah Carey

  5. To all Carol’s family… Carol was an amazing neighbor to have. She loved to sneak treats on my steps,,, She always loved watching the children play…. Alex always loved to visit with her…. I will always remember her as a giant hearted lady…..

  6. Steve, Rick Seelhammer Family, Brenda Bartz Family, Jack Seelhammer Family purchased the Divine Peace Bouquet for the family of Carol J. Bowers.

  7. To the Bowers family – what a great lady Carol was. Such a kind and gentle spirit. She and Lyle shared so much time with Audrey and Delbert, it seemed like they were family. Our condolences to all – Rachel (Field) Haley for all

  8. I had the pleasure of caring for Carol in her home for a year and a half before she entered the nursing home. She was an absolute joy to work with. A true lady in every sense of the word. You will be missed by many Ms Carol..:heart: Jana and Shi Shi :heart:

  9. Carol always had little gifts for Alex through out the year!!! He loved going to see her and she would always light up when he visited!!! She was and always will be an amazing woman!!!! We love you Carol!!!

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