Florence D. Bowen died peacefully Sept. 14, four days shy of her 99th birthday.
Florence was born Sept. 18, 1915, to Arthur and Maude Dickson in Beaumont, Calif. She was raised in Yuma, Ariz. along with two brothers and a twin sister. She attended Pasadena Junior College where she met her future husband, Oliver, at the United Methodist Church. She attended U.C. Berkeley, graduating with a degree in botany and a teaching credential in 1940. She taught for a year at Yuma High School before being forced to resign when she married Oliver in 1941. Florence and Oliver were married for 59 years.
The couple first lived in Monrovia, where their son Stephen was born in 1942. Florence managed the home front when Oliver went to war in 1944. The family moved to the Bay Area in 1947. They settled and raised their family with two additional boys, Norman and Eric, in Walnut Creek. They retired to the Santa Cruz Mountains above Watsonville in 1974.
In 2001, after Oliver’s death, Florence moved to Alameda where she remade her life with new friends, her church, several bridge groups, the Adelphian Club, the Hospitality Club and the American Association of University Women.
Throughout their life together, Florence and Oliver traveled extensively to visit archeological sites in Latin America and to discover wild flora and fauna in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
Florence took great pride in the accomplishments of her children, to whom she dedicated so much of her early married life. She was equally proud of her talented grandchildren. In recent years she found great joy in the growing number of charming great-grandchildren.
Florence was a dedicated and active United Methodist. In Pasadena, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Watsonville and Alameda, the church was the conduit for her life of faith and community service. She taught Sunday school, held lay leadership positions and was active in United Methodist Women. She attributed her longevity to living one day at a time and accepting what life has to offer.
Florence is survived by her sons: Stephen Bowen (Isa) of Miami, Norman Bowen (Patricia) of Alameda; her grandchildren: Kristy (Andrew), Eric (Cari), Martin (Claudia), Steve (Denise), and Thomas Bowen; and her great-grandchildren: Noah, Veronica, Helen, Adalyn and Christian.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Twin Towers United Methodist Church, 1411 Oak St. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Nature Conservancy or to the Twin Towers United Methodist Church.
For further information, contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director FDR-745.
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Alice Jane Guinn (Conklin) (Wootten) Turegano passed away September 13, 2014. She was born in Portland OR on June 2, 1921, to David and Hazel Guinn. Raised in Fossil OR, Alice graduated from Wheeler High in 1939, attended Oregon State University for 1 quarter, then married Harvey Conklin (Fossil) and later Whitey Wootten (Alameda CA).
Alice is survived by two sons: Harvey (Barbara) Conklin (Portland) and David (Jean) Conklin (College Place WA), 5 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. From a later marriage to Joe Turegano Sr. she is survived by 5 step children (Joan, Gloria, Richard, Robert and Roger), 6 step grandchildren and many step great-grandchildren.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Alan Guinn and Barbara Guinn Dyer and her late husband Joe.
Alice moved to the Bay Area in 1943. She retired from the Alameda Naval Air Station and she was a longtime member of BPOE. In her earlier years she enjoyed golfing, playing cards and following youth baseball.
In 2012 she moved to Eagle Meadows Assisted Living in College Place WA; there she was known for her smile and for kidding and teasing. Though she will be missed by many, she is now at home with her Heavenly Father.
Alice requested no memorial service. She asked that remembrances be sent to Heart For Hope (a non-profit foundation which helps the less fortunate), 745 W Quince, Hermiston OR 97838. Ashes will be interred in Fossil IOOF Cemetery and Oakland Mountain View Cemetery.
Elaine passed away quietly in her sleep. She is preceded in death by her devoted husband, Clifford Mirick, and her loving daughter, Sandra Wittusen. She is survived by three grandchildren: Andrew Wittusen of Utah, Nicole Blackburn (nee Sproles) of Ohio and Heather Woods of California, as well as eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by her great niece, Jamie Reilly of Alameda, who was her constant support system, confidant and companion.
Elaine was a native Alamedan who adored her El-Cliff Chateau on Bethel Island. She loved gardening, swimming and golfing. She never missed her weekly Mah Jongg games.
There will be no services per her wishes. In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial donation to your favorite charity.
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