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Marie Katherine Bowman, affectionately known as “Big Mama” by her grandchildren and great grandchildren was born March 12, 1929 in Lafayette, Louisiana. On Saturday, June 2, 2018, she received her wings and went to her heavenly home. She was 89.
Born to parents Mary Fejey and Ovey Fejey in 1929, Marie was born and raised in Louisiana. She was one of three children. Her family migrated to Houston, Texas. There she worked for several years as a cook at Jefferson Davis hospital and she bartended serving up “happiness in a glass”.
Marie relocated to Seattle, Washington in 1954 and married her sweetheart Earl Robert Bowman in 1955 and shortly thereafter they started their family.
She’s preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert, son Willie Lee Johnson, sister Theresa May White and brother Ira Fejey.
Marie leaves behind to cherish her beautiful memory, her three children – daughter, Mary E. Lewis, daughter Patricia Bowman-Hill (Jessie) and son Earl Ira Bowman. Marie also leaves behind loving nieces and nephews from Houston, Texas - Patricia Henderson Smith, Ralph Fejey White, Vernos White Roy, Bernos White Roy, Norman White Jr. and Kimberley White Morris. Marie will be fondly remembered by her 14 grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.
Marie was a lady of “pure joy”. She enjoyed her vast family including her extended family and her many friends. She loved cooking, she enjoyed a good laugh along with her morning cup of coffee and she was very uplifting to others during their time of need and in spite of her afflictions. Marie was an affectionate caregiver; she enjoyed playing card games like bid whist and loved music.
She had a love affair with her daytime soap operas – “All My Children” and “Young & the Restless”, along with popular TV shows like “Law & Order”. She was a fan of the Lifetime Network and loved their programming. She was a devout catholic and had an amazing relationship with the Lord. She attended Berean as often as she could until her health declined. She then took to TV ministries each and every Sunday watching TD Jakes Ministries and the Bobby Jones Gospel Show.
She would give her last and go without and in times of need she would help others, a woman with big shoulders that you could lean on. Our matriarch has transitioned and now passes on her torch to the remaining seeds of present and future.
Marie was nothing but pure grace – she will be forever in our hearts.