Friday, May 6, 2016

Obituary: Betty J. Bowker, 83, Nile

NILE - Betty J. Bowker, 83, of 7230 County Road 1, passed away Wednesday (May 4, 2016) at her home following a brief illness. Born on Nov. 19, 1932, in Rome, she was the daughter of Cleo L. and Margaret S. Hutchings Compton. On Oct. 25, 1950, in the First Baptist Church of Friendship, she married Harold V. Bowker, who survives. Betty had resided most of her life in the Nile area. She came to Friendship from Angelica when she was only 2 years old. She was a 1950 graduate from Friendship Central School. She raised her family for the next many years alongside her husband, Harold. For 15 years she worked at AVX Corp. in Olean. She enjoyed riding horses, traveling, watching TV and anything outdoors. Of all the things she loved, her family came first, spending time with them and doing for them. Betty was a member of the Friendship First Baptist Church, later the United Church of Friendship; The Musical Literary Club of Friendship; and the former Friendship Red Hats. Surviving besides her husband, Harold, are two sons, Timothy J. (Lori) Bowker of Nile and David B. (Pearl) Bowker of Little Genesee; two daughters, Lynn Yvonne (Donald) Gross of Freedom and Terri Lee Garmong of Friendship; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Michael Dean Bowker and Russell Dean Bowker. A memorial visitation and funeral service will be held in the near future at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship. An announcement as to the date and time will be printed later. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship. Memorials may be made to the Friendship Free Library or the Allegany County HomeCare & Hospice, 118 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895. Online condolences for the family may be expressed by visiting