Mary LoRene Potter Bowman
Easter Sunday and the promise of the resurrection are especially meaningful this year. Early on Saturday, April 3, 2021, Mary LoRene Potter Bowman peacefully passed into eternity. Today, she is free from physical frailties and is reuniting with her husband, Grant Lamar Bowman, after nine years, laughing with her first granddaughter, Staci, after 19 years, hugging her daughter, Peggy, for the first time in 25 years, and holding her son, Steve, after a 56 year separation. What a wonderful family reunion!
Born on February 20, 1930, at her grandparents’ home up Dempsey Creek in Lava Hot Springs, ID, to Glen and Josephine Potter, LoRene became lifelong friends with her older sister, Ruth. Both girls would accompany their parents in performing at town dances; Glen on the accordion, Jo on the violin, and “old Mrs. Colburn” on the piano. When LoRene would get tired, her mother would lay her on the piano, and she would sleep the night away. So, it is no surprise that she loved music, playing the accordion, the omni chord, and singing.
LoRene grew up during the Great Depression and learned to “Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Do Without.” Her dad would take wheat to Arimo or Pocatello, ID, and trade for sacks of flour. After the flour was used up, her mom would make bloomers, petticoats, and--if the flour sack print was pretty--dresses. Sometimes they would have “Bannock Chief” on their underwear. Those experiences of frugality, grit, and ingenuity, served her and Grant well, moving from Lava to Connell, WA, and later, to Quincy, WA, trying to turn a dusty piece of desert ground into a fruitful farm. Once when the ditch broke and was washing out the field, LoRene sat in the break while Grant quickly shoveled dirt around her to repair the ditch bank.
LoRene was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even through times of crisis: losing a 14-year-old son to kidney cancer, an adult daughter and granddaughter, family heart-breaks, and some very difficult challenges with church leaders, when her faith was challenged, Grant and LoRene chose to be faithful to their covenants with Jesus Christ. For years, they honorably served each week in the Seattle Temple.
LoRene was happiest when her kids and grandkids were visiting, sharing family time, warm hugs, and good food like ham and potato romanoff.
She is survived by her children: Alan (Sue) Bowman; Brent Bowman; Julie Van Komen; son-in-law, Mike Jones; 22 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren with two more on the way; and sister, Joleen Tillotson.
Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, April 16, 2021, at the Church of Jesus Christ, 1101 2nd Ave. SE, Quincy, WA. Burial will be in the Quincy Cemetery next to her husband, Grant, and son, Steve.
Join us in celebrating her life. Online streaming will be available on either zoom or Facebook. Please check www.scharbachs.com for live streaming addresses. Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, WA, is assisting the family with arrangements.