Madeline Bowman

MADELINE MARIE BOWMAN (nee) Edwards  April 28 1925 – July 4 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of our Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great Great Grandmother,  Aunt and Best Friend.

Madeline died peacefully at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance after becoming ill on the Sunday July 1st.  Madeline was cared for with compassion and love by her family and nurses at CKHA.  Madeline left this world as gracefully as she lived it and we feel she chose the 4th of July to make her exit so that we would always celebrate her memory with fireworks and fun!  Madeline was one of God’s finest creations; she was loved dearly by her family and friends. This woman was and will always be everyone’s favorite person!  Madeline spent her days caring for others, she believed there was no such thing as strangers, they were just friends that she had not met yet. Madeline made a house into a home full of love.  All who entered her home were greeted with a smile, hug and something to eat. Madeline could be found baking pies, preparing delicious meals, playing a game of scrabble or Mr. Do or at the church praying the rosary with her friends.  

In Madeline’s younger years she worked as a seamstress making gloves for WWII, a cafeteria lady with her sisters and helped raise her siblings, niece and her grandchildren.  Madeline’s zest for life inspired her to be adventurous. Often Madeline would surprize her children or grandchildren with a spur of the moment outing to the beach with a picnic after church or a chance to win at bingo with a family member or friend.  The drive time to anywhere (whether it was the grocery store or Boblo Island) was filled with singing her favorite songs like “The Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy” “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey, and a lively chorus of ”Katie”. It was never a boring ride and a lot of fun.  Madeline loved the beach and camping. Her love of the colour pink was a great reason for the purchasing a pink tent! Camping in a pink tent was so much fun she stayed in it with 3 kids for 28 days every summer!

Madeline was not a typical Grandmother!  Madeline’s grandchildren always said she was the hippest happening, coolest Grama ever because she rode the rides at Boblo, had a ghetto blaster, leather jacket and loved playing video games!  

Madeline was a member of the Moose Lodge for over 50 years and enjoyed the mother and daughter banquets that she attended along with the evenings of partying it up and dancing on Saturday nights.  

Madeline was very committed to her catholic faith from the time she was born.  She was very active in the CWL and brought God into the lives of her children and grandchildren.  Madeline is one of two God Mother’s to her Great Grandson Jacob. Madeline loved to pray the rosary and enjoyed a rosary prayer group on Wednesdays, Thursdays and attending adoration on the first Friday of the month with her friends and Granddaughter Jill.  Madeline was a parishioner at Our Lady of Victory, St Agnes, Blessed Sacrament and St Ursula’s parishes.

Madeline was the daughter of the late Samuel and Gertrude Edwards.  Wife of the late Ken Bowman. Madeline is survived by her daughters, Janet Paine, Sandra MacDonald husband Gordon and son Michael Bowman (Sandy Dye).

Cherished Grandmother of Elizabeth Mortele (Robert), Randy Paine, Jessica Bowman (Craig), Vanessa Labrecque, Shane Desrosiers and Jill LaRue-Addy (Duane).

Great Grandmother to Alyssa, Kirsten (John), Madison, Faith, Paige, Nicole, Dylan, Kai, Maddox, Tylie, Christian, Milania, Ryder and Jake.

Great Great Grandmother to Sierra, Hailey, Charlotte and Kaia.

Madeline was predeceased by brothers William Edwards, Clifford Edwards, Kenny Edwards, sisters Louise Scane, Ruby Ryan, Elsie Somers, Sophie Markowski, and Bonnie (Bernadette) Horton.

Although Madeline lost her mother at a very young age, she took on motherhood like she wrote the book on it.  Madeline grew into being the finest Mother, Grandmother and Friend that anyone could ever wish for. Madeline always said “Do not cry when I am gone, I am in a much better place than you!  I want you to live, laugh and love. Have a party because I will be in heaven!”

Cremation has taken place.  A funeral mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Chatham at 10:00 am Saturday July 21st 2018, beginning with praying the Rosary and Divine Mercy, at Madeline’s request at 9:30 am. Madeline loved animals so in lieu of flowers please make a donation to the new animal shelter or Covenant House on her behalf.

19 Comments on “Madeline Bowman”

  1. My sympathies to all the family members in the loss of such a wonderful woman. Madeline definitely enjoyed life, family and friends and her smiles, laughter and hospitality will be missed. Truly a christian woman and an example for all of us. May she rest in peace and may all your precious memories bring you comfort and peace………Fran

  2. To The Family.
    She was a delight to know always a smile .She will be missed .
    My thought and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time
    . Sincerely Dianne Thompson

  3. My deepest sympathy to Madeline’s family . I was in the rosary group with her, Sandy and Gord on Wed’s nights in the chapel at St Joseph’s . My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time .Hugs Jessie.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. She lived until she was 93 yrs old and kept her sense of humour until she went into a coma. She kept the staff and occupants of the Blenheim Community Village very amused. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to anyone. What a kind loving atmosphere for mom to have made her home for the past 2 yrs. It was so good to hear from you Jessie. May God Bless You

  4. When I first moved to Chatham, she was my fist landlady with her husband Ken They were the best you could ask for. They made you feel welcome. YvonnenNelmes

  5. My sympathies goes out to you Janet and your family Your Mom was the kindest lady I’ve ever known I know how close u were to her sending lots of hugs ❤️ Sherry and Mike

  6. Our heart felt condolences go to all of Madeline’s family. Janet, I was so sorry to hear the news of your mom passing, unfortunately i will not be able to attend the service but sending our thoughts and prayer to your family.
    Norm & Cindy ((Braithwaite) Dunlop

  7. Our heart felt condolences go to all of Madeline’s family. Janet, I was so sorry to hear the news of your mom passing, unfortunately i will not be able to attend the service but sending our thoughts and prayers to your family.
    Norm & Cindy ((Braithwaite) Dunlop

  8. Janet, Sandy and Mike, our deepest sympathies go out to You and your family. Fond memories of Madeline, will stay in our hearts, as she will be remembered for her kind, generous and happy nature. Our thoughts are with you.

    Neil and Linda (Braithwaite) Gemmell

  9. My condolences Sandy to you and your family. Will keep you in my thoughts. She was cherished by all of you!

  10. Dear Janet and family
    Sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Looks like she had quite the life, with so many adventures, fun times with grand-kids and family in general. It also sounds like she did lots of time sharing with so many avenues and volunteering. She has surely been granted qwith her wings.
    Again our most deepest sympathies.

    Norm & Linda Lachapelle

  11. Richard and I are so sorry of the passing of your Mother she always wanted me to call her Madeline I could never disrespect her by calling her that she certainly was a special lady loved her funny sense of humour she will be missed by her grandchildren and her children sending love to you all

  12. Sandy, Janet and Mike and families. Your mom was a a precious lady and so much fun. Always smiling and great sense of humour. Loved her lots. Terry and Connie Abel.

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