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Doris Irene Bowen, 91, of Ft. Myers, a past resident of Captiva and Sanibel Islands, died at home on September 11, 2019.
She was born in Independence, Kansas on February 25, 1928 to Paul and Bertha Holmes and was one of five sisters, one of whom survives her. She worked as a court reporter for the District and Probate Courts of Montgomery County, Kansas.
She moved to Mason City where she married Sidney R. Bowen and worked with him at The Bowen Corporation. Doris worked as the corporation secretary and as a certified blaster for their Quarry Service Co. subsidiary.
In 1986 she and Sid retired and moved permanently to Captiva. When he died in 1993, she continued to live on the islands until 2005 when she moved to Ft. Myers.
On Captiva she volunteered at the Captiva Library, as a trustee of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Association, on the board of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District, and as a director of the Captiva Island Yacht Club. She will be remembered for her love of gardening and pride in maintaining her property on Captiva.
Doris is survived by her daughter The Rev. Virginia Sue Padzieski and husband Robert of Grand Marais, Minnesota; her stepdaughter Dr. Anne Bowen and husband Dr. Steve Jackson of Tuscon, Arizona; her stepson Sidney Bowen and wife Angela Watson of Paradise Valley, Arizona; two step-grandchildren Gardiner and Coleman Bowen; sister Donna Borntrager of Burrton, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her husband and three sisters.
Upon her wishes, and there will not be a public memorial service and her ashes will be scattered with those of her husband. Any memorials may be made to Sanibel Captiva Conservation Association of Sanibel, Florida.