Hazel Bowe was born on Sept. 3, 1930, to Mart Porterfield and Nellie Belle Young Porterfield in Windsor, Mo. She passed away in Hood River, Ore. on June 23, 2015, with her children in attendance.
Hazel moved with her family to the Hood River Valley in the spring of 1937. They came because of the Dust Bowl in the Midwest. Mart had $25 in his pocket when they arrived and he went to work immediately with her two older brothers, Eugene and Leonard.
Hazel attended schools in Mount Hood and Parkdale and graduated from high school at age 16. She then attended Eastern Oregon College for one year and then spent a year in Portland working.
In 1949 she married Charles Stuart Bowe (Chuck). He was attending Willamette University on the GI Bill. Within the next four years Larry, Lindea and Marty joined the family.
Hazel has been an active and involved member of her community, always active in church guilds, and was a 50-year member of Beta Sigma Phi. She was also a volunteer at Providence Hood River and Providence Newberg Medical Centers.
The greatest joy of her life was as a wife, mother and grandmother and she was fabulous in those endeavors. Hazel always had a beautiful flowering landscape and was a wonderful cook.
Hazel is survived by her children: Larry (Kelly), Lindea (Ricky) and Marty (Wendy); her grandchildren: Travis Bowe, Taylor Tanner and Spencer Gray, and Aden Kirschner; and great-grandchildren Ryan Parker Bowe, Luke and Georgia Ryan Bowe; and her brothers Leonard and Scott Porterfield (Arlene).
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Chuck, her brother Eugene and his wife, Joyce Porterfield, and sister-in-law Gertrude Porterfield; and grandchildren Ryan Bowe and Olivia Ussery.
No flowers, please; remembrances are encouraged to be made to Hood River Rotary Club for the “Bowe Family Scholarship” or Hood River Community Education for the Ryan S. Bowe Scholarship.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 29, at Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Arrangements under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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