Betty Bowman

Betty Bowman

Thursday, May 27th, 1926 Monday, November 25th, 2019

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Obituary for Betty Lorraine Bowman (Ruggles)

Betty Lorraine Bowman
May 27, 1926 – November 25, 2019

Betty was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Benjamin and Pearl Ruggles, the fourth of nine children.
In 1936 her parents loaded up the 1929 Buick Special with the seven kids, a few belongings and headed west. They camped along the way until they arrived at Silverton, Oregon where they settled. In 1940 they moved to Dallas, Oregon where she graduated high school.
1946 saw her marriage to Thomas K. Bowman. In 1953 Tom and Betty purchased Lee’s Camp, Oregon (a fishing camp on the Wilson River Highway) and while there, Betty managed the restaurant, grocery store and served as postmistress for the community. In 1959 the family moved back to Dallas where Betty held jobs at Harris Cleaners, Tracys and Blue Lake Canneries, and later worked for the State of Oregon from which she retired. She worked hard and played hard. She was a lady that knew how to have a good time and enjoy life.
Betty loved babies, ocean beaches, sunshine, trees, wildflowers, a glass of wine, and most of all her family. She had a sense of style both in herself and her home. She never left the house looking anything but her best and her home décor was beautiful yet still comfortable.
She was an avid traveler. She and Tom traveled to Australia, New Guinea, Fiji, Tasmania, St. Kitts and many locations in Mexico. After Tom’s passing, she and her best friend Lowaine Pruett visited Turkey, Greece and China.
She was preceded in death by parents Ben and Pearl Ruggles, husband Tom Bowman, siblings Dorothy Davenport, Leslie Ruggles, Wilma Rowell, Elaine Praegitzer, William Ruggles and James Ruggles.
She is survived by sisters Elsie Rice, Janet Stephenson, sons Thomas Bowman, Leslie Rowell, daughters Nancy Petersen, Lori Rowell, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be Sunday, December 1st at 1PM at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private interment will be in Dallas Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Polk County Historical Society, Delbert Hunter Arboretum, Sable House or Willamette Valley Hospice in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center who is caring for the family. To share a memory to

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    Sunday, December 1st, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center
    287 SW Washington St.
    Dallas, OR
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    Sunday, December 1st, 2019
  • Interment

    Dallas Cemetery
    Address Not Available

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Brandi Bowman

Wish I could be there with everyone to remember Grandma! You are all in my heart and thoughts, always. I love you all!
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