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Born: August 30, 1922

Death: January 20, 2009

Mary Elizabeth Bowman

August 30, 1922 - January 20, 2009

Mary Elizabeth Bowman
Birth & Death Dates:
08/30/1922 - 01/20/2009
MARY ELIZABETH BRODERICK BOWMAN, wife of State Senator John T. Bowman of Macomb County, Michigan, deceased this life on January 20, 2009. Most recently, she had been a resident at Mesa Vista, an assisted living community in Boulder, Colorado. She was eighty six years of age.Mary was born in Detroit, Michigan, on the 30th of August, 1922, the only daughter of parents Russell Dalton Broderick and Katherine Elizabeth Omand Broderick of Detroit. She was a granddaughter of Robert Frank Broderick and Harriet Ann Baker Broderick of Trenton, Michigan, and a granddaughter of Robert Frank Omand and Mary Russell Hanes Omand of Winnipeg, Canada. Mary was proud of her fatherís Irish ancestry and her motherís Canadian ancestry. On one vacation, she was able to tour an area of Ireland where the Broderick name was very prominent. She was preceded in death by her husband, State Senator John T. Bowman, by parents and grandparents, and by her only brother, Russell Broderick of Roseville. Her beloved brother, Russell, was killed in an accident in Okinawa while serving his country as a career soldier, and he was honored for his service to his country by being buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Mary is survived by her only daughter, Darelle Joyce Bowman McCall of Longmont, Colorado, and her only granddaughter, Courtney Elizabeth Katherine McCall of Boulder, Colorado. She and John had an everlasting and infinite love for Darelle and Courtney, and they kept in touch almost every day. Her life was exemplary in that it showed that a motherís love endures forever. Soon after her birth, Mary was baptised at Campbell Avenue Methodist Church in Detroit, the same Church where her parents had been married. She and her brother Russell attended public schools in Detroit where she was a majorette in her high school band. After graduating from high school, Mary married boyfriend John Thomas Bowman, a son of Grady and Alice Bowman of Roseville. John and Mary were married on the 23rd of November, 1940, in Angola, Indiana. She was 18 and he was 19. They had been childhood friends when her family lived near his family in Detroit. She and her husband, John, were married for 64 years. As a housewife, Mary supported her husband John in his career as a public servant. When he was a Justice of the Peace, she assisted him in numerous weddings that were performed at their first home on Connecticut Street in Roseville. Later, she stood by his side when John was elected a State Representative from Roseville, and then a State Senator from Macomb County. He served in the state legislature for twenty two years. Because of Johnís Tennessee roots, he was nicknamed ďDavy CrockettĒ Bowman by his fellow legislators. He was popular in the State Senate, and he served as President Pro Tempore. He was a Democrat, and his success in the Senate was due partly to his ability to bridge the aisle and bring Democrats and Republicans together to form a majority coalition that enabled compromise bills to be passed.John was known for his opposition to the City of Detroitís tax on suburban commuters, an unfair levy placed on Macomb County residents who worked in Detroit. John labeled the Detroit tax as taxation without representation, and the bill to make this tax illegal, known as the Bowman Bill, passed both houses of the state legislature before it was vetoed by Governor John Swainson. During his political career, Mary accompanied her husband at numerous social and political functions, including gatherings in Detroit, Lansing and Mackinac Island. During these years, she stood by his side, participated in his campaigns, and encouraged him in his work. Following an unsuccessful bid for Congress, John opened Bowman and Associates, a public relations firm in Lansing. Again, Mary assisted her husband through her support. After he retired, they moved to Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, where they built their dream home adjacent to the fairway for the third green at the Druid Hills Golf Course. Both Mary and John were avid golfers and their love for the game kept them active, healthy, and young in spirit until his heart attack in the spring of 2004. Her husbandís death in the winter of 2005 also was devastating for Mary. Her health declined during the following year. Then, an illness in the summer of 2006 forced her to move to a healthcare facility, and later to an assisted living community. She will be missed by her friends and relatives. Our loss is heavenís gain. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2009 in the Oak Chapel at Cadillac Memorial Cemetery, prior to interment. Rev. Ken Whittaker, a nephew, will preside at the service. Any donation of flowers in memory of Mary should be sent to the funeral home no later than 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on Monday, January 26, 2009.
Service at 2:00pm on Monday, January 26th at:
Cadillac Memorial East Cemetery, Oak Chapel
38425 Garfield
Clinton Township, Michigan (map)
Cadillac Memorial Gardens East
38245 Garfield Road
Clinton Township, Michigan 48038 (map)
Kaul Funeral Home (Roseville)
27830 Gratiot
Roseville, MI 48066 (map)

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