NEW CARLISLE, Ind. – Anna Ruth Bowman, 90, of New Carlisle, Ind., formerly of Dixon, passed away at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, after an extended illness.
Anna was born June 8, 1923, in Union City, Tenn., the daughter of Alf and Alice (Coburn) Collins. She married Raymond W. Bowman on May 23, 1942, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death. The couple and their children spent several years serving as Lutheran missionaries in Nigeria, before returning to St. Louis, and eventually moving to northern Illinois.
Anna drove 100 miles round trip each day for 2 years to earn her bachelor’s degree in 1974 with honors from Northern Illinois University. Prior to that, she attended Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, where she received the Student Recognition Achievement Award in 1972. She later taught at Sauk Valley and substitute taught at Dixon High School, before substituting for District 186 and teaching English as a second language at Lawrence Adult Education Center, both in Springfield.
In 1989, Anna was awarded a Lindbergh Foundation grant to support the Grow-a-Tree Program at Trees for Life International in Wichita, Kan., where she served for several years as a volunteer.
Anna is survived by sons, Raymond (wife, Laurel) Phelps-Bowman of Rochester, Minn., Christopher (wife, Tami) Bowman of South Bend, Ind., and Ugo (wife, Julie) Okoro of Brookfield, Wis.; daughters, Kathryn (husband, George) Goeddey of Carrollton, Alice (husband, Bob) Hray of Joliet, Nancy (husband, Butch Sr.) Stilwell of Springfield, and Carolyn Bowman of Rochester; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She also was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.
Private family ceremonies and interment were at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home in Springfield handled arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Trees for Life International at www.treesforlife.org or 3006 W. St. Louis, Wichita, KS 67203.
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