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Mary Ellen Bowen

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Nov. 7, 1939 - March 19, 2021

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Mary Ellen Bowen passed away on March 19, 2021.

Memorial will be held on Sunday May 23, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at Liberty Chapel, 269 Old Milledgeville Rd, Eatonton, GA.

Mary grew up on a dairy farm near Eatonton, Georgia, the daughter of Jubral Ward and Minnie Greer Holloway. After attending Putnam County High School, she pursued a degree in nursing at Emory University’s Crawford Long Hospital and then worked for thirty years as an RN for Rubicon Chemical in Geismar, Louisiana. In 1961, Mary married Leonard Cole, with whom she had two children, Jeffrey David Cole and Liesa Rebecca Cole. Following divorce, she remarried to Ira Jerry Bowen. A passionate supporter of LSU athletics, a Cajun cuisine aficionado, and grower of the sweetest Meyer lemons in the South.

Mary is remembered now with gentleness by her siblings, Anne, Bennie, Jubral, Johnny, and Jimmy Holloway; her two children, Jeffrey and Liesa Cole; her three grandchildren, Gabrielle Bates, Brennan Cole, and Cole Hall; and the community with which she worshipped at Liberty Chapel in Eatonton, Georgia.