Genevieve K. Bowman
Forever would not have been long enough ...
Surrounded with love, Genevieve "Genny" Kay Bowman was taken to her heavenly home on Sept. 16, 2019 from a rare form of leukemia. Genny was born on March 16, 1935 in Lansing to Clifford and Faith Scarborough.
She was predeceased by her parents; her five siblings, Mary Jane, Elaine, Joseph, Philip and Peggy; and her granddaughter, Angela.
In 1966 Genny married the love of her life, Richard Bowman, who predeceased her in 2005. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
During her lifetime, she saw and experienced so much, including the Great Depression, the emergence of women's rights and wartime separation from her husband. In 1978 she suffered, and completely recovered from, a massive stroke, showing all of those around her what it meant to be strong and determined.
Together with her husband, who served in the U.S. Air Force, they lived in Colorado, Germany, Minnesota and finally, Michigan, where they worked side by side at Bowman's Sport Shop in Beulah. She loved each of her jobs along life's journey but especially loved her career as a very successful real estate agent with Century 21 in Beulah.
In the winter she enjoyed snowmobiling to the Sportsman's Club, where she would help serve up the weekend breakfast. She also loved fishing, hunting for morel mushrooms and simple walks to the outlet.
Genny was patient, loving and kind as she raised her family and could always be heard singing her favorite songs. Most of all though, Genny loved people. She adored her six children, their spouses and all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. To those of us lucky enough to have been on the receiving end of her love, she gave it unconditionally and whole-heartedly. She had an enormous heart and shared it with everyone.
After the death of her husband, she considered herself so very lucky to have found love and happiness with her partner, Jim Buzzell. Genny loved reading, sharing her books with anyone who would swap with her and traveling to many places around the world. She also loved gardening and simply walking through, and enjoying, her many varieties of flowers.
She served on the local tax board, worked the elections and volunteered for years as the secretary of her church.
Genny leaves behind her children and their spouses, Robert and Suan (Nutnook) Miller, Mike and Gail (Bowman) Jones, Linda (Bowman) Ponte, Doug and Cheryl (Brown) Bowman, Shonna Bowman and Troy and Kari (Bowman) Zapolski. She also leaves her grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; her partner, Jim Buzzell; and many, many friends.
The family invites you to join in a celebration of Genny's life on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at the Benzonia Congregational Church. Visitation begins at noon, with the funeral following at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Benzonia Township Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the family for a bench in her memory. We imagine she would have loved to sit on the bench and talk to everyone who happened to walk by. Donations may also be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The family is being served by Jowett Family Funeral Home.
Published on September 19, 2019


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Jeannie Knudsen
Sep 22, 2019
Sincere condolences to her family. She was such a lovely person inside & out. Always kind & gentle spoken re everyone. She was a true blessing to Benzie County & will truly be missed ❤
Phil Scarborough, Jr & Rona Landfield
Sep 20, 2019
Rona and I send our regards and condolences to Jim, and our aunt Genny's wonderful family.
Sep 19, 2019
Sweetest Sunrise Bouquet was purchased for the family of Genevieve K. Bowman.  Send flowers
Melissa “Lissa” Johnson Wilding
Sep 19, 2019
Genny (“Mrs. Bowman” to us kids on Mankato Street in Duluth, MN) was so kind and loving to all of us kids. I still remember the day you all were moving to Michigan. The whole neighborhood came out to bid you all farewell. There were lots of tears. She used to call my sister Gretchen “Itsy Bitsy” and I just remember having so much fun playing hide and seek with Carrie and hanging out at her house. We also enjoyed a trip to stay with you all in Beulah, MI and I remember sliding down the sand dunes so well! Fond memories from long ago. May God Bless her and welcome her into His loving embrace. My sincere sympathy and love to Carrie and the rest of your family.
Susan Westcott
Sep 19, 2019
I did not know Genny well but I knew her enough to know she was a lovely lady. My sympathies to her family.
Mary Andrick
Sep 19, 2019
Thinking of you Gail and your family. I remember her through your words of admiration and love. God Bless.
Mary Waters
Sep 19, 2019
Such a beautiful, special lady. Condolences to the family.
Steven and Linda Scarborough
Sep 19, 2019
Genny and Jim joined us at our Wedding in 2014
Steve Scarborough
Sep 19, 2019
Secret Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Genevieve K. Bowman by Steve Scarborough.  Send flowers
Linda and Steven Scarborough
Sep 19, 2019
Our amazing Aunt, we will miss you so...
Toni Sherman
Sep 19, 2019
Love's Tapestry was purchased for the family of Genevieve K. Bowman by Toni Sherman.  Send flowers
Bob Buzzell
Sep 19, 2019
Gracious Lavender Basket was purchased for the family of Genevieve K. Bowman by Bob Buzzell.  Send flowers
Diane Sayles
Sep 19, 2019
Dear Kari,
I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She sounds like a woman who lived life to the fullest with joy.
Please accept my sympathies to you and your family.
Mary Lynn & Steve Buzzell
Sep 19, 2019
Genny was such a wonderful woman and we feel Blessed to have met her. She was so easy to talk to and she shared so many stories of her life and her family with us. She was upbeat and just a lovely person. Our condolences to her family and to our Uncle Jim, who lost a beautiful ray of sunshine in his life.