Betty Bowen

unknown - November 22, 2011

Betty Bowen, age 79, of Jefferson City, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2011. She was born July 22, 1932, the daughter of Clifton H. and Oleta (Ray) Rozell. She had married and survived two husbands, John C. Bowen and Cecil B. Lewis. Attending Northeastern State University, NSU, Betty earned her Bachelors of Science degree in education. She also attended Drury college for additional instruction. While at NSU she was a violinist in the University Orchestra. She was the first female concert mistress in the history of Northestern State University. Betty worked as a Functional Unit Manager for the Missouri Dept. Of Corrections retiring in May 1997. Previously she had worked at Fordland Honor Camp and Renz Correctional Center. Betty has also worked in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas as an educator in a one of the last one-room school houses before state consolidation of all one-room schools. She had also been employed as a councilor. She enjoyed reading, watching movies, playing the violin, listening to classical music, shopping, cooking, enjoying her pets, and being with family. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the Missouri Corrections Association, a member of the Baptist church, and the wife of a Baptist Minister. She is survived by children: Sharon R. Coldwell and husband Bobby of Tahlequah, Okla., John W. Bowen and wife Mary of Holts Summit, Mo., and Clifton S. Bowen and wife Debbie also of Holts Summit, Mo.; two sisters: Jeanetta (Rozell) Arnett and her husband Paul, and Bobby (Rozell) Covey; five grandchildren, four great- grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives, friends, and loved ones. She was preceded in death by two husbands, and two sisters, Juanita (Rozell) Dorsett and Sharon Rozell. Funeral services were held Friday, November 25, 2011, in the Tahlequah City Cemetery, Tahlequah, Okla. Rev. John Lee of Park Hill Baptist Church officiated. Interment followed under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

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