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Carrie O. Walbridge Bowers
February 8, 1862–December 20, 1936
Mrs. Carrie Bowers, beloved wife of Charles Bowers, died at the home in Anamosa on Sunday evening, December 20, at the age of 74 years. Her last sickness came to one over frail by physical weakness, and the fear that any serious illness would end a life of many years, and one filled by kindness and great devotion was justified.
Mrs. Bowers was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walbridge, the father was a Civil War veteran, and the family were of pioneer stock, moving from New York State to Cedar County, Iowa, in 1868, later moving to Cass Twp. Carrie Walbridge was born in Herkimer County, New York State on February 8, 1862. She was united in marriage to Chas. Bowers of Cass, November 1, 1880. The golden wedding anniversary was observed at the home in Anamosa in 1930, and at this date the couple had walked the way of life together for over fifty-six years. The way has been long, but it has been one of increasing pleasure and contentment, and the breaking of this tie of affection will be deeply felt by the bereaved husband who for many years has tried to make the way of life a little easier for the one he loved so deeply.
Deceased spent eighteen years of her early married life with her husband in Kansas but in 1901 the couple came back to Anamosa to live and this place has been their home for twenty-five years.
There were no children born to Mr. and Mrs. Bowers, but out of their love for children, a baby girl was adopted, who grew up in the home and became a beloved daughter to them, and who is now Mrs. Harley Snyder, who with her husband, Harley, one of Anamosa's successful dairymen, and their two daughters, Geraldine and Irene, together with many nephews and nieces are left to mourn the death of one much beloved.
Funeral services were held from the Loder Funeral home on Wednesday, December 23, at 2 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Green accompanied by Mrs. L. A. Miller at the piano sang the requested songs, "Beautiful Isle" and "We'll Never Say Goodbye."
The Pall bearers were: Messrs, D. A. Downing, Frank Richards, Dan Stivers, Dan James, Ernie Ruhl, and Will Strawman. Interment was made at Riverside Cemetery. The Rev. Harry D. Green, was the officiating clergyman.

Transcribed by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: The Anamosa Journal, 24 December 1936

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