Vivian Marie Bowen


Vivian , 79, passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2002, at a local hospital surrounded by her family.

Vivian was born on January 12, 1923, on a farm near Huntsville, Indiana, to Ralph and Bessie Hardwick, She was the second child of four children, Betty, Vivian, Don and Dean. She attended school in Lynn, Indiana, where she was a baton twirler for the band, a member of the drama club, a class officer, and played the violin. In 1939, Vivian began dating a young man named Vaughn Bowen. After a four-year courtship and upon Vaughn's completion of flight training, Vaughn and Vivian were married on November 10, 1943. As a Marine Corps wife, Vivian developed a patriotic passion for the American flag and for military parades. This passion continued throughout her life. After WWII, they returned to their life in Indiana and began their family. Vaughn was recalled into the Marine Corps and they were stationed at several locations across the country. Upon leaving the Marine Corps in 1957, the Bowens, Vaughn, Vivian, Spencer, Cheryl, RoxAnne and Don, moved to Corpus Christi.

Vivian devoted her life to her family. She was very involved in the lives of her children serving as Cub Scout leader, assisted the Girl Scout troops and was involved with the schools' PTAs. Vivian had enormous talents, gifts and skills, which she always used to the benefit of others. These included sewing, cooking, organ playing, and woodworking. In addition, Vivian continued a lifelong interest in art, taking correspondence courses and had many pleasurable hours developing her artwork. Her husband and children were the benefactors of these unselfish works and that continued with the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Vivian suffered a massive brain aneurysm in 1967 when the family was given no hope for her survival. Vivian's true grit proved the doctors wrong. With her strong faith, God's grace, and the desire to remain with her family, Vivian recovered after a four-year struggle. This miracle was a milestone in the family's lives, their perceptions of themselves, each other and their faith.

After the children were grown, Vivian had the opportunity to continue to support Vaughn with his career as an assistant in his office, while cherishing her new role as a grandmother. At this time, Vivian also furthered her involvement with her church.

Vivian taught love and faith by example. Her sense of humor and spirit of adventure were inspirational. Vivian's unconditional love, patience and gentle ways touched all who knew and loved her and will continue to endure. Words cannot describe how much her family and friends love and miss her.

She was survived by and was married 59 years to her high school sweet heart, her beloved Vaughn Bowen. Her surviving children are Spencer (Geri) Bowen of Oklahoma City, Cheryl Andrews of Corpus Christi, RoxAnne (Cliff) Schlabach of Corpus Christi and Don (Nancy) Bowen of Phoenix.

Six grandchildren: Lisa (Bob) Davis, Lindsay Davis of Houston, Shana Bowen of Seattle, Cara Bowen of Austin, Keith (Ginger) Andrews of Corpus Christi, Chelsea Bowen of Phoenix, and Hobie Schlabach; five great grandchildren: Joshua Mullins, Sara Mullins, Dillon Andrews, Kaitlyn Andrews and Robert Davis;

One sister, Betty (Richard) Bales of Lynn, Indiana; two brothers, Don (Alice) Hardwick of Frankfort, Indiana and Dean (Janet) Hardwick of Melrose, Florida.

Her father was Ralph Allen Hardwick Feb. 19, 1901 - June 29, 1983.

Her mother was Bessie Marie Werts Hardwick Sep. 28, 1898 - Nov. 17, 1986.

A beautiful Memorial Service was held on Friday, December 27, 2002 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Christian Church, 3401 Santa Fe, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Submitted by; Her Children