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Nola LeGene Bowlby

Nola LeGene Bowlby
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Nola LeGene Bowlby

November 27, 2017

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral services at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Sister Nora Frost officiating. Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers.                          


Obituary Notice

Nola LeGene Bowlby, age 92, formerly of Three Rivers, passed away on Nov. 28th, 2017 in Granger, Indiana.  Nola was born in Flowerfield Twp., St. Joseph County, Michigan on September 28, 1925, the daughter of the late Wayne and Viola (Maul) Heckelman.

Nola graduated Three Rivers High School with the class of 1944.  The class yearbook described her as “everybody’s friend, nobody’s enemy”.  Prior to high school she was active as a Campfire Girl.  During high school she lettered all four years in Girl Sports, being their Vice President her senior year, and participated in chorus, Cantata and A Capella.

On October 12, 1947 Nola married the love of her life, Warren Bowlby.  From that union surviving to cherish her memory are her daughter, Pam Karsen, of Granger, IN.; and son Douglas (Christine) Bowlby, of Three Rivers, MI.; grandchildren, Brandy (Brad) Baser, of Covert, MI., Christopher (Cherlyn) Bowlby, of Decatur, MI.; great-grandsons, Zachary and Reid Bowlby.  Also cherishing Nola’s memory her brother Max (Mable) Heckelman, of Kalamazoo, MI.

Mrs. Bowlby was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Warren and her brother, Delton Heckelman.

Nola and Warren led very active lives raising their family, snowmobiling, camping with their travel trailer, mushroom hunting in Northern Michigan, square dancing and round dancing.  Nola was a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, an Avon Lady, worked for the R.M. Kellogg Company of Three Rivers, and managed the operations of the family Poultry Farm.  In 1986 she started the River Forest Ladies Auxiliary Club, serving as their leader for ten years.  In the early 1990’s she and Warren left Three Rivers and retired to Arizona where they enjoyed golf, traveling with friends and family and entertaining in their home.  Many of the golfers looked forward to the 19th hole parties at the Bowlby’s as Nola always baked cookies for them to take home.

Nola’s family would like to thank Grace Hospice (especially Kristi Rupert R.N.) and Nola’s long term private duty companion Ashley Morbley for the excellent care she received during her final years.            



In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or American Heart Association.                                                                                  

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7 comments on article "Nola LeGene Bowlby"

Linda & Brad Heckelman

We are sending our sincerest condolences to the family on the passing of Aunt Nola. Love, Brad, Linda, Kyle, Justin, Amber, Rodd, Marianne, Elijah, Jazmin & Noah

Linda (Mechling) Sheline

Pam, so sorry to read about your mother passing. I remember her as our Brownie leader. What patience she had!! She had to be a wonderful woman to survive that.

Brad Heckelman

My family and I send our condolences to Pam & Doug and Families. I will always remember the times, as a child, where your parents would have family events out at the farm. Us kids loved those events, running around, chasing fireflies, checking for eggs in the chicken coop. Aunt Nola was always so loving and caring for all. We wish the both of you the best, sending our love and prayers.

Brad, Linda, Rodd, Amber, Kyle, & Justin

Sharon (Shutes) Seals


So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers,

Kent & Janine Drake

We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May your memories bring you comfort. Please know you’re in our thoughts and prayers.

Kent & Janine

Marlene Roberts

Sending regards & sympathy to Max at Nola;s passing. We were neighbors on South Main Street many years ago, and Nola was one of the teen-age girls that we all admired and liked. Marlene Roberts, one of the Hilbert girls.

Debbie Irk

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Nola. She was a sweet lady who I looked forward to seeing everyday when I went to work at Brookdale. She was a character and she kept us on our toes!! Lol. She had a great sense of humor! I love you Nola and will miss you. May you Rest In Peace. God bless.

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