Rebecca Ann Bowling

September 02, 1929 - April 18, 2017

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Rebecca Ann Bowling, 87, of Avilla died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 9:45 p.m. in Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville.

She was born September 2, 1929, in Cawood, Kentucky, to James and Lucinda (Hensley) Howard.

She retired from Keeler Brass Company in Lake Odessa, Michigan.

Mrs. Bowling was a member of the Church of God in Lake Odessa, Michigan.

Rebecca loved plants, birds, especially cardinals, laying in the sun, cooking and she enjoyed making sure everyone was fed.

The family wishes to thank Presence Scared Heart Home in Avilla, in particular the Assisted Living Staff.

Surviving are three daughters, Ann (Bill) Roth of Lake Odessa, Michigan, Tammy (Brian) Hicks of Kendallville, and Sally (Marjus) Aliaj of Kendallville; three sons, James (Kathy) Napier of Lake Odessa, Michigan, Theo (Lynette) Messer of Sunfield, Michigan, and John Dale (Amy) Bowling of LaGrange; a daughter-in-law, Gerry Bowling of Lake Odessa, Michigan; 15 grandchildren, Jim, Billy, Annie, Jonathan, Lucinda, Heather, Ralphie III, Jamie, Amanda, Johnny, Melissa, Chad, Michael, Samuel, and Iliana; 10 great-grandchildren; 13 great great-grandchildren; and a sister, Henrietta McMillian of Cawood, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph Bowling in June 1, 1984; a son, Ralph Bowling, Jr.; a sister, Polly Clem; and a daughter-in-law, Vickie Napier.

There will be no visitation or services.

Preferred memorials are to the Assisted Living area of Presence Sacred Heart Home, 515 North Main Street, Avilla, IN 46710.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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Andrew and Maggie Hawkins
April 27th, 2017 3:02pm
Valley Wa

Prayers going out to all the family!

Autumn Hawkins
April 25th, 2017 11:03am
Spokane, Washington

Jamie, James and Alexis Carey
April 25th, 2017 10:43am
Battle Creek, MI

We love and miss you so very much! Always in our hearts ❤️

Lucinda Dean Stapleton
April 25th, 2017 10:28am
Dayton, Ohio

Terribly saddened by the news of my Grandmother's passing.. my prayers and condolences go out to everyone..

Nathaniel Hawkins
April 25th, 2017 9:00am
Addy, Washington

Doug & Annie Hawkins
April 24th, 2017 11:42pm
Spokane, Washington

Marjus , Sally , samuel, Iliana Aliaj
April 24th, 2017 11:23pm

Mommy we are saddened beyond words. In our sadness though we have the hope of seeing you again. We love you and will never forget granny. We know you are shouting the streets of glory with daddy(papa) ! We will see you soon!

Jon Napier
April 24th, 2017 11:25am

mark skevington
April 23rd, 2017 10:12pm
rome city

Vickie Nichols
April 20th, 2017 6:47pm

I will certainly miss Becky. She was a special lady with a big heart and smile to go with it. I remember being surprised by how much she loved watching wrestling! We had some of our best conversation and laughs when I stopped in during these times. I will never forget her; my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Teresa Isaac
April 20th, 2017 5:54pm

My condolences to the entire family. I would like to thank you for sharing Becky with us at Laverna Terrace assisted living/ Sacred Heart. She was a joy to care for and easy to just love. I will miss her very much. Becky I know you are up in heaven shouting all over the place and happy to be there. God bless all the family. Love you miss Becky

Nathalie J Bryant
April 20th, 2017 4:24pm

So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all

Dani Rittermeyer
April 20th, 2017 3:38am

Lifting your family up in prayer. So very sorry for your loss. God Bless you all.

Tiffany Shire
April 19th, 2017 10:22pm
Kendallville, IN

Becky was such an amazing woman to care for. Any time I walked through her door she had the biggest, sweetest smile. She made you feel right at home. Prayers to the family. I am deeply saddened for the loss of a beautiful soul. She will fly high and free with the angels.

Jim and Kathy Napier
April 19th, 2017 10:16pm
Lake Odessa MI

Launa Skidmore
April 19th, 2017 9:09pm
LakeOdessa Mi

Becky was more then Just an aunt to me,She was like a Sister,She and I had not spent time together these last few years,Because we were not able to,I Love her and will miss her.

Mark McMillian
April 19th, 2017 8:56pm
Price Utah

Love and will miss you Aunt Becky

Gretta Pennington
April 19th, 2017 8:47pm

Praying for you All,No words can help the Heart Break,Only the Promise from the Lord that one day you can reunite with your Mother Again,and Never Part!Love to All of You!

Ralph Bowling III
April 19th, 2017 6:22pm
Woodland, MI

Orville Clem
April 19th, 2017 4:42pm
Harlan Ky.

So Sorry, Our Prayer and Love to each and ever one. May the Lord comfort the hearts of each one.With our Love the Clem Family.

Teresa Gillespie
April 19th, 2017 4:34pm
Kendallville Indiana

I am so sorry Tammy and your family for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all of you

Vicki Harris
April 19th, 2017 4:29pm
St. Johns, Michigan

Amy and Dale, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. I will be thinking of you all during this very difficult time. Love, Vicki

Tim & Tammy Brodbeck
April 19th, 2017 4:17pm
Lake Odessa, Mi

Dale & Amy so sorry for the loss of your mom. Prayers for peace and comfort. Love you guys Tim & Tammy