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"Marian Bowman peacefully passed away on July 24th at the age of 86. Marian was born on September 30, 1931 in Schuyler, Nebraska to John and Louise Payzant. She was a unique and special woman, a great wife, mother, and grandmother. Marian received her Bachelors degree in English Literature at Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska. At Midland, she met James Bowman from California. They married and the Nebraska farm girl moved to southern California. They lived in the same house in Simi Valley for 47 years before moving to a retirement community in Phoenix, Arizona in 2012."
"Marian had a keen intellect and a great memory for details. She easily quoted classic poems and passages, some of which she learned at a one-room schoolhouse she attended for several years. She loved music and sang alto in church choirs and at her retirement community. Most of all she loved people; her family and friends. She made friends everywhere she went. We will miss her generous and loving spirit."
"Marian is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jim, daughters Nancy Dimson (Phil), Karen LaLone (Mark), sister Donna Johnson and grandchildren Heather, Skyler, Macy and Mia. Marian's celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31st at Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ with a reception following at Sagewood Retirement Community. ..."
From the information in her obituary, it is clear that the person writing caught the important aspects of Marian's personality and family. But they missed all those years in Simi valley when she a Jim devoted much of their spare time to philately. Both Jim and Marion were collectors. Jim had Olympic collections and Marion had a world renowned collection titled "Here I Stand" with the sub-title of "Martin Luther and His Place in the Reformation." Both were advocates of philatelic shows and spent many long hours helping at SESCAL each year. Marion working to get special awards for the exhibitors and Jim working at putting up, taking down and the maintenance of exhibit frames. In 1990, they jointly won the Federations' s "Distinguished Service Award" which is given "for valuable contributions to the advancement and enrichment of philately."
Marion's "Here I Stand" won gold and vermeil medals all over the world. In August of 1995, it was shown in the APS Champion of Champion Exhibit which means it had won a "Grand Award" at a World Series of Philately Show that year.
Marion was always willing to share her knowledge and expertise. To that end, she allowed me to scan "Here I Stand." I turned the scans into web pages. This exhibit in its entirety in included here.
Others have said of Marian that her most outstanding characteristic was her extreme kindness, and that she was a treasurer
The American Philatelic Socieyt (APS), The American Topical Society (ATA), and the Simi Valley Samp club were all among the many philatelic societies she supported.
We often traveled to the same places. In 1988, we all went to the Olympics in Seoul, Korea. At that time, a stamp show was part of the Fine Arts Section of the Olympics. Below are a few pictures of Marion at this show. Bob and I actually lived with Jim and Marian is a new apartment building built for Olympic Family town. The apartment had two bedrooms that had beds, otherwise it was very sparcly furnished. No one minded. We had a great 10 days with lots and lots of memories.
From Jean Kasper: Marian was a wonderful friend and philatelist. I'll never forget her patience when she helped me take over as SESCAL Awards Chairman. Surprised her obit didn't mention her philatelic activities. They were so much a part of her life for so many years. She will be missed.