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July 6, 1938 - January 23, 2022

In accordance with her wish cremation will take place and private family services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kindelberger Festival Fund ( or Centrica-Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan c/o the funeral home.

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Age 83, passed away on January 23, 2022, at her home with her daughter Becky and dear friends present. She was born in Kalamazoo on July 6, 1938, the daughter of the late Frank and Leah (Tanguay) Williams. In October of 1957, she married her high-school sweetheart Vern J. Bowen who preceded her in passing on December 24, 2014. She was also preceded in passing by a son, Ronald (Lorian) Bowen and many siblings. Fran was known for being both fun and formidable. She loved spending time tending her garden and yard in the home she’d lived in since 1959. She was also a gifted seamstress who could sew or quilt anything and used her stitching talents to help with costume design for many local theater projects. Fran enjoyed cooking and her family and friends were always welcome at the table. She loved the state of Michigan, camping around the Great Lakes and was a lighthouse enthusiast. Above all Fran loved her family and friends and she is survived by two children, Rebecca “Becky” Bowen and Rick (Jennifer) Bowen; two grandchildren, Maggie Jane and Nellie Jean Bowen; a sister-in-law, Elaine Williams; many nieces, nephews and friends.