Martha Marie (Walsh) Bowden

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Martha Marie ( Walsh ) Bowden was born on August 28th, 1936 in Kansas City, Missouri to Eleanor ( Clary ) Walsh and Wallace Walsh. She was only 3.9 lbs. at birth and her Mom said she slept in an empty drawer she was so tiny. I’m sure there was a Joyous Reunion as she went to Heaven on July 29th, 2020 from heart failure. Visitation will be on Friday, August 7, 2020 from 6:00 ~ 8:00 PM at Abundant Harvest Church, 4830 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, KS. A second visitation will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 8 at the church with service starting at 11:00 AM. Due to current Covid Restrictions space is limited and masks are mandatory. The church does require everyone to sign in before entry. Burial will follow the service at Johnson County Memorial Gardens.

Martha fought her way back from a severe heart attack 3 yrs. ago and had several more years to spend with those she loved. She was a lifelong Kansas City native. She grew up on the Westside near 16th and Jefferson and graduated from Manual High School. She met and Married Ora Clay Bowden from Lenexa, KS. on Valentine’s Day 1956 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, KCMO. They had 2 daughters, Eleanor (Bowden) Daniels and Rebecca (Bowden) van Rooyen. After her Father’s death in 1960, they, along with her mother Eleanor Walsh moved to West Plaza KCMO where they lived until 1980 when they built their home in north Overland Park, KS.

Martha started work with Inter-collegiate press part time as a key punch operator, the company was purchased by Herff Jones in Mission, KS and she worked her way up to Supervisor over Production Control not only for that location but the 4 other locations across the United States as well. She Retired after about 30 yrs. to do what she said was the best job ever, taking care of her grandkids and great grandkids full time. She was diligent in taking the kids out every day to play and go to the park. Her grandkids have memories of Deanna Rose Park and trips to the Zoo and Oceans of Fun. While still working she spent her Friday nights having sleepovers with her older grandkids, staying up late watching Friday fright night, Tales from the Crypt and eating Fritos and Bean dip. She loved attending as many as possible band, music, sports, scouting events, dance recitals, school plays and carnivals with all her grandkids. Later in life that same need to get out every day and go somewhere, ANYWHERE ~ kept up as she was the main caretaker for her Husband after a head injury and then as his Alzheimer’s progressed. She got them out for car rides and grocery store runs daily. She was little and feisty, but Large and in Charge at the same time. I used to refer to her as the roaming gnome as she would get away from me so fast at the store or our Friday night “DATE” to Hollywood casino and dinner at the Marquee Café. She loved the crowds the noise and people and it was exciting to get out on the weekend. She was able to go one morning a couple of weeks ago for one last time, she called very early one morning and asked and we just made it happen.

She is survived by her Husband of the home, her Daughters Eleanor of KCKTurner, and her daughter Rebecca (Becky) of the home. Also 5 Grandchildren, Staci (Scott) Wood, Alan (Melissa) Daniels, Ashley Dodgen, Martha van Rooyen, Rian van Rooyen and 9 Great Grandchildren, Blake Wood, Kaitlynn Daniels, Chloe McGuire, Sadie McGuire, Kynzly Dodgen, Gianna Dodgen, Thomas Dodgen , Heidi McCabe and Marley Jones and nephew Wallace A. Walsh. She was preceded in Death by her parents Wallace and Eleanor Walsh, her brother Leo Martin Walsh Sr. and nephew Leo Martin Walsh Jr.

She married into the Bowden family of 13 children where she had 12 Sister inlaws and Brother in laws and many Beloved Nieces and Nephews. She was the last surviving Mom of the 50’s and her husband Clay is the last of his 12 siblings. The large extended family made for decades of memories, holidays and gatherings. She learned to enjoy travel in her later years and even though it was never her idea, always said she had the BEST TIME! She will be missed by Many, whether she was Mom, Grandma, Aunt Martha or your friend or neighbor, know that she will be watching over us and sending us signs from Heaven. She will be forever in our hearts.

Memorial contributions may be made to the organization:
Debra of America
Checks can be mailed to:
In Memory of Martha Bowden
75 Broad Street, Suite 300, New York, NY 10004
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