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Helen I. Bowser
A graveside service was held Monday at Burwood Cemetery in Escalon for Helen Idelete Bowser, 97, of Modesto. The former Ceres resident died July 29, 2009 at Orangeburg Manor in Modesto with her family by her side.

The Ceres Chapel of Franklin & Downs Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Born Dec. 6, 1911 in Farmington to James and Idelete Beasley, Helen was the fourth of six children. She grew up on Hart Road, in what was known as the Hart district, now Escalon. The family moved to Ceres where she attended Ceres grade schools and graduated from Ceres High in 1931. Helen married William "Bill" Bowser in March of 1935.

Helen was president of the PTA at Mountain View School and a 4-H leader for several years. She worked for many years at the Patterson Frozen Food plant in the 1950s. She was an active member in the Ceres Chapter 296 of Eastern Star for over 50 years. Mrs. Bowser enjoyed reading, crocheting, sewing, and playing find-a-word and crossword puzzles. She had lovingly made countless quilts and afghans for her family and friends.

She leaves behind twin daughters, Jennie Erwin of Modesto and Joan Mobley of Reedsport, Ore., and a son, Jack (Barbara) Bowser of Ceres; her sister, Alice Gilbert of Waterford; and eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years in 1992, two brothers, two sisters, and a great-grandson.

Remembrances may be sent to Community Hospice, 4368 Spryes Way, Modesto, CA 95356.

-Ceres Courier /August 5, 2009