Verna Lorena Bowman, 89, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on November 18, 2023 at Hospicare in Ithaca. Born on April 3, 1934 in Barton, NY, she was the daughter of the late Richard L. Henderson, Sr. and Hazel M. (VanEtten) Henderson. Verna was a lifelong resident of Lansing and member of Lansing United Methodist Church. She retired from the Cornell University Print Shop. In her free time, Verna was a crafter and made and collected many dolls.
Verna is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, J.W. Paul Bowman; children, Randy (Sue) Bowman, Doug (Sharon) Bowman, Jeff Bowman and Brenda (Rick) Lind; grandchildren, Jon (Kim) Bowman, Sheila Bowman, Julie (Jamie) Hatfield, Brian (Amy) Bowman, Tucker (Noel) Lind, Tyler (Kat) Lind and Tiffany (Ben) Robertson; great-grandchildren, Ryleigh, Bryn, Parker, Ben and Pierce Bowman, Jack and George Robertson, Lucas Lind, and Hayden and Henley Hatfield; sister, Shirley (John) Kelly; sister-in-law, Barbara Swords; brother-in-law, Ronnie Kelly; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Betty (Gerald) Clark, Marge (Terry) Quinn, Richard Henderson and Lloyd (Rose) Henderson; and sister-in-law, Patti Kelly.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on December 8, 2023 at Ludlowville Pine Grove Cemetery, Lansing, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Verna’s memory may be directed to Hospicare, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Ludlowville Pine Grove Cemetery, PO Box 232, Lansing, NY 14882.