Helen M. Bowen

February 27, 1928 - January 12, 2021
Helen M. Bowen


Mrs. Helen M. Bowen, 92, passed on to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, January 12th at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Born on February 27th, 1928 in Omar, West Virginia to Bill Manuel and Lucretia Turner. She is survived by her only Daughter Debra Divers Wilson and Son-In-Law. Victor Wilson of the home, 2 Grandchildren, Christie Divers Linz and husband Raymond Linz, (Wilmington) Kevin Divers and wife Amy Divers (Burlington). 6 great grandchildren Alan Linz (Lindsey), Joshua Linz (Regan) Preston Divers, Nathan Divers, Riley Dumm, and Alex Divers. One special sister Betty Earles of West Virginia. One niece Sharon Ketchum (Arlo), three nephews, Gregory Earles (Faye), Nick Manuel, Mark Wilson (Sheila). Several great nieces and nephews. Helen loved her family, they meant everything to her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Betty Jane Bowen, Sister Virginia Wilson, Brother Bill Manuel and niece Helen Wilson.

Helen is a member of The First Baptist Church of Carolina Beach. She sang in the choir for 47 years. Some members of the choir said she was the “only alto the choir needed”. She had a beautiful voice.

Helen took much joy in writing and sending cards. That was her ministry. She sent heartfelt messages to each and every person she wrote. It thrilled her when people thanked her for her special cards that meant so much to them, years after receiving them.

Helen worked in many fields throughout her life. She worked for a credit union, assistant to a hospital administrator, for the New Hanover County Register of Deeds office, legal secretary for a local attorney and for a local Real Estate Company in Carolina Beach where she retired at age 66.

The family would like to thank Dr. Howard Ruscetti and his Nurse Patty Kenney of Federal Point Medical Center in Carolina Beach. Special friends Diane Tucker, Nancy Huffer, Beth Bullard, Dena Bullard, Carolyn Crum, Sally Semmler, Barbara Wilson, Sue Hagen, and John and Debbie Stokley.

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Carolina Beach.

Due to Covid, there will be a private family celebration of life.

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  • January 16, 2021
    Debbie Martin says:
    Debbie your mother was always so sweet and kind. She truly loved you and her love shows in you. I enjoyed the times i spent at your house on the weekends. Don't know how she put up with all us crazy girls. Love and prayers for you and your family. ❤❤

  • January 21, 2021
    Darlene Bright says:
    Helen was one of the first persons I met when I moved here in 1968. We immediately became best friends and remained close through the years. For many years, we sat side by side in the Church choir. She had a beautiful voice . She was a very loving and giving person. She always had a very positive attitude even when she was so sick. I will miss her so much. It's comforting to know that she is at peace in heaven with her Lord.

  • January 21, 2021
    Richard W Wade & Tony Bryan says:
    Helen is rejoicing now because she was called home to heaven. She has been an inspiration to me for the 50 plus years that I have known her. Her kindness, compassion and love for all who knew her was self evident. She was most proud of the daughter she raised and the woman she became. She was proud of the faith in her Lord and with a song in her heart, and shared her faith in talks with you. In all my years I knew some things to be certain, we were going to get a birthday card and a Christmas card with a sweet message, a prayer, and the warmth of a hug through that card. When you talked in person or the phone you were going to hear a joke or two that she read somewhere. We cherished her and will always have the memories of the shining example of how to live your life for the God she loved and with no regrets. She is now watching over us all. It's farewell for now my dear Helen, until we meet again.

  • January 19, 2021
    Kenny Reeves says:
    Ms Helen was one of the sweetest most thoughtful people I’ve ever met in my life! I was always moved to emotion by her encouragement & all of her beautiful cards that she sent me. She will always have my respect & will never leave my thoughts through each & every holiday. I’m sure our Lord God embraced her tightly upon her arrival in His presence.

  • January 19, 2021
    Karen Reeves says:
    I was 8 or 9 years old when I met Ms.Helen.I lived around the corner from her house, visiting her often just to sit on the porch and soak up her amazing wisdom. Many of cold winter mornings She’d invite me to wait for the bus inside, always having a breakfast treat to share. As I got older, I reminded her of how much I valued the influence that she had been in my early years. Our lives continued to intertwine as we again- only lived down the street from one another by the time was married. So I believe the good Lord kept her near me throughout my whole life. What a blessing to find out that my brother would marry Ms. Helen’s daughter! I was the lucky one because I was able to be entertained by “An Angel” throughout my life. If you knew her, you would agree....She was a special lady. I will miss her