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 18, 2021
    Barbara Wilson says:
    I am very thankful to have known this beautiful lady for over 50 years.She will always remain very special in my heart as well as her beautiful daughter who is my beautiful daughter in law.Helen Bowen Will be forever remembered as a child of God.I know she is smiling down on her family daily.

  • January 17, 2021
    Dotty Lamb says:
    Going through some paperwork & found some clippings Mrs. Bowen was thoughtful enough to save for me of my daughter and one of her accomplishments in high school. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that clipping and several others because I never got around to doing that myself and I would not have any had it not been for Mrs. Bowen. She was always thinking of others and concerned about others. She definitely was a Christian that walk the walk and talk the talk. I loved her and I will miss her. My love to Debbie and Vic and their family.

  • January 16, 2021
    Nancy Huffer says:
    Ms. Helen, was a very special friend to me. I was blessed to have received many of her hand written notes and cards. She had a special way of making you feel as if she was speaking directly with you. She was sweet, kind and witty. I love her and will truly miss her. fortunate enough to receive her hand written notes or cards sh

  • January 16, 2021
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  • January 16, 2021
    Debbie and John Stkley and Jonathan Smith says:
    My sweet and loving Miss Helen I am still so broken to hear of your passing. My faith tells me that you were a saint in this life and in the next a beautiful angel with an amazing crown for all the good you did in your life. I loved the cards you sent me and Jonathan. Jonathan loved the coins you gave him on his birthdays. I just loved the card and your prayers always for all of us. I will see you again one sweet day and we can celebrate the joy of being home and no more pain, no more tears. I have cried every day since you passed and it kicked me in the butt learning of your passing. You will be missed by many, and loved by all who were a part of your life. To Debbie you know I will always be here for you. You are like family and we all love you. I will do any thing you need me to do. I love you.