Helen M. Bowen

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

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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
    Norma Sandrovich lit a candle:
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  • January 16, 2021
    Rachel Taylor says:
    Such a beautiful heart. She touched so many. I’m privileged to have known her and thankful for being blessed by her sweet existence. My condolences Debbie. May you always carry her in your loving heart.

  • January 16, 2021
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  • January 16, 2021
    Dianne Tucker says:
    Helen was a special lady and dear friend. I enjoyed my visits with her and she always made me smile. She loved her daughter Debbie and family deeply. She contributed so much of herself to her church in so many ways and everyone looked forward to the beautifully written cards she would send. Helen fought a long hard battle with the love of her family and is now at rest. Sweet memories❤️

  • January 16, 2021
    Carolyn Crum says:
    I loved Helen so much. She was a strong woman with a gentle, joyful spirit. She loved Jesus and she loved people. She was loving, kind, and witty. Her life was a demonstration of the scriptures in I Corinthians 13: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not become angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always continues strong.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬