Alice Fay Bowen, 65, of Marion, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at the funeral home conducted by Pastor John Albertson. There will also be a visitation for one hour before the service at the funeral home on Thursday. Committal service will take place at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Oneida Cemetery in Clutier.
Alice was born April 30, 1952, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the daughter of Robert Loren and Wilma Mae (Winn) Bowen. She was a 1971 graduate of Geneseo High School in Dysart. Alice attended Marshalltown Community College and completed her LPN in 1972. She worked at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids from 1972 to 1984. Alice then returned to college, attending Kirkwood Community College, completing her associate of applied science degree in nursing technology. She moved to Texarkana, Texas, and worked at St. Michael's Hospital and Doctors Home Care. In 1987, she moved back to Iowa and worked at the VA Hospital in Iowa City until 2010. While working at the VA Hospital, she completed her bachelor's of science degree in nursing at Iowa Wesleyan College in 1992. Alice completed her career working at the VA Clinic in Cedar Rapids from 2010 to 2014. She enjoyed world travels, movies, reading, bowling, playing games and cards and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her siblings, Mary (Craig) Untiedt of Shorewood, Ill., Donna Johnson of Fort Myers, Fla., and Doris (Warren) Holst of Cedar Rapids; nieces and nephews, Kim (Doug) Gilman of Willow Springs, Ill., Tracey (Chris) Durham of Fort Myers, Renee (Shawn) Schuldt of Fort Drum, N.Y., Shawn (Sherry) Holst of Raymore, Mo., and Scott Holst of Cedar Rapids; several great-nieces and great nephews; two great-great nephews; and a host of many friends.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents and one brother-in-law, Butch Johnson.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Zone 41 at Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Nabi, Dr. Wilbur, Dr. Wood, Dr. Stroh and the staff at Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, as well as the staff at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy for all their care and support they gave to Alice during her final days.
Memorials may be directed to the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, in care of Mercy Medical Center Foundation, at 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, or online at www.givetomercy.mercycare.org/donate in memory of Alice.
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