Mary “Mugg” Bowman, age 74, of Stockton, formerly Double Springs, joined the Angels in Heaven on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, surrounded by her children and loved ones.
Mary was born to Robert and Louise Ross on April 3, 1944, in Klamath Falls, Ore. Mary moved to California in 1953 with her mother, Louise, sister, Ginger and brother, Bobby. Her stepfather, Boyd Davis, taught her how to ride a horse, tell a joke and share one unforgettable story after another with the well-placed curse words included.
Mary owned a hair salon in San Andreas back in the days when they were called Beauty Shops. She married David Bowman and raised two sons, Robert Bowman, Micheal Bowman and one daughter, Sadie Bowman. Mary had a long career as a waitress at Carl’s Restaurant in Stockton, which suited her gift of always making people feel at home. She retired from the San Joaquin County Public Defender’s Office in 2016.
Mary was an avid animal lover. She had a spirit of adventure and loved to travel. On road trips to Oregon, I don’t know how she and Ginger made it to their destination with all the laughter filling up the car. Mary enjoyed the outdoors and found a special spot of happiness at her Camp in Avery. Mary was known for her quick wit, sharp tongue, and infectious laugh. She was always there, day or night, to share a cup of coffee with friends and family and warm your heart. Mary loved a good slot machine, could wear a hat like a diva and was full of wisdom – take the lemons life gives you and make lemonade.
Mary is survived by her three children, Robert Bowman, Micheal Bowman (Karen) and Sadie Bowman, her Irish Twin and Forever Best Friend, sister Ginger Rosario, and Mary’s greatest treasures, her grandchildren, Travis Bowman, Tyler Bowman, Shelby Bowman, Raylee Bowman and Emily Bowman who affectionately called her “Punkin.” Mary was preceded in death by her parents Robert Ross and Louise Davis, stepfather Boyd Davis, stepsister Donna Davis and brother Robert Ross.
The family would like to thank Desiree Berry and Infinity Hospice caregivers. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held in the weeks to come. In lieu of flowers, please take the time to share a story with the ones you love over a cup of coffee.