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Obituary of Vivian E. Bowman, 73


Vivian Ellen Bowman, 73, of State College, went home to be with her God on March 2, 2018 after a seven year battle with dementia. She received excellent care at Maple Farm Nursing Center in Akron, PA for four years prior to her death.

Born July 23, 1944 in Holyoke, MA, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Opal Mutch. Her sister, Janice, also preceded her in death in 2005. Vivian is survived by her niece, Cassandra Disbrow, and her two daughters, Sophia and McKenna, whom she adored.

Living her childhood in Chicopee, MA, Vivian attended and graduated with honors from Chicopee High School in 1962. Vivian was a diligent student and had a passion for learning. She was committed to bettering herself through higher education, attending classes and attaining many certifications to further her professional career.

On January 12, 1963 she married Paul W. Bright of Millheim, PA, who was an Airman with the USAF at Westover Air Reserve Base at the time. They moved to the Penns Valley area in 1965 and were married for 38 years. Paul survives in Milroy, PA, with his wife, Lisa.

Also surviving is their son, Wade T. Bright, and his partner, Michelle Habovick of Centre Hall, PA, and their daughter, Paula B. Shumaker, and her husband Thomas of Lititz, PA. They have three children, Kassidy, Tanner, and Tristan, who were the light of her life.

On April 30, 2005, she married Gale D. Bowman who survives at home. Vivian was a member of the Greater Buffalo Run Valley United Methodist Church. She was a woman of strong faith who loved to sing and was a member of the choir. Vivian lead the Prayer Connection with Stonecroft Ministries hosting weekly women's prayer luncheons. She and Gale enjoyed and were committed to their daily devotions.

Vivian had a long standing career in banking retiring as a trust auditor for Omega Financial in 2006. After retirement, Vivian and Gale spent most of their time traveling and camping. She enjoyed vacations at the beach. In 2004, Vivian fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling to Scotland with her daughter to trace her family heritage. In 2008, Vivian and Gale made a trip to Alaska. These two vacations were her most memorable.

Vivian was loved by a number of other relatives and close friends. Family and friends were Vivian's passion and delight. Our loss is significant as she was a part of the lives of so many and all were blessed because she was.

Vivian sacrificed much for the sake of her children and family. She always put everyone else before her needs and she never gave up on anything. Vivian was passionate about all things never doing anything half-way. Her loyalty and commitment to her loved ones was her greatest gift.

What Vivian was most loved for was her silly sense of humor and her infectious laugh that affected everyone in an uplifting way. She had the ability to love freely and to be loved so easily. Vivian enjoyed music of all genres with rock and roll being her favorite. She was an avid dancer partnering with anyone who shared her love of dancing. Vivian was diligent and hard-working in all aspects of life, always striving for perfection.

Vivian chose to retreat from the “pity pot” of life and to live in victory. She chose to have victory over negativism, helplessness, fear and hopelessness; and most of all, she chose victory over her own selfish pride. Vivian will always be remembered with fond memories working in her garden, taking such pride in its beauty; for her devout faith; her resilience as she started over on her own and finding love again with Gale.

Friends and family will be received from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at the Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral Home, 1034 Benner Pike, State College, and from 10:00am-11:00am on March 8, 2018, at Buffalo Run Valley United Methodist Church, 1667 Buffalo Run Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823. The funeral service will follow with Rev. Calvin Miller officiating. Burial will be at Centre County Memorial Park.

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Buffalo Run United Methodist Church, 126 Apple Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823 or the Alzheimer's Association.

An online guestbook may be signed and condolences sent to the family at

Name of Deceased

Vivian E. Bowman



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Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Service

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