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Dolores Jones Bowen, 92, October 13, 1928 – May 29, 2021, passed away in Queen Creek, Arizona.  Dolores was the youngest of seven children born to Dudley and Lalar Mae Jones (Sudberry) in Bedford County, Tennessee.

Dolores graduated early from high school and went on to receive her degree in Early Childhood Education from Middle Tennessee State University.  While teaching in Kingsport, Tennessee, she met her future husband. On October 26, 1950, Dolores married Charles Durant Bowen from Lavonia Georgia.  During Charles’ tour of duty in Japan, Dolores taught students on Yokota Airforce Base. There, she gave birth to their first daughter, Tarisa. After his tour, the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia and had their second daughter, Susann.

Dolores was a career educator, spending over 25 years with DeKalb County Schools, including Doraville Elementary, Northwoods Elementary, Shallowford Elementary and serving several years as an Assistant Principal at Rainbow Elementary. She also received a Master’s Degree and a Specialist Degree from the University of Georgia.

After retiring, Dolores concentrated on caring for her husband and being “Grandmommy” to her only granddaughter and 10 years later, being “Mimi” to her two grandsons.  Dolores enjoyed traveling extensively.  She was also an active member of Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, and sang in the choir for many years. She moved to Sacramento, California in 2013 and later to Queen Creek, Arizona in 2020.

Dolores is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Charles Bowen.  She is survived by her children Tarisa Bowen Tate (husband George Tate) of Buford, Georgia and Susann Conley (husband Jason Conley) of Queen Creek, Arizona; grandchildren Emily Tate Gordon (husband Rory Gordon) of Buford, Georgia, Chase Bonslett (wife Whitney Bonslett) of Santa Clara, California and Carter Bonslett of Queen Creek, Arizona.  Dolores recently had her first Great-Grandson, Remy Gordon of Buford, Georgia.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the nursing staff at Everland Living in Queen Creek, Arizona for their loving care during her last days.

There will be a private family graveside service at Arlington Memorial Park to lay her to rest beside her husband. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in Dolores Bowen’s name.

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8 responses to “Dolores Jones Bowen Obituary”

  1. Tarisa and family says:

    Mom will be missed forever….we will honor you with the way we live our lives

  2. Emily Tate Gordon says:

    Grandma, I wish we had more time together. We’ll miss you. Love, Emily

  3. TRANG LAFITAGA says:

    Thank you Susann for entrusting mom’s care with us. We can see that mom was a very special woman and loved. Thank you for all that you did for mom in her latter days. Our condolences 🙏to you and your family 👪.
    Love, everland assisted living.

  4. TRANG LAFITAGA says:

    Thank you for entrusting mom’s care with us. We can see that mom was a very special woman. Our condolences to you and your family.
    Everland assisted living

  5. Susann Conley says:

    It was such an honor to care for you mom…..to give back to you a fraction of what you did for me!
    You were the best mother ever and you will live on in my heart forever. ❤

  6. Josie Brzenk says:

    Where do I begin? I met Dolores near the end of her life but the second I met her I loved her like I knew her for my entire life. Every time I saw her I was greeted with a kiss and the most meaningful squeeze from her hand. She made me smile and always laugh because even near the end, she was sassy and full of that southern charm you think that only exists in the movies. However the thing I loved most about Dolores, was witnessing the relationships she had with those around her. Her eyes would light up when she saw my boyfriend, Carter. She would always tell him how much she loved him and would always tell me that I needed to love and take care of him with my whole heart. She would always beg for just one more kiss from Carter and he always obliged. The relationship with Dolores and Susann was something truly breathtaking to see. It is a connection that can only be made between a mother and daughter who truly love one another. Susann would do anything for Dolores and Dolores knew that simply by the love in her eyes when she looked at Susann. I feel so blessed to have known Dolores for the amount of time that I did, because the second I met her I knew I was meeting one of the kindest, strongest and most beautiful women I have ever met. We will continue on her legacy in small ways, like calling Carter “bubba”, knowing she may be rolling her eyes in Heaven. We will never forget her and her sweet yet sassy attitude. I will always be wanting one more kiss or one more squeeze from her… but I know now she is in Heaven dancing with her husband and smiling down on each of us. I will never forget you Dolores and I will always think of you with so much love in my heart. Rest In Peace🤍

  7. Sandy Stickler says:

    Dolores was a luminous human being. She glowed from within when she smiled. She was a beautiful soul. I truly grew to love her and her family through my short 8 months of caring for her. I feel blessed to have been a part of Dolores’s life. Even for the short time it was. I will miss her.

  8. Denise deLotty Smith says:

    I knew you as a class act, a sweet soul, a great mom and grandmother, a very special southern gal who also had a great sense of humor. Will treasure the memory of Susann and I having fun with you and your friend in Las Vegas.! Heaven is lucky to have you. DENISE

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Dolores Jones Bowen Obituary


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Dolores Jones Bowen, 92, October 13, 1928 – May 29, 2021, passed away in Queen Creek, Arizona.  Dolores was the youngest of seven children born to Dudley and Lalar Mae Jones (Sudberry) in Bedford County, Tennessee.

Dolores graduated early from high school and went on to receive her degree in Early Childhood Education from Middle Tennessee State University.  While teaching in Kingsport, Tennessee, she met her future husband. On October 26, 1950, Dolores married Charles Durant Bowen from Lavonia Georgia.  During Charles’ tour of duty in Japan, Dolores taught students on Yokota Airforce Base. There, she gave birth to their first daughter, Tarisa. After his tour, the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia and had their second daughter, Susann.

Dolores was a career educator, spending over 25 years with DeKalb County Schools, including Doraville Elementary, Northwoods Elementary, Shallowford Elementary and serving several years as an Assistant Principal at Rainbow Elementary. She also received a Master’s Degree and a Specialist Degree from the University of Georgia.

After retiring, Dolores concentrated on caring for her husband and being “Grandmommy” to her only granddaughter and 10 years later, being “Mimi” to her two grandsons.  Dolores enjoyed traveling extensively.  She was also an active member of Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, and sang in the choir for many years. She moved to Sacramento, California in 2013 and later to Queen Creek, Arizona in 2020.

Dolores is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Charles Bowen.  She is survived by her children Tarisa Bowen Tate (husband George Tate) of Buford, Georgia and Susann Conley (husband Jason Conley) of Queen Creek, Arizona; grandchildren Emily Tate Gordon (husband Rory Gordon) of Buford, Georgia, Chase Bonslett (wife Whitney Bonslett) of Santa Clara, California and Carter Bonslett of Queen Creek, Arizona.  Dolores recently had her first Great-Grandson, Remy Gordon of Buford, Georgia.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the nursing staff at Everland Living in Queen Creek, Arizona for their loving care during her last days.

There will be a private family graveside service at Arlington Memorial Park to lay her to rest beside her husband. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in Dolores Bowen’s name.

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8 responses to “Dolores Jones Bowen Obituary”

  1. Tarisa and family says:

    Mom will be missed forever….we will honor you with the way we live our lives

  2. Emily Tate Gordon says:

    Grandma, I wish we had more time together. We’ll miss you. Love, Emily

  3. TRANG LAFITAGA says:

    Thank you Susann for entrusting mom’s care with us. We can see that mom was a very special woman and loved. Thank you for all that you did for mom in her latter days. Our condolences 🙏to you and your family 👪.
    Love, everland assisted living.

  4. TRANG LAFITAGA says:

    Thank you for entrusting mom’s care with us. We can see that mom was a very special woman. Our condolences to you and your family.
    Everland assisted living

  5. Susann Conley says:

    It was such an honor to care for you mom…..to give back to you a fraction of what you did for me!
    You were the best mother ever and you will live on in my heart forever. ❤

  6. Josie Brzenk says:

    Where do I begin? I met Dolores near the end of her life but the second I met her I loved her like I knew her for my entire life. Every time I saw her I was greeted with a kiss and the most meaningful squeeze from her hand. She made me smile and always laugh because even near the end, she was sassy and full of that southern charm you think that only exists in the movies. However the thing I loved most about Dolores, was witnessing the relationships she had with those around her. Her eyes would light up when she saw my boyfriend, Carter. She would always tell him how much she loved him and would always tell me that I needed to love and take care of him with my whole heart. She would always beg for just one more kiss from Carter and he always obliged. The relationship with Dolores and Susann was something truly breathtaking to see. It is a connection that can only be made between a mother and daughter who truly love one another. Susann would do anything for Dolores and Dolores knew that simply by the love in her eyes when she looked at Susann. I feel so blessed to have known Dolores for the amount of time that I did, because the second I met her I knew I was meeting one of the kindest, strongest and most beautiful women I have ever met. We will continue on her legacy in small ways, like calling Carter “bubba”, knowing she may be rolling her eyes in Heaven. We will never forget her and her sweet yet sassy attitude. I will always be wanting one more kiss or one more squeeze from her… but I know now she is in Heaven dancing with her husband and smiling down on each of us. I will never forget you Dolores and I will always think of you with so much love in my heart. Rest In Peace🤍

  7. Sandy Stickler says:

    Dolores was a luminous human being. She glowed from within when she smiled. She was a beautiful soul. I truly grew to love her and her family through my short 8 months of caring for her. I feel blessed to have been a part of Dolores’s life. Even for the short time it was. I will miss her.

  8. Denise deLotty Smith says:

    I knew you as a class act, a sweet soul, a great mom and grandmother, a very special southern gal who also had a great sense of humor. Will treasure the memory of Susann and I having fun with you and your friend in Las Vegas.! Heaven is lucky to have you. DENISE

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