Agnes Blair Bowers
1917 - 2010
“Agnes was a lady,” was the tribute made by her husband, Judson, when he was told Agnes Blair Roach Bowers passed away Monday, Dec. 20 in Payson.
Mrs. Bowers was born April 25, 1917 in Windber, Pa. to Wilbur Charles (“Roxey”) Roach and Nellie Mae Stewart. She was the sixth of 14 children.
Mrs. Bowers attended Tawas City High School in Tawas City, Mich. and after graduation, attended County Normal School in Iosco County, Mich. for the required one year to achieve her teaching certificate.
She married Judson Lloyd Bowers on May 28, 1938 in Michigan and they began their adventure, which lasted 72 years of married life. The couple had five children: Judson Lloyd Bowers, Roxey Wayne Bowers, Kay Ann Houghton, Robert Alva Bowers and Susan Blair Bowers.
Mrs. Bowers loved the outdoors, whether it was the beauties of Alaska or the serenity of the Arizona desert. One of her favorite things was to hunt with her husband and sons. In fact, the night before she died, Mrs. Bowers told her nurse she hoped to get her strength back so she could go turkey hunting in April with her husband and sons, Judd and Roxey.
Besides her large extended family, Mrs. Bowers loved to teach children. She was honored with the Arizona Blue Cross/Blue Shield Ageless Heroes award for her contributions in the Love of Learning category Valentine’s Day of 2007. This school year, she continued tutoring second-graders who needed help in reading and math at Julia Randall Elementary School. Serving others was vital to her and she instilled this in her children.
Mrs. Bowers is survived by her husband, Judson; her children, Judd and wife Cathy, Roxey and wife Judy, Kay Ann and husband Bill, and Robert and wife Karen; 26 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Robert (Polly) Roach of Michigan and Richard (Louis) of Michigan; sisters, Betty (Joe) Daly of Michigan and Anita Davis of Arizona.
She was predeceased by her parents; siblings, Margaret, John, Stewart, George, Dorothy, James, Donald and Roxey; daughter, Susan; and grandson, Grant Bowers.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 27 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson. A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 26 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Dr. A brief graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. in Dewey, Ariz. at the Heritage Memorial Park Cemetery, 12000 Heritage Memorial Lane, off of Fain Road, across from the Prescott Country Club on Highway 69.
Donations in Mrs. Bowers’ name may be made to Julia Randall Elementary School, P.O. Box 919, Payson, AZ 85547 to help the children. Please include “Agnes Bowers Fund” on the contribution.