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Wanda "Nanny" (Gaither) Bowman

September 10, 1929 ~ March 15, 2019 (age 89)

Wanda "Nanny" Bowman,89, of Spencer, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 15, 2019, at IU Hospice House in Bloomington. Nanny was born in Indianapolis on September 10, 1929, to Virgil and Reeda (Pemberton) Gaither.  Nanny was a 1946 graduate of Emmerich Manuel High School in Indianapolis.  Nanny lived most of her life in Indianapolis, Indiana and was employed by the State of Indiana in the Welfare Division.  In 1987 Nanny moved to Spencer, Indiana to raise two of her grandchildren.  At that time, Nanny became a "stay at home" mom.  She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren become adults and have children of their own.  She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, coloring and watching "The Young and the Restless" and CNN.

Nanny will be loved and missed by one son; Steven and wife Karen Roberts of Indianapolis, daughter in laws; Deborah Roberts of Avon, Cynthia Bowman of Spencer, son in law, Gene Abrams of Spencer, grandchildren; Stephen and wife Bonnie Branham of Bloomington, Betty and husband James Hargis of Ellettsville, Wanda and husband James Stine of Indianapolis, Melissa and husband Kraig Faulkner of Danville, Stephanie and husband Ernie Morin of French Lick, Jessica Patton of Spencer, Kaitlyn Bowman of Spencer, Terry R. and wife Debbie Abrams of Spencer and Tony and wife Terry Abrams of Bloomington, and numerous great-grandchildren, cousins and friends. 

Nanny was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Frank Roberts, second husband, William Bowman, sons, (infant) Robert Bowman, Ronald Roberts, Joseph Roberts, William "Bill" Bowman, daughters, Cheryle Branham, Teri Abrams, one grandson William "Billy" Bowman, and son in law, Michael Branham.

Nanny was known for her love and wisdom, having left this quote to her family;
"God was the strength that has gotten me through my life.  He stood with me in front of each coffin and held me up.  He has been the one in my bedroom at night that I have talked too.  When I am gone, I want my family to hold on to one another.  Family is the people that will step up and unite because you are all hurting and you all know the same hurt.  It doesn't matter if you approve of them or their lifestyle; you all share the same memories, the good and the bad.  It is so important to keep in touch with your family and not judge them.  you can't think that you don't need them, that you only cling to one person in life.  Family has been there forever; the arms that held us when we lost so many and they will be there to hold each of you again."  Nanny would not want anyone to be sad, her slogan through all her heartache...."There's always tomorrow." 

Visitation will be 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home, 105 North Montgomery Street, Spencer, Indiana 47460. 

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