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Bowman warmed their hearts

Accident victim remembered as fun-loving, always there for children

Accident victim remembered as fun-loving, always there for children

July 22, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered." This continuing series takes a look back - through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others - at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Beverly Allyn Bowman, who died July 10 at the age of 57. Her obituary appeared in the July 17 editions of The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail.

Beverly Bowman was the second oldest of 12 children, but by all accounts, there always was plenty of love to go around.

So when Beverly had three children, she knew how to make each feel special to her as well as close to each other. It's that warm feeling that each of her grown children say they will remember most about their mother.

On July 10, a driver ran through an intersection just a block from the Pines Ice Arena in Pembroke Pines, Fla., where she worked part time, and collided with her vehicle as she was heading home. She died from her injuries, family members said.

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"I was the first to get the news," said Stephen Day, her youngest child. "I heard a car door and thought it was her because she was due home after 11 p.m."

Instead, it was the authorities coming to tell him about the accident.

Although his parents were divorced, Stephen said his father was there right away when he heard the news. David Day also traveled to Clear Spring from Florida for the funeral and has shown great support, Stephen said.

"Mom was a fun-loving person," Stephen said, trying to shift his focus to her life rather than her death. "Lately, pottery was really exciting her."

Beverly also enjoyed scrapbooking and baking for her family and friends.

In addition to her part-time job at the ice arena, Beverly worked at the Pembroke Pines Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co.

With friends and family members huddled around Beverly's mother, Ethel Bowman-Bringmann was trying to make sense of Beverly's death.

Three of her 12 children had preceded her in death before the accident that claimed Beverly's life.

"She was a good person. She did a lot for me and for others," Ethel said. "Beverly was my sunshine girl and my rainbow."

The family moved to Clear Spring from Martinsburg, W.Va., in 1959, when Beverly was about 9 years old. Beverly grew up and attended schools in Clear Spring, leaving only after she married her first time and moved to Pennsylvania.

That marriage produced Michael Deitzel, her oldest son, now in his 10th year in the U.S. Navy stationed in Florida.

After some time in Pennsylvania and then Minnesota, the first marriage ended. Beverly later married David Day and had two more children, Heather and Stephen.

"Mom was always in our lives ... we were never alone," Michael said. "That was cool about her and we dug that."

Dressed in his Navy uniform, Michael said he had his mother to thank for his success in life.

"What you see in this uniform is because of her," he said.

Although they have different fathers and are 10 years apart in age, Heather said she and Michael couldn't be closer.

"I drove to Virginia when his ship came in from the Mediterranean so we could hang out," she said.

As for her mother, Heather said she was "pure love."

"She was my mom and my best friend, but she knew when to be which," Heather said.

Beverly's younger sister, Cynthia Moore, is no stranger to tragedy either, having lost a teenage son 5 1/2 years ago in an auto accident.

"Though I am younger in years, she was younger at heart," Cynthia said. "Beverly always kept us smiling."

The night before his mother died, Stephen said they had enjoyed "movie night," which they tried to do at least once a week.

The movie they watched July 9 was "Deja Vu," about someone going back in time to save someone who had died, Stephen said.

If only real life could be like the movies, he said.

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