Beverly Ione Jackson Bowers

Celebrating the life of Beverly Ione Jackson Bowers

October 6, 1933 - September 23, 2012


Beverly Ione Jackson Bowers

Beverly Ione Jackson was born October 6, 1933 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Beverly died September 23, 2012 in the Panorama Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center where she had lived since April 24, 2009.

Beverly was the second daughter of Lynn and Evelyn (Welke) Jackson, the third of seven children. She was raised in Eau Claire and attended elementary and high school there. At the age of eight Beverly made the decision that she would become a missionary for the Methodist Church. When she was 12 she was confirmed in Lake Street Methodist Church and was active in Sunday school and youth fellowship throughout junior high and high school. After graduation from Eau Claire Central High School in 1951, she received a scholarship from the Women’s Society for Christian Service of her church to attend college at National College for Christian Workers in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated in 1955 and accepted a commission as a three-year term missionary to the Philippine Islands. In the Philippines she worked for 3 1/2 years in Christian education and youth work in Northern Luzon.

With the end of her mission term Beverly returned to Eau Claire. In January of 1959 she began studies for a master’s degree in church history at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. While she was studying at Garrett she met her husband, Bob. They were married on June 25, 1960 at the Lake Street Methodist Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Together they served churches in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin before accepting an appointment in 1967 as missionaries to the Alaska Mission of the United Methodist Church.

In 1977 Beverly began a 10 year career in real estate in the Municipality of Anchorage.  She enjoyed real estate and prided herself in her thoroughness and honesty. When Bob and Beverly moved to Ketchikan in 1986 she left real estate sales and found a calling working in domestic violence and  sexual assault programs helping abused women and their families. In Ketchikan she worked for Women in Safe Homes (WISH) Shelter for 6 years eventually becoming the staff manager. In Nome she was hired as the Executive Director of the Bering Sea Women’s Group program and shelter. Under her leadership the shelter served women and children from Nome and 15 surrounding villages. She became a leader in Alaska Domestic Violence Network, a statewide program of shelters and services of women.  She was known for her integrity and commitment to providing help and wholeness for abused women.

Beverly retired in 1998.  Just before Christmas 2000, she and Bob moved to Panorama in Lacey, Washington.  In 2009 she became a resident in Long Term Care until her death.

Beverly is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bob Bowers. Also surviving are four children, Stephen (Chrissy) Bowers of Mitchellville, Iowa; Carolyn (David) Buss of Rainier, Oregon; Christine (Melvin) Newbill of Ketchikan, Alaska; and David (Cairene MacDonald) Bowers of Portland, Oregon. Six grandchildren also survive: Matthew Bowers, Lindsey Hackett, Tyler Hackett, Emily Bowers, Keith Newbill and Heather Newbill; and one great-granddaughter, Lily. Also surviving are her siblings: Jean Fox, Myron (Yvonne) Jackson and Lane (Sandy) Jackson all living in Wisconsin plus many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lynn Jackson and Evelyn Dohms, two brothers, Keith and Gary Jackson, and one sister, Yvonne Troen.


It is common to say

that butterflies are free.

But - oh - how they worked for that freedom.


They were willing to go

into a dark cocoon

While they waited for growth from inside them.


Then when comfort had come

to their safe, dark cocoon

They risked breaking out to the sunlight.


Still with wings tightly wrapped,

they stretched slowly with care

tested and tried fragile wings,

then glided to a new life of freedom.


Yes, butterflies are free

and freedom for me

can come as it came to the butterfly.

To be able to enter the darkness of pain

and wait for the growth that's inside me.


The cocoon can be safe,

there is risk breaking free

out into the bright, blazing sun

to unwrap, to stretch, to try fragile wings

to glide to a new life of freedom.


Memorial Service in Loving Memory of

Beverly Bowers

October 6, 2012  10:00 am


* Greeting                                                                                                      

* Hymn                               “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”                          Hymnal #89

Opening Prayer                                                                                 

Poem                                                                                                       by Beverly Bowers

Hymn                               “Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling”                     Hymnal #384                 

Scripture                                              Micah 6: 8

                                                      Romans 8: 34-39

                                                         John 11: 25-27

Homily                                                                                             Rev. Melissa Ramming

Hymn                                “I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath”              Hymnal #60

Remembering Beverly                                                                         Rev. Coriless Hansen

Affirmation of Faith                                                                                       Hymnal #887

Prayer of Commendation

* Hymn                                     “For the Beauty of the Earth”                        Hymnal #92

* Benediction

                                                                                                               Music provided by Rae Corbin

You are invited to join the family for refreshments in the Fellowship Hall
following the service.


Untitled poem by Beverly Bowers, dated July 1991.

She wrote at the top of the poem: "Written for a

domestic violence group, Ketchikan."


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