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Juanita A. Bowen

Juanita Amelia Bowen, age 81, of Philip, died Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 11, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Interment was Monday, March 13, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Music for the service was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Barb Bowen, vocalist. Ushers were Shane Noack and Cory Boyd. Pallbearers were Tim, Ryan and Jeremy Hughes, Rick and Kelly Parkes, Irvin Jones, Henry Hanson, Russell Hansen, Roger Williams and James Peterson.

Juanita Amelia Elvert was born May 12, 1924, in Miami, FL, the daughter of Charles and Ethel (Loudmilk) Elvert. At the age of four, she moved with her parents to Winter Beach, FL, where she received her education. As a young lady she worked in the sugar beet fields in the Winter Beach area.

Juanita was united in marriage to Odie Dale Bowen on September 11, 1943, in Vero Beach, FL. They made their home in Virginia and Arizona, where Dale was serving in the United States Army.

After his discharge, they moved to Arizona until 1946, when they moved to the Philip area. While in Philip, Juanita worked for Fred Robins and later at the Park Inn Cafe for Pinky Anderson. She then worked as a dish washer for the Philip School System until a car accident in 1994 forced her to retire.

In 2000, due to health reasons, she moved into the Philip Nursing Home, where she has since resided.

Her husband, Odie Dale Bowen, preceded her in death on September 13, 2000.

Juanita was a member of the First Lutheran Church, and the American Legion Auxiliary, both of Philip.

Survivors include a son, Charles Bowen and his wife, Linda, of Rapid City; six daughters, Dorthy Parkes and her husband, Philip, of Tonopah, AZ, Vickie White and her husband, Randy, of Alvin, TX, Brenda Bowen of Decatur, IA, Theresa Miller and her husband, Roy, of Philip, Connie Schlim and her husband, Clyde, of Philip, and Marla Boyd and her husband, Randy, of Philip; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother; and three sisters.

In addition to her husband, Juanita was preceded in death by a son, Robert "Bob" Bowen; two brothers, Charles and Lawrence Elvert; and two sisters, Annabelle and Mary.

A memorial is established. Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at www. rushfuneralhome.com