HOWARD — Mary C. Bowden, 68, of Howard, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Knox Community Hospital. She was born Sept. 9, 1951, in Newark, the daughter of Frank and Ada (McKee) Lacy Sr. Mary retired in 2011 after 39 years of employment with Knox Community Hospital.

Mary enjoyed reading and was an avid fan and supporter of many sports teams including the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cincinnati Reds and most importantly her hometown Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets. She was a loving and dedicated mother and grandmother that cherished the time she spent with her family.

She is survived by her children; John (Grace) Bowden of Howard, Carl (Jennifer Adams) Bowden of Danville and Christi (Willy) Grogg of Fredericktown; seven grandchildren, Carmen (Ben) Leonard, Jordan (Eric) Bradley, Kendra Grogg, Kelton Grogg, Kylen Grogg and Kinley Grogg; five great-grandchildren; and her beloved canine companion Colby.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Edward J. Bowden in 1992; a brother, Jack Lacy; and her sister, Judith Carlson.

Friends may call Monday 4-7 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, where a funeral service will be held Tuesday beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to the Knox County Animal Shelter.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Mary C. Bowden.


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