Kathleen's Story

WINTER HAVEN, FL - Kathleen Doris (Austin) Bowden, 76, passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 with family at her side. She was born Mar. 26, 1939 in Lawrence, MA, the daughter of Carlton E. Austin and Doris (Bartlett) Austin.

Kathleen grew up and lived in Maine and was a graduate of Mexico High School in 1959. Her working years included factory and secretarial work and waitressing. She moved to Florida where she had lived since her retirement in 2005. As a single mother, Kathleen raised four children working numerous jobs and instilled a strong work ethic and religious beliefs in them. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, reading, knitting, dancing, playing cards and later in life Facebook and Skyping. She also enjoyed her children's activities including ball games, drum corps, church outings and celebrations. Later in life she was able to enjoy her grandchildren's events as well.

Surviving are her 4 children, Patricia Ann Beauchesne, Doris and her husband, Christopher LaBrecque, Roger Bowden II and Dean Bowden and his wife, Kellie; 5 grandchildren, Jenna LaBrecque, Spc Ryan Beauchesne, Kristen LaBrecque, Austin Bowden and Meghan Bowden; a brother, Robert Austin and his wife, Cheryl; step mother, Louise Austin; special friends, Ron and Janet Brousseau, Terry and Dick Oullette, Jim and Judy McFadden, Thomas Beauchesne and she will be missed by her cat, Precious. She was predeceased by her parents, her two brothers, Carlton Austin, Jr. and Richard Austin.

Kathleen's family gratefully thanks the oncology staff and nurses at the Cassell Cancer Center at Winter Haven Hospital. And the staff of Cornerstone Hospice, especially Michelle and Sylvia.

A graveside service will be held 11 AM Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at the Forest Hills Cemetery, Lamoine. A celebration of her life will be held afterward at 1 PM at the Overlook, Lucerne Inn, Dedham, Maine. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to either a cancer society or to a hospice program. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer.
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