Carlene Edna Rieley Bowman, 95, died peacefully August 8, 2017 at her home in Daleville with her daughters at her side. Carlene was born February 12, 1922 in Roanoke and later moved with her family to Botetourt County.
She was graduated from Fincastle High School and continued her education at National Business College. Carlene moved to Washington, DC and worked for the Department of the Navy for several years before returning to Botetourt to marry and raise a family. She enjoyed travelling, gardening, and quilting, making a quilt for each of her grandchildren.
Carlene was a long-time and oldest member of Trinity Church of the Brethren where she had served as a deaconess and sang in the choir.
Carlene was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Pearl Baker Rieley; husband of 50 years Samuel Bowman, son David, and her brother Lylburn Rieley. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Vic Sisson of Fincastle, Nancy and Sam Pillis of Troutville, and Anne and John Everhart of Hardy; grandchildren: Todd (Debbie) Bowman, Angela Bowman, Brian (Angela) Kosko, Robert Hall, Arianna Sisson, Travis Sisson, Denise (Jeremy) Lisle, Heather Pillis, Michael Pillis (Kimi Stover), Lindsey (Justin) Mueller, and Steven (Catherine) Stump; eleven great-grandchildren; sister Juanita Wertz of Louisville, Kentucky; daughter-in-law Peggy Bowman Vance; and many nieces and nephews.
Carlene’s family thanks her caregiver and best friend, Jimalea Routon who was with her for many years.
A service honoring Carlene’s life will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 12 at Rader Funeral Home, 630 Roanoke Road, Daleville with Reverend Stuart Kelly officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Cemetery. Carlene’s family will receive friends at the funeral home 2-4 & 6-8 pm Friday.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Trinity Church of the Brethren, PO Box 128, Daleville, Virginia 24083.
On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.rader-funeralhome.com.
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