Susan Howard Bowman

Profile Updated: September 18, 2017
Residing In: Georgetown, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: Sam Angus Bowman
Occupation: Retired realtor and teacher (23 years)
Children: Sophie, born 1970
Ned, born 1973
Chris (step son)
Cheri (step daughter)
Scott (step More…son)
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I just realized a few days ago that I need to update my profile again. Many of you already know this, but I remarried on December 16, 2016. Sam has been a friend since the 70's when we attended the same church. He and my deceased husband were best friends and Sam was the best man in our wedding. We had stayed in touch through the years and all of our moving around and when we moved back to Texas he came to visit us a few times. Sam had lived in Houston all of this time, so when he came to Sun City he just loved it and said if he ever retired he would be interested in moving here. Having been widowed twice, he had been a bachelor for over 20 years. Sam was very supportive of me because of our forever friendship after Bryon passed away, and we discovered we had a special relationship built on our long term friendship. The rest is history! We were married December 16, 2016! We both feel our relationship and marriage is a God thing, as neither one of us had ever planned to get married again. But here we are! Life is so good and we feel so blessed!

As a recent update to my profile, my husband, Bryon, passed away on January 27, 2016 after a long and difficult illness. We were married for 36 years. So many of us in this class have lost spouses and it is comforting to know I am in good company. Life does indeed go on even though it is very different. As a dear friend who is also a recent widow put it, " It's trying to find your new normal." I am looking forward to the future and continuing on this miraculous journey called life!

All I can say is that our 50th. reunion was the best! It was so wonderful to see friends I hadn't seen since we graduated and, of course, to be with those who are able to get together frequently. It was my pleasure to work with the fantastic committee members who have planned these each year since the beginning. It was so much fun! Someone on the Forum said it so aptly that we were 67-68 when we walked to the door, then 17-18 again after we walked through! It was like May of 1964 all over again! I am always reminded how special we are when I talk to other friends from other places and schools and they are in "awe" of us - how we stay in touch, get together, care for one another, support each other, and pray for each other. We are an awesome group!

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Wow! I don't know where to begin! I've had a great life! I raised my children, who are married and live in Alabama and Texas. My daughter, Sophie (46 - Alabama), has three little girls that I adore. Hope is 17, Molly is 15, and Katie Jane is 6 years. She is married to Rob, who is the news director for CBS in Birmingham, AL. My son, Ned (43 - Houston, actually Katy), and his wife, Sarah, have a little boy, Lane, who will be 8 on Dec. 18, 2016. Sarah is in charge of new accounts at Trustmark Bank in Houston. Ned is a media specialist for Vinson-Elkins Law Firm. My mom is 100. On Dec. 29, 2012, she slipped, fell, and fractured her hip. After spending two months in the hospital and rehab following partial hip replacement, she now lives in an assisted living community in Temple, only 30 minutes from where I live in Sun City. She continues to improve daily and has a wonderful attitude about her new living situation. I get to see her really often now that she is so much closer to me. She continues to be a blessing to my life!

My husband (who is now deceased) and I were married 36 years (I was divorced in 1976). My life has been blessed with three fantastic stepchildren and four wonderful step grandchildren. They all live in LA and Dallas/Ft. Worth except our ballerina, who now lives in Paris, France.

In 1980 I went back to college and received a degree in elementary education from the University of Texas at El Paso, with an endorsement in special ed, graduating with honors. 1983 found me teaching special ed in El Paso, then we moved to Indianapolis in 1988. Teaching was my profession until 2006, when I retired. In 1995 my daughter, Sophie, and I received degrees from Ball State University in Muncie together - she received her bachelors in telecommunications and I earned a masters in educational administration, which I never used because I loved teaching! Receiving degrees on the same day was a very special event for both of us. Sophie, who lives near Birmingham, Alabama, is an administrator in the media department of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama. Sophie was also elected to the City Council of Alabaster, AL, in 2008. It is so gratifying to have such wonderful children and beautiful, healthy grandchildren!

After I retired from teaching in 2006 I knew I wanted to do something else with my life, so I went back to school and became a realtor. The market was challenging at that time, to say the least, but I had so much fun learning new things and making new friends. Working with people is my thing, so this was a great "later in life" opportunity for me. What I learned as a realtor really helped me to sell our house!

In the spring of 2011, after visiting Sun City, TX, near Georgetown, my husband and I decided to put our house on the market. I have wanted to move back to Texas for quite some time and since my husband's health was becoming an issue I felt strongly that if we were going to do it we had to do it "now." I felt it was important to be nearer family. I told him that I had followed him all over the country and now it was my turn. He agreed. We put the "For Sale" sign up on our house June 1, 2011, thinking it would take at least 6 months to sell. We left on vacation July 31, drove 500 miles, and got an offer on our house. We turned around, came back home to finish up the paper work that goes with an offer, then 3 days later left for Sun City to buy a house. We closed on our house in Indy Sept. 2 and moved into our new home Sept. 11. It was truly a whirlwind! Needless to say, I am delighted to be back home! Although it was difficult to leave my wonderful friends in Indianapolis, it was just like it was meant to be. Things just fell into place. What else can I say? I have come full circle.

We were very fortunate that we were able to travel. We went to Europe 4 times, all trips but one being cruises. That is the way to travel! Also, my mom and dad built a home in Lake City, Colorado, many years ago and we have been able to enjoy going there during the summer. It is a little bit of heaven! Photography is my hobby - especially taking pictures of children, animals, and flowers. I also enjoy reading and writing. My health is great - I try to keep it that way by exercising and eating right. I love to snow ski and to be in the outdoors, although we've given up camping because of my husband's health. I have also learned to play golf! I can't say that I am very good, but I have alot of fun!

Our 45th reunion was fantastic! It was so good to see friends that I haven't seen - some since high school and some since our 40th. We are still lookin' good!! What a wonderful history we have!

School Story:

One of the strangest memories I have is of Mrs. Gayle strolling down the halls with her yard stick making sure the girls' skirts weren't too short. It was funny to see girls on their knees in the hall getting measured.

I loved high school and have so many great memories! Those years were the best! It was such an honor to be part of the Imperial Guard! Running for cheerleader my junior year was also a great memory, and all of those speech and drama tournaments! There was so much to strive for, to be involved in, to believe in! Such a meaningful part of our history!

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Posted: Jan 18, 2017 at 7:07 PM
Sam and me
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Posted: Sep 26, 2016 at 2:22 PM
Mom on her 100th birthday!
Posted: Sep 26, 2016 at 12:59 PM
My sister, Phyllis, and me
Posted: Sep 26, 2016 at 12:59 PM
My daughter, Sophie, and Mom
Posted: Aug 01, 2015 at 2:06 PM
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View from the deck at Lake City cabin
Posted: Aug 01, 2015 at 1:54 PM
Our family cabin...a little bit of paradise in God's country
Posted: Aug 01, 2015 at 1:27 PM
India Rose, on the right, after her principle role in "Calvary Halt" and "Harlequinade" this past weekend in NYC. Michael Chernov is one of the artistic directors. She dances with the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet.
Posted: Apr 04, 2015 at 4:48 PM
India, on the right. We were there to see her performance on March 27 in NYC. Am I a proud grandmother or what! She is just beautiful on stage!