Virginia Mae (Mahnke) Bowen, longtime Ponca City resident, passed away Thursday morning, May 24, 2018 at her home. She was 89.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Connect Church (formerly the Church of God) 1101 West Grand, Ponca City, OK with Chuck Lessert officiating. Burial will follow at the Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.
Virginia Mae was born on November 17, 1928, the daughter of Arthur Herman Mahnke and Grace (Taylor) Mahnke in Guthrie OK. She attended the Guthrie schools until they moved to Ponca City and she started junior high. She graduated from Ponca City High School in 1946.
She was married to Jack Truman Colberg and to this union was born Ron Colberg, Vicki (Colberg) Lessert and Kathleen A. "Kathy"(Colberg) Northcutt.
She then married Bob Joe Bowen. They owned and operated BJ Furniture and also BJ Janitorial. He preceded her in death on December 12, 1997.
She was a longtime member of the Church of God. Her faith was her strongest attribute. She loved Gospel music, especially" The Gaithers".
She had worked in earlier years at the Kress store, was a telephone operator, as well as a nurse's aide. She also had served as a crossing guard for the Ponca City Public Schools for the Garfield school area and then at Roosevelt School area.
She lived in what was known as the "Avon" house. Her mother never drove a car, but walked all over Ponca City selling Avon and that's how they paid for the House!
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband B.J., daughter Kathy Northcutt on November 8, 2017, step-daughter Bobbie Jo Smith and three sister, Phyline( Mahnke)Flynn, Geraldine(Mahnke) McAlister and Louise( Mahnke) Moody, one brother, Art Mahnke
Survivors include her son, Ronald T. Colberg and wife Carolyne, of Ponca City, her family from Ronald includes: grandson Chad Colberg and wife Sandi of Ponca City, great granddaughter Autumn and husband Dustin Kincaid of Blackwell, great great grandson Bryer Scott Kinkaid of Blackwell, great grandson Dayton Colberg of Ponca City, Step granddaughter Baylee Kirkendall and fiancé Brandon Cook of Norman, step great granddaughter Halee Winkelman of Ponca City, two step great great granddaughters Hanna and Alexis Winkelman of Ponca city, Grandson Jeremy Colberg of Ponca City, great grandsons Kaleb and Kaiden Colberg both of Ponca city, step great grandson Cori Winkelman of Ponca City, step great granddaughter Sara Lee and husband Dalton, and step great great granddaughters Grace Lynn and Reaghan Lee; Daughter Vicki Lessert and husband Chuck Lessert, of Hendersonville, TN. Her family from Vicki Includes: grandson Jay F. Lessert, III and wife Deana M., Step great grandson Eric Neal and wife Sara, step great great grandson Devon Neal, step great great granddaughter Carleigh Neal, step great grandson Hunter Tudor and great granddaughter Lydia Ann Lessert all of Hendersonville, TN. Grandson, Keith D. Lessert & wife, Elizabeth Lessert of San Antonio, TX, his deceased previous wife, Meredith Lessert, step-granddaughter Kennedy Kyle of TN, and great grandson Garrett R. Lessert of San Antonio, TX.
Her family from her daughter Kathy Northcutt includes: Grandsons Paul Northcutt and wife Lauri of Ponca City, Mike Lindsey and wife Kristin of Wichita, KS, Luke Northcutt and wife Becky of Ponca City, Walter Northcutt and wife Stephanie of Lakewood, CO, and Steven Whaley and wife Paige of Dallas, TX, great grandchildren Skylar Bybee, Braden Lindsey, Jaelyn Northcutt, Gracie Northcutt, Cooper Northcutt, Benjamin Northcutt, Isaiah Northcutt, Collyn Northcutt as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Contributions May be made in her memory to Connect Church, 1101 West Grand, Ponca City, OK 74601 OR Hospice of North Central Oklahoma 445 Fairview, Ponca City, OK 74601
Online guestbook may be signed at www.gracememorial chapel.net