Mary Jane McClamrock Bowers

Published 10:38 am Monday, July 17, 2023

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Mrs. Mary Jane McClamrock Bowers, 90, of McClamrock Road, Davie County, passed Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at Trinity Elms in Clemmons.  The family is grateful to all her caregivers.

On Feb. 21, 1933, Thomas Clay “Dock” and Dorothy Mae Boger McClamrock of Mocksville welcomed Mary Jane into this world. Mary Jane grew up alongside her older sister, Dorothy Lee, as well as numerous cousins and other relatives in the Oak Grove and Cana communities. A lifelong resident of McClamrock Road, the young Mary Jane was often found with her father tending to the family garden and farm or helping her mother care for her grandparents and other relatives.

From her youth, Mrs. Bowers took great joy in music, appreciating others’ God-given talents as well as using her own. Mary Jane and Dorothy Lee’s parents were thrilled that their daughters were taught the piano on their family’s Wurlitzer, starting a generational tradition. Her voice gave praise to the Lord in many local churches and chapels throughout her life. Jane helped friends and neighbors celebrate at weddings and find comfort at memorial services. She enjoyed singing in Handel’s Messiah. Jane loved being one of the Davie Singing Seniors.

Mary Jane quietly thrived academically and professionally. Valedictorian of her Mocksville High School class, Mary Jane later graduated from Draughon Business College in Winston-Salem. She clerked in a local law office before beginning her career in the furniture business. Mrs. Bowers enjoyed and took pride in her work alongside her friends and colleagues at Hendricks Furniture.

Mary Jane. Jane. Momma. Aunt Jane. Miss Jane. Joyful pianist, organist, soloist and chorister. Singing Senior! Meticulous keeper of business books and accounts. Happy hostess and grateful guest of all family meals and holiday get-togethers. Smiling friend. Cheerful neighbor. Connoisseur of snow cream and fresh-picked strawberries.Accomplished picker, sheller and canner of green beans.Intrepid day trip navigator and golf cart passenger. Devoted daughter and niece. Compassionate caregiver. Loving wife. Blessed mother. Good and faithful servant of God.

Jane lived her faith by spreading the good news of Jesus Christ’s love with others through youth and senior ministries, and of course through music. Across six decades, children, teens and young adults heard the Gospel through Miss Jane’s work at Oak Grove Methodist Church where she was a lifelong member and at Hope Baptist’s Sunday School, Children’s Church, Vacation Bible School and AWANA clubs. Jane also sang and played piano for seniors at local retirement homes. Whether at the piano or organ, from the choir loft or in her pew, Jane loved worshipping the Lord and hearing the Word proclaimed.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bowers was preceded in death by: her husband of 66 years, Hayden “Tag” Bowers.

Mrs. Bowers’ survivors include: her 2 sons, Rex Bowers (Karen) of Mocksville and Bobby Bowers (Sandy) of Davidson; a step-son, Butch Bowers of Yadkinville; her sister, Dorothy Boger of Mocksville; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

On Friday. July 14, Chris Cantrell, pastor at Hope Baptist, led a celebration of life service at Eaton’s Funeral Home Chapel followed by a graveside service led by Oak Grove Methodist’s pastor Bob Summers. The family deeply appreciates the outpouring of love, support and care that they continue to receive.

The family requests that memorials be considered for: A Storehouse for Jesus, 675 E. Lexington Road, Mocksville, NC 27028; or another charity of the donor’s choice.

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