Natalie A. Bowen was born April 28, 1954 in Middletown, Ohio to Merritt Lenear (deceased) and Patricia E. (Henderson) Day (deceased). She departed this life on Sunday, February 6, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Natalie spent her formative years as resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana; graduating from South Side High School in 1972 and started a family. Natalie found her joy as homemaker, parent, and planner; providing consistency in a household that moved throughout the United States and abroad, a spouse to a military serviceman. Natalie developed resilience through her multifaceted career working as a dutiful administrator in the fields of retail / food service, education, insurance, and lastly in the world of design + construction. Her lifelong service was her dedication to her faith and spirituality. Natalie dedicated her life to Christ at an early age and remained prayerful, and committed to a life of Christian Service. She served as a joyful resource to many friends and family members; providing emotional refuge, spiritually relevant references, and helping to find light in many of our dark moments.
All who connected with Natalie knew her warm, welcoming and genuine personality, she was one who consistently reached out with family updates, recipes, and a general friendly hello. Her travels and family relocations both early and late in life taught her to communicate often and she possessed a sharp and witty sense of humor that she shared with her children which also helped her to build lifelong relationships amongst a variety of friends around the nation.
Surviving Natalie are a host of family members that she cherished beyond words. This includes former spouse, Reginald “Reggie” D. Bowen and their children; daughter Kamilyn P. VanNoy; son, Aaron M. (Zaya) Bowen; grandchildren Dominique VanNoy, DeAngelo VanNoy, Quinn Puckett, and Zane Bowen. Her brother Mark (Vanessa) E. Lenear; Nieces and Nephews, Bernard J. Gaines, Katrina J. Gaines, Wesley M. Lenear, great niece and goddaughter BreAnna Gaines, and many other great nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She is preceded in death by her father, Merritt Lenear; mother Patricia E. Day; and sister Deborah E. Turner.
Nashville Visitation: Thursday, February 17, 2022, 12 pm - 6:00 pm at Terrell Broady Funeral Home-Nashville, Tennessee.
Natalie will be entombed in Covington Memorial Gardens - Fort Wayne, Indiana, following her Celebration of Life Service on Monday, February 21, 2022 at Union Baptist Church.