Joanne Marie (Rigsbee) Bowman, 83, formally of Klamath Falls passed away peacefully in Murrieta, Calif. on Friday, March 29, 2019 with her children by her side.  

Joanne was born in Susanville, Calif. on Dec. 16, 1935 to John and Beverly (White) Rigsbee.  

Throughout her childhood, she lived with her grandparents, Clarence and Merle White in Alturas until she and Kenneth Bowman, high school sweethearts, were married April 26, 1952. 

Joanne and Kenneth moved to Klamath Falls in 1956, where they lived in their same home until 2008.  Kenneth delivered milk until he became a U.S. Mail contractor.  Joanne later became a mail carrier as well. Her favorite job, however, was being a homemaker along with campfire leader, flag team mom and neighborhood mom. Joanne loved sewing, reading, crocheting as well as fishing, camping and watching birds.  Most of all, Joanne loved being with her family and friends.

Joanne was preceded in death by:  husband, Kenneth; son, Danny; her parents, her grandparents; three siblings, Peggy, Mike and Stevie; and her Bowman-in-laws, Bob and Joyce, Adrian, Sherman and Delores and Bertha.  

Joanne is survived by:  son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Belinda Bowman, Wasilla, Alaska; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Bob Cassidy, Murrieta, Calif. and Diane and James Hamilton, Lakeview; five siblings, Mary Ann, Dixie, Teri, Bob and Dwain; sister-in-law, Irene (Bowman) Holloway; grandchildren, Jeff and Kim Bowman, Kenny and Caitlin Bowman, Michelle and Tom Allison, Daniel and Michelle Bowman, Nakeeya and Ashlee Bowman, Megan Ericks, Cassey and Justin Mehtlan, Cody Hamilton and Amanda Arcularius; 16 loving great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.

There will be a graveside service held Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 9 a.m., Eternal Hills Cemetery, Klamath Falls with a reception to follow.  

Contributions in memory of Joanne may be made to the American Diabetic Association, the Klamath Falls Library or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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