Gwen Dorlea Bowley, 76, of Taylor, Nebraska died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at her home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Taylor, Nebraska. Burial will be in the Taylor Cemetery. Pastor Dennis Davenport will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 5 –7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Loup County Community Center or the Taylor VFW Auxiliary.
Dorlea was born August 12, 1941 in
Burwell, Nebraska to Burel and Elva (Coleman) Yocum of Taylor.
Dorlea attended school in Taylor and then she went to Business School
in Grand Island. Following business school, she started working at
Equitable Bank in Grand Island. From there she moved back to Taylor
to work at Sargent Co-op.
On August 2, 1963 she married Donald
Bowley of Taylor. The couple made Taylor their life long home.
After their son Brian was born in 1964 Dorlea worked as the Taylor
Village Clerk and later started work at the Taylor Bank where she
retired in 2006.
Dorlea was active in her community
helping with the Loup County Community Center and was a member of the
Taylor VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed her camping and fishing trips to
Lake McConaughy in the Summers along with her flowers and gardening.
She loved her sports, especially Husker Volleyball. She always
enjoyed seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always
was happy to bake that scratch Chocolate Cake for dessert.
Dorlea is survived by her husband Don
Bowley of Taylor. A son, Brian and Wanda
Bowley of Burwell. Two
grandchildren, Brandon and Sara Bowley of Grand Island and Emilee
Bowley of Lincoln. Two great-grandchildren, Addalyn and Elaina
Bowley of Grand Island. A brother, Jim Yocum of Seattle, Washington
and her mother-in-law, Twilla Bowley of Ord.
Dorlea was preceded in death by her
parents, a sister, Yavonne Yocum, a brother, Jack Yocum, a
sister-in-law, Pam Yocum and her father-in-law, Hubert Bowley.