In Memory

Marcia McMurrin (Bowles)

Marcia McMurrin (Bowles)

February 21, 1943 ~ December 2, 2015

Marcia Bryn (McMurrin) Bowles, 72, passed away on December 2, 2015 at her home in Oviedo, Florida after a battle with lung cancer.

Marcia was proud of her birthplace, New York City, and her heritage in Ogden, Utah where she grew up amid a large extended family. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in social work and was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. After her marriage to Ben Bowles in 1976, the two settled in Plymouth, Minnesota and eventually retired in Florida.

Marcia remained a loving wife and mother, a kind and gracious woman who showered her appreciation for gestures great and small, inspired others to have a positive perspective on life, as she always did and encouraged us all to become better human beings.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. James Allen McMurrin; mother, Patricia McMurrin; brothers, John Emmett McMurrin and Dr. James Allen McMurrin, Jr.; and stepdaughter Katherine Bowles Rogers.

She is survived by her husband, Ben Bowles; daughter, Christina Sullivan-Sarabhai (Mohal Sarabhai); sisters, Alice Urry (Robert) and Kathleen (Sparky) Humphrey (Tom); sisters-in-law Susan McMurrin and Debbie McMurrin; stepdaughters, Elizabeth Bowles and Mary Farrell (Robert); stepson, Douglas Bowles (Lori); and nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Oviedo Chapel 501 E. Mitchell Hammock Rd., Oviedo, Florida 32765. 407-366-8999.

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12/14/15 04:54 AM #1    

Dennis Gladwell

This is a loss I take personally. I could write about Marcia all day. She was one of the most beatutiful "girls" in the class.  Wonderful personality, fun-loving, smart, gracious, she epitomized all that was 1961 OHS.  I had the good fortune of being quite close to Marcia ( in high scholl language) although we never dated.  Becky Rounds, Claudia Russell, Marcia ( among others, of course) - the heart of dance guild, the heart of beauty, the heart of our class.  Becky left so long ago, now Marcia. Never a chance to say goodbye to either of them.  May our memories continue to burn bright of those golden three years.  Until we meet again.    Dennis Gladwell

12/15/15 07:32 AM #2    

Claudia Russell (Hammond)

Marcia and I lost contact after college but I will always think of her as my best friend. The McMurrin home was my home away from home during our high school years. Christmas at their home was especially memorable. Marcia was as beautiful inside as out. She will always be with me.

12/15/15 09:32 AM #3    

Judy Prantil (Linnell)







Marcia & I became better acquainted post OHS . 

There were several classmates that were social workers,

Ed Van Zweden, Tim Holm, Claudia Bennett, myself, Marcia.

It was the 60's we were going to 'save the world', make a difference.

I feel that we did make an impact . Marcia was a caseworker with

Children's Aide Society.  A memorable evening was '70's @ her apt.

Her husband brought a wine connoisseur in from S.F. for a 🍷

Wine Tasting Party.  We tasted wines pored into different vessels :

glass, copper, cork, silver, paper, etc.  we felt so  Sophisticated.

Marcia was a classic beauty, adventurous & fun loving.  Always to be

remembered .   Salute !  👣❤️     Ciao' Judy Prantil Linnell




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