She was born Oct. 17, 1943, in Willard, to Frank Channing and LuEllen (Bauer) Daron.
Eileen was a graduate of Plymouth High School and went on to attend college. During her college years her parents became ill so she moved back home to take care of them. She married Harry D. Bowmar Jr. on Dec. 5, 1964, and they made their home in Willard. In their later years, they both enjoyed traveling by car or rail.
She worked at Pioneer Rubber Company for a couple of years before starting her family. After her children were born, Eileen enjoyed babysitting for many children in the area. Her main hobbies were reading and doing crafts, especially crocheting. As her family expanded, Eileen loved having her grandchildren around and would endlessly spoil her nieces and nephews. A woman of faith, she was a member of the Steuben UCC congregation and enjoyed teaching summer Bible School throughout her life.
Left to cherish Eileen's memory are her children, Heidi (Tim) Branham, Charles "Chuck" Bowmar and Eric (Katherine) Bowmar; grandchildren, Cody (Kaylee) Tanner and Jacob Tanner; step grandchildren, Cory and Tyler Branham; brother, Darrell (Heather) Daron; sister-in-law, Carolyn George; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Bud Daron; husband, Harry D. Bowmar Jr., who passed away Feb. 3, 2006; granddaughter, Emily Tanner; and brother, Dick Channing.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Secor Funeral Home in Willard. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the funeral home, with Pastor Ron Jesse officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Steuben UCC Church, Stein Hospice or to the Alzheimer's Association.
Condolences may be made to her family by visiting secorfuneralhomes.com.