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Lula Bess Keese Bowen

April 16, 1917 September 5, 2018
Lula Bess Keese Bowen
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Obituary for Lula Bess Keese Bowen


Westminster – Lula Bess Keese Bowen, 101, widow of the late Dewey Ryal Bowen, 5857 West Oak Hwy, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at her residence.

A native of Oconee County, she was the daughter of the late Elijah Bibb and Bessie Mahala Crawford Keese. Mrs. Bowen’s (fondly called Mama B) great family work was centered on the genealogy of her family. She spent many, many hours doing research in libraries, archives, books, and classes tracing the origins of her ancestors. She was so delighted with this work and shared it with all of her family as well as distant relatives. Her labor of many years researching upstate families will be donated to the Faith Clayton Genealogy Room at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, SC.

Another great love for her was the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) organization. She became the Regent of the Walhalla Chapter NSDAR in 1984 and delighted in the meetings, both at home and in other areas/states. She felt that the importance of family history was paramount in her family culture, along with the stories of survival and hard work during the Depression. She and her relatives were hard-working people who lived off the land and worked hard to make their way. She leaves behind a keen interest in family history in many of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also was a proud member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Survivors include her sons, Dewey Keese Bowen of Walhalla, John Ryal Bowen of Oakway, and Edward Eubanks (Tara) of Oakway; daughters, Mahala Bowen Moore (Dennis) of Colbert, GA, and Peggy Bowen Moore (Don) of Westminster; eleven grandchildren; and twenty-four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by brothers, Bill, Samuel, and Martin Keese; and sister, Marguerite Keese.

A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Bethel Baptist Church. A private family burial will follow. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Sandifer Funeral Home.

The family is at the residence. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church Learning Center, 160 Bethel Church Road, Westminster, SC 29693. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting

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6:00 PM 9/8/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/8/2018 8:00:00 PM
Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel

512 East Main Street
Westminster, SC 29693

Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel
512 East Main Street Westminster 29693 SC
United States





2:00 PM 9/9/2018 2:00:00 PM
Bethel Baptist Church

160 Bethel Church Rd
Westminster, SC 29693

Bethel Baptist Church
160 Bethel Church Rd Westminster 29693 SC
United States

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Bethel Learning Center

160 Bethel Church Road
Westminster, SC 29693

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