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March 11, 1929 ~ November 17, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Lois Fouts Bowen passed from this life on the evening of November 17, 2023, with her devoted husband of 71 years, Robert A. Bowen, affectionately known as Pougie, by her side.
Known as Lois to some, Mama to others, and Grand Lois or Grandmama to many, she was born in South Haven, Michigan, to Leslie and Bertha Fouts. She was the sister of “Sonny,” MSG Army Leslie J. Fouts Jr. The Fouts family moved from Michigan to Virginia before settling in College Park, GA. Lois pursued her education at Michigan State University and Bessie Tift College, later returning to College Park, where she worked at Delta Air Lines.
In College Park, Lois met the love of her life, Pougie Bowen, at a Georgia Military Academy football game. Lois always said the moment she and Pougie saw each other was love at first sight. They were married on December 15, 1951, just shy of 72 years ago.
Lois and Pougie were blessed with four children—Connie, Robert, Leslie, and Charlotte—along with 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Lois’s life centered on her family, church, and community. She was a member of the Canterbury class at First Presbyterian Church in Macon. Lois was also a member of the Junior League of Macon and served as President of the Hillandale Garden Club. She loved being outdoors, whether at the beach, pool, or in her yard. She was a skilled seamstress, but she could often be found passionately caring for two acres of yard. She was particularly protective of her John Deere tractor, especially after it ended up in the creek the one time she allowed someone else to drive it.
Lois and Pougie loved to travel but were not ones to leave their children behind. They would drive a carload to Fernandina or Colorado and explored Europe in a VW Bus. Their travels together continued for decades.
Lois Bowen is survived by her husband Robert A. Bowen Jr., son Robert Bowen, daughters Leslie Bean and Charlotte (Brian) Bogle, son-in-law Paul Hart, and 12 grandchildren: Katie Hart, Andrew (Angie) Hart, Elizabeth (Devlin) Foster, Mary Adger Bowen, Rudy Bowen, Anna (Patrick) Ruetschlin Bean, Jonathan (Brittany) Bean, Fletcher (Lacie) Bean, Clarissa (Tyler) Cribb, Bradford Bean, Holly (William) Staton, and Evan Bogle.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Bertha Fouts, her brother Sgt. Leslie J. Fouts Jr., her daughter Connie Bowen Hart, son-in-law Brian Bean, and daughter-in-law Ann Bowen.
The family expresses heartfelt thanks to everyone at Carlyle Place for the outstanding care provided to Lois and the kindness shown to her family during this mournful time.
A service to celebrate Lois's life will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Hart's at the Cupola located at 6324 Peake Road, Macon, GA 31210. The family will greet friends following the service at the funeral home. Burial will be private at Riverside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the community through a donation to the charitable organization of your choice.