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|Mary L. Bowermaster|
|Born:||Thursday, July 26, 1917|
|Died:||Friday, March 04, 2011|
Bowermaster, Mary L. passed peacefully March 4, 2011, with her family at her side. Mary was born July 26, 1917, in Wellsville, OH, to Leander and Dulcenia (Hoskins) Bowling. Mary enjoyed a long, good life. She married Donald Bowermaster in 1935. They enjoyed 62 years together, raising 2 sons. Family came first to Mary. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She worked in the Butler County schools
as a nurses aide. Following treatment for breast cancer at the age of 62, Mary began
her second career as a senior track and field competitor. For over 25 years, she
competed nationally and internationally in both the Seniors and Masters Olympics,
where she set many World Records in track and field events in each age group. She
competed in the Masters Track and Field World Championships in Rome, Melbourne,
San Juan and Portland, Oregon. Mary is a member of the following Halls of Fame -
Ohio Women’s (1995), Ohio Senior Citizens (2000), Ohio Senior Olympics (2005), US
Masters Track & Field (2000) and Butler County Sports (1992). She was named the
Greater Cincinnati Women Sports Association Senior Sports Woman of the Year (1997),
US Masters Track and Field Athlete of the Year (1987-89-90-91-2000), Hamilton Journal
News Top Senior Athlete, Ohio Magazine Top Field Athlete and awarded the Butler
County ALTRUSA International Outstanding Character in Athletic Achievement. She
was an Olympic Torch Carrier for the Salt Lake Winter Olympics in 2002. She appeared
on national TV, including ESPN, 48 Hours and CBS Sunday Morning. Mary is featured
in the book Two Hundred Women from Ohio: Profiles of Achievement, 1803-2003.
During the years she competed, Mary carried the message of recovery and senior
fitness, speaking before women’s groups, civic groups and cancer support groups
throughout Ohio and the US.
Mary is survived by her sons, Dr. Russell (Sally) Bowermaster and Dr. Don (Gloria)
Bowermaster, 3 grandchildren, Wendy Bowermaster Williams, Jennifer (Steve)
Bowermaster Rauber, and Derick (Traci) Bowermaster, 3 great-grandchildren and many
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and grandson, Brad.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family. The Avance Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family. In
lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Mercy Hospital Nurses Scholarship
Fund, 3000 Mack Road, Fairfield, OH, 45014. Condolences may be offered at www.avancefuneralhome.com