Jacqueline Marie Dean Bowers was born on July 14, 1955, to the late Bennie Dean Jr. and Susan Dean in Harrisburg, Pa. She was one of ten children born from this union. She was fondly nicknamed “Pet” by her siblings. Jackie peacefully transitioned at home on April 20, 2022.
Jackie received her education within the Harrisburg School District and was a member of the Class of 1973. Jackie accepted Christ and was baptized at the former Warren Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. She worked as a secretary for the former Dean’s Fuel Oil, but her true dedication was working as a telecommunications operator for UPMC for 31 years.
On July 25, 1972, Jackie was blessed with a beautiful son, that she named Terrell Lajuan Dean. Terrell brought so much joy in her life and through the years they maintained a close bond that was unmeasurable.
Throughout, her journey through life Jackie met her future husband. On September 7, 1996, after a ten-year courtship she married the love of her life James Bowers. Their intimate union continued for 26 years until God called her home.
During her leisure she enjoyed crocheting, bingo, reading and playing interactive games. She loved family gatherings, eating out and traveling.
In addition to her parents, Jackie was predeceased by her loving siblings; Constance Hicks, Daryl, Dale, Bennie III, Shelia Dean and Barbara Dean Johnson. She is survived by her husband James Bowers, son Terrell Dean, siblings Rev. Beverly J. Hicks, Ronald, and Anita Dean. Holding a special place in Jackie’s heart is her loving niece/daughter Samira Randolph and her children Apiphanee, Amir, Ariyah and Amari and a host of other relatives and friends.
Your presence on earth will be greatly missed for you have fought a good fight and finished the race. Now your eternal home awaits you. To God Be the Glory for a life well lived! Your light shall continue to shine through all of us!
We little knew that morning that God would call your name.
In life we loved you dearly.
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you
but you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you
That day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories.
Your love is still out guide
And though we cannot see you.
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one
The chain will link again.
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