Gertrude M. Bowen


Gertrude M. (Emigh) Bowen, 87, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020. Born in Ballston Spa, NY on December 29, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Frances Barss Emigh. Gert grew up in Rock City Falls on the banks of the Kayaderosseras Creek enjoying fishing and swimming during her free time. She was the second of eleven siblings and shared in raising her brothers and sisters.

Gert graduated from Saratoga Springs High School class of 1951 and started working at General Electric soon after. She married her husband James on August 17, 1952. She stopped working to raise her children. While raising her children she helped at her father-in-law’s store, Bud’s Grocery, which was located next door to the home her and her husband James built.

She returned to the workforce after her husband was injured during a work accident. She delivered papers all over the Capital District for the Ballston Journal. She stopped working again when her surprise last child was born in 1969. She returned to the workforce later in life working at Wesley Nursing Home and then sorting apples at Knight’s Orchard in Burnt Hills.

She was the superintendent of the Sunday school at Simpson United Methodist Church in Rock City Falls for many years as well as a long time choir member. In the early 2000’s she felt called to become a Catholic and with two of her daughters joined St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa.

Gert was a self taught artist, loved hunting, fishing and especially her family. Gertrude and her husband James loved vacationing at their favorite spot Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where they had spent their honeymoon.

She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, James W. Bowen Sr., her daughter Jaye Elizabeth who passed on February 15, 2020, her sisters Barbara Cullen, Donna Murtlow, JoAnn Baker, Shirley Malik, Suzan Morris and Sandra Wormuth, brother Dick Emigh, sister-in-law Marion Breason, brothers-in-law Floyd Breason, Bill Malik, James Murtlow, Lewis Wormuth, Roger Morris and nephew Walter Breason.

Gert is survived by her children James W. Bowen, Jr. (Wendy), Jenelle Bowen (George Lovejoy), Jennifer Isachsen (Bruce); grandchildren Kristy Bowen (Kyle Wadsworth), Ryan Isachsen (Cassi), Marisa Bowen, Jamie Quillan (Rob), Evan Isachsen, Caitlin Isachsen and Ashley Butterworth (Rob Bull); great grandchildren Tayton Bowen, Nathaniel Isachsen, Maycee Mae Winney, Lincoln Isachsen, Carter Quillan and Devin Rowden. She is also survived by her brothers Jarvis Emigh (Doris) and Dale Emigh (Karen Barnes) and sister Christine Paro (David), brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Glenn Cullen (Mary), Charles Baker, Bertha Emigh and Margie Klink, many beloved nieces and nephews, especially Joelene Pooler.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am, Thursday December 3 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Ave., Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in North Milton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 2 from 5pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Social distancing and facemasks will be required.

Memorial contributions in memory of Gert may be made to St. Mary’s Church, Simpson United Methodist Church or the charity of one’s choice.

The family would like to thank Saratoga Hospital D-1 nurses, Dr Wong, Dr Sooriabalan and ANP Deanna Veet, and her very special home care providers and friends Louise Kirkpatrick, Marsha Older and Nora Bennett, who allowed her to stay in her own home safe and secure. She loved you very much and her family loves you also.

Guest Book

Chuck & Ruthann Jones

Jimmy, Jennelle, Jennifer and families, we are so sorry for your loss. We were not able to make it to the wake. Your Mom was such an exceptional person. I remember all the family picnics, and clam bakes and all the fun we had together. She always had a smile and laughter. We were all "family" and still are family to this day. Please think of all the good memories and they will not only put a smile on your face but also on your heart to help you through this sad time. Your Mom is at peace and is a new angel in Heaven with her family, your Dad and grandpa Bud and Gag. She is not gone but watching over all of you every day. Please accept our sincere sympathy.
Love, Chuck and Ruthann

Vernon and Claudia Brownell

To the entire family of Gertrude we extend our heartfelt condolences. Gertrude was a wonderful person.
Our best regards,
Vernon & Claudia

Harold & Lisa (Wormuth) Clothier

We will miss and love you forever. I am sorry that they wouldn't allow me to come say bye. But we will all meet again, I believe that you have been shown the way to all your sister's and brothers your mom and dad. We have so many memories that will always be passed down. When you reach my mom and dad will you please give them huge hugs and kisses from us. You are in our hearts and prayers

Emma Mortensen

I love how happy she looks in that picture and know she is happy to be with Jim again She leaves a void but you can rejoice that she is healthy again and will always be looking down after you. She left us with so many good memories to cherish.

Carol Elwell

I was saddened to hear of Gert's passing. I've missed her presence at Simpson these last few years. Her beautiful voice in the choir, along with Jenelle's and Jennifer's, and I will always appreciate her being my children's Sunday school teacher. The Bowen family will be in my prayers for comfort and solace during this difficult time. Take comfort in the knowledge that she has been reunited with all her family who predeceased her -- especially Jim and Jaye. Special prayers to Wendy, Jim, Jenelle and Jennifer. I fondly remember running around the Hannum Street neighborhood with you guys!

Louise Kirkpatrick

Enjoyed the years I spent with Gert, her stories about hunting, and fishing always brought a smile to both of us. She was always positive about her life even when she didn't feel well. Loved to see her family, especially the great grandchildren. Love to bird watch, her bird feeders were busy. My sympathy to all.

Joshua Guard

My heartfelt sympathy to your family.

I had the opportunity to see Gertrude when she came into the store, and she never failed to smile and say “hello.” I know that she’ll be deeply missed by everyone.

My most sincere condolences to the family.

Joe Bowen

My heart goes out to the Bowen family on Gert's passing. I have great memories visiting her family with my dad (Bill Bowen) in Ballston Spa. Although I'm not able to make it to the service, I send condolences from me and my wife, who met Gert a couple of times in the 1980s. Love to all.

Les & Chris Wormuth

We are so sorry for your loss. We have many great memories of your Mom; especially her genuine kindness. We want to share with you that we have a picture she painted hanging in our Kansas home; she loved to paint. We will always cherish this precious gift.

Sara Luptowski

Jennifer I’m so terribly sorry for the loss of your Mother. I understand how devastating. My most heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this most difficult time.

Deborah Clark Paddock

My sincere condolences to you girls and Jim. Also to the grandchildren. It is so hard losing your mom. She was so special and such a kind lady. Hugs to you all.

Kristy Bowen

I am having a very hard time accepting this. I have so much to say, and yet I'm struggling to figure out how to say it. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH

Maureen Stonebraker

Aunt Gert was one of the loveliest people I was blessed to know. Whenever Walt and I visited the family and we’d see her she would always greet us with that smile of hers, a big hug and we knew she was so happy to see us. She has sent me a Birthday and Christmas Card since I became part of the family which meant a lot to me. I Love all of my Ballston Spa Family. You are in my thoughts and prayers at such a difficult time. She is now with the Lord, Uncle Jim and Jaye ❤️❤️❤️

Michele and Ed Gawrys

So very sorry for your loss! Prayers for the entire Bowen family!

Marie Ahl

So sorry to read about Gert's passing. I got to know her from way back when I shopped at Bud's store many years ago. She was a great lady who always had a smile for you. I worked with Ryan at Reserve America. May she rest in peace.