Obituary: Loss of ‘true blue girl’ Aileen Bowles

The Eden VIEW Club – together with the Eden community – is mourning the loss of the club’s much loved president, Aileen Bowles, who passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2017.

FAMILY CELEBRATION: Aileen Bowles with her husband John at their grandson's wedding in November 2010. Picture: Courtesy Bowles family

FAMILY CELEBRATION: Aileen Bowles with her husband John at their grandson's wedding in November 2010. Picture: Courtesy Bowles family

Mrs Bowles, 78, is remembered as a “can-do person” who was half-way through her third year as president. 

“Aileen was a true blue girl, always concerned for other members’ health and well being,” VIEW Club vice-president Anne Comery said.

“It is difficult to express how much she will be missed, but I will say she soldiered on in her life the only way she knew how, with compassion and a true sense of love and caring,” she said.

“Aileen was a dear friend to all and a true leader, taking on fundraising activities with the only way she knew – full commitment.” 

Aileen Grace Evans was born on March 15, 1939, in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton, the second eldest of seven children.

She married John Henry Bowles on December 21, 1957, in Preston, and the couple moved to other suburbs around Melbourne.

They moved to Pambula in 1989 where John and Aileen owned and managed the Kalorama Caravan Park, before retiring to Twofold Bay, Boydtown, in 1992.

Aileen turned her passion for sewing and dressmaking into casual work, making wedding dresses for Gayle Moorhead.

In 1993, Aileen began volunteering at the Eden Killer Whale Museum, working in archives and growing the museum’s collection from a few boxes to a functioning library. She stopped after 21 years due to ill health.

She also volunteered at Eden Coastal Patrol, later known as Marine Rescue, for eight years from 2007.

Aileen is survived by John, her sons Dale and Philip, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She will be farewelled in the Clavering Park Crematorium Chapel, Wolumla, on Friday, August 11, at 2pm.

VIEW Club members are asked to dress in purple and white if possible.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Aileen  Bowles, Anne Comery, Veronica Valderamma, Michelle Wilkie and Liz Shelly at a recent VIEW Club Christmas in July fundraiser. Picture: Courtesy VIEW Club

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Aileen Bowles, Anne Comery, Veronica Valderamma, Michelle Wilkie and Liz Shelly at a recent VIEW Club Christmas in July fundraiser. Picture: Courtesy VIEW Club

To acknowledge Aileen’s passing, a VIEW Club meeting with coffee and cake will be held at the Rusty Plough on Monday, August 14 at 10am, to which all her friends are welcome to attend.

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