Helen Y. Bowen, 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 28, 2017, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Bowen was predeceased by her parents, Durwood and Nora Youngs; brother, Donald Youngs. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Pastor Emeritus Herbert Bowen; children and their spouses, Deborah and Marvin Persons, David and Mitzi Bowen, John Bowen, Jennifer and Michael Lavin; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, William and Marilyn Youngs; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Lorraine Bowen; sister-in-law, Susan Trueworthy and her friend, Larry Meracle; several nieces and nephews. Helen was an elementary school teacher for over 35 years, teaching for the Cooperstown School District and the Newfield School District. Helen will be remembered for her smile that could light up a room, her sense of style and her spunky spirit. The family would like to extend their appreciation to their friends, Helen’s care providers and many hospice workers for all the care and compassion given to her. Memorial Services will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Owego United Methodist Church, 261 Main St., Owego, NY. with the Pastors Jamie Stevens and Alan Jagger, officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church. The grandchildren request that you honor their Mimi by wearing something purple in her memory. Memorial contributions may be made in Helen Y. Bowen’s memory to Owego United Methodist Church, 261 Main St., Owego, NY 13827 or Lourdes Hospice, 169 Riverside Drive, Suite 103, Binghamton, NY 13905.