Official Obituary of

Alma E. Bowman

February 7, 1918 ~ March 12, 2024 (age 106) 106 Years Old

Alma Bowman Obituary

Alma E. Bowman, 106, formerly of Brownville, passed away March 12, 2024 at Samaritan Keep Home where she had been a resident.

Mrs. Bowman was born February 7, 1918 in Watertown, son of Walter H. and Emma (Loughlin) Luther. Mrs. Bowman grew up on State Street Hill where her father founded the Luther Gravel Company. She moved from Brownville to Reasoner Road where she remained for her adult life. She graduated from Watertown High School, attending Syracuse University her junior year. Then graduating from the Watertown School of Commerce, From 1948 until her retirement in 1970 she was a payroll clerk for Brownville Paper Company.

On May 11, 1941 she married Kermit G. Bowman at Stone presbyterian Church with Reverend Leon D. Sanborn officiating. Mr. Bowman died November 14, 2004.

She is survived by a son Gary (Barbara) Bowman, Henderson, a daughter, S. Jayne (David) Riboldazzi, Watertown, two grandchildren, Elaina Murdock and Lisa Crawford, four great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. A sister Betty Jayne Baranello died before her.

Grandma Alma (Elmo) was a fun, spirited  and spicy soul. I recall visiting her at her cottage and borrowing her bikini but remember we’re talking about a 60 year old !!  Yes, we made cookies, we shared laughs, and she shared her opinion readily! She was always the last one at the dinner table as she was always laughing and gabbing away! She loved the color red and I always remember sending her red flowers !!! Grandma Alma will be missed for her uncanny humor, hugs, determination but most of all as a grandmother who didn’t act like one! Rest easy G. Alma, we wil miss you dearly.

There will be no services at this time. Arrangements are with D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. Online condolences may be made to

Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090, .

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