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Mary Ellen Bowhay

November 18, 1634 ~ October 23, 2017 (age 382)

Mary Ellen Bowhay, age 82 of Fairbanks, passed away due to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy on Monday, October 23, 2017 at her home with her loving husband, Richard by her side.

Mary was born on November 18, 1934 in Belzoni, Mississippi. Mary had lived in Fairbanks for the last 50 years. Mary was self-employed and operated Alaska Bookkeeping Service from 1975-2015. Mary was a Senior Past President of Emblem Club 109 becoming a member in 1975 until present. She was also the first Lady initiated into Fairbanks Elks Lodge 1551 in 2001 and remained active until her passing. Mary was previously married to Darrell Ridgway from 1956-1958 and Don Creamer from 1971-1973. She married Richard Bowhay in 1987.

Married is survived by her loving husband, Richard of Fairbanks, son Darrell Allen Ridgway of North Pole, daughter, Angela “Angie” Ridge of Fairbanks, granddaughter, Summer Ridgway of North Pole, grandson, James W. Ridgway of North Pole, sisters; Lillie Mellson of Porterville, CA, Ann Stollie of Porterville, CA, Polly Taylor of Cottonwood, CA, and Betty Zenger of Bakersfield, CA, stepsons; Ronald Lee Bowhay of Frisco, TX, Richard Ray Bowhay of Wyoming, James Kalar Bowhay of College Station, TX, Mark Allen Bowhay of College Station, TX, and Fred Ingham of Tyler, TX. Mary was preceded in death by her mother, Lillie Barnett in 2005.

Arrangements were entrusted to Blanchard Family Funeral Home, 482-3232. Online condolences may be made at 

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