Obituary for Ina Mildred Bowman


Ina Mildred Bowman

October 31, 1931 - June 26, 2020

Ina Mildred (Coleman) Bowman, 88, was called home to her heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 26, 2020.

Ina was born October 31, 1931 in Casey County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of James and Mattie (Murray) Coleman. She worked for Western Electric in Indianapolis, Indiana for 34 years. Later in life, she was employed with The Charity Gaming Division of the Indiana Department of Revenue.

Ina was an American country musician. In the 1940’s-1950’s, she played opening acts for Little Jimmy Dickens, Jimmie Skinner, Bill Monroe, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and other country music singers and songwriters. Most of all, she enjoyed playing guitar and singing with her family at home, at reunions, and at church services.

Ina is preceded in death by her parents, James & Mattie (Murray) Coleman; sister, Elizabeth Stewart; brothers, Lester Coleman, Garland Coleman, & James Edward Coleman; and daughter, Robyn Stearns.

She is survived by her sister, Bessie Yerich; son, Gregory Bowman; grandson, Jason Kimberlin; grand-daughters, Lindsay Bowman, Abigail Bowman, & Jamey Weir; 9 great-grandchildren & several nieces and nephews.

A family memorial gathering will be held at a later date with burial at Greenwood Cemetery in Johnson County, Indiana.

Ashley Brown posted on July 1, 2020

Aunt Ina will forever be one half of "the aunts." Which is what we called her and Aunt Bessie. To this day (just the other day as a matter of fact) I tell my daughter about the corky things Aunt Ina would do. She became my second grandmother and I always knew, that I was one of her picks. We were sorta birthday buddies (she was born on midnight and Grandma Coleman could have picked Halloween or Nov 1, which was my birthday) I'll miss her grabbing my knee, giving it a little shake and saying "I just love you honey." I'll miss her stories about when she traveled and played music. I'll miss her voice and I'll miss her love for Kentucky basketball. I'll miss her shocking sense of humor and I'll miss the confidence she gave me. She always made me feel so smart and like I was a great person and could do anything. I'll just miss her. But I know she isn't hurting anymore. I know she's with Aunt Robyn. She's with her mommy and daddy. She's with her brothers and sister. She and Uncle Lester are picking guitars and singing hymns. I love you so much Aunt Ina and your memory will always live on. To Uncle Greg, my cousins Jason, Jamey, Abby, and Lindsay, I love you all and if you need anything, please let me know. Your grandma was incredible and that fiery spirit of hers, lives on in you.

Lindsay Bowman posted on July 1, 2020

My grandma has been called home. I believe the Lord took her before this world got any worse. She was a fighter and fought until the end. I will miss her sweet voice,comforting hugs, and sweet kisses. I love the memories I have of her singing with my dad and my uncle Lester. It tickled me when she would yodel. Grandma I hope you are with Robyn I know you always missed her and your mommy and daddy. Now you can rest.

Abby posted on July 1, 2020

Missing my grandma very much. I remember my father and her singing gospel or country songs and playing guitar when I was younger. I would ask her to yodel, because I just couldn't figure out how she did it so well. She always had a great story to tell. I enjoyed watching her facial expressions when someone would tell her something ridiculous. We would occasionally slow dance together (even if we weren't playing music) LOL. She always gave the best hugs. She was a firecracker.

Rosslyn Lamphire posted on July 1, 2020

So sorry to hear about my sweet cousin Ina. She was always a very sweet and talented woman.Will miss the few times we shared and loved to hear her play guitar and sing. I'm sure she's singing the praises of our saviour and master Jesus Chist our Lord.May God be with her thru the walk to heaven where she will be united with the rest of her loving family.


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