Ruby Jacqueline Bower (Jacquie), 82, of Los Gatos, Calif., passed away on Jan. 31, 2013, after a short illness. Jacquie was born March 7, 1930, in Ontario, Calif., as the eldest child of Paul and Evelyn Ellingsworth. She was raised in West Terre Haute, where she met her future husband, Edward Bower. After graduating from Indiana State University with a master’s degree in Home economics, Jacquie and Ed were married in California while Ed was on leave from the Marine Corps. They lived for a short time in Indiana before making California their home. Jacquie was widowed in 1972 and continued raising their daughters on her own.
While raising her family, Jacquie was active in youth organizations. She then discovered her aptitude for bookkeeping. She worked at her home church, West Valley Presbyterian Church, as well as other, smaller, organizations, for many years. She thoroughly enjoyed her work and, reluctantly, fully retired around her 80th birthday.
She is survived by her three daughters, Kathy Houret of La Grange, Calif., Jayne Bower and her husband Rodger Mohme of Paso Robles, Calif., and Mindy Prow and her husband Greg of San Jose, Calif.; her six grandchildren, Sara Scott of Kansas City, Mo., Cassie MacDonald of Livermore, Calif., Tom Houret of La Grange, Shana Toarmina of San Jose, Tracy Prow and Chelsey Prow of San Jose; her sister, Meribeth Detweiler and her husband Karl of Pleasanton, Calif. In addition, she was like a grandmother to Meribeth’s children Joel, Todd and Jayna Detweiler of Pleasanton, Calif.
Jacquie always had a special place in her heart for her dogs. She derived great joy from all the dogs she had as a part of her family, including her most recent companion, Molly.
A celebration of life was held on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at West Valley Presbyterian Church, in Cupertino, Calif. The commitment ceremony will be held at noon today, Feb. 9, 2013, at Roselawn Funeral Home, in Terre Haute.