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Glenda Bowden

October 16, 1944 ~ May 19, 2020 (age 75)


Glenda Bowden, age 75, of Des Moines died Tuesday afternoon, May 19, 2020 at Mercy Medical Center in downtown Des Moines.

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Glenda's Celebration of Life Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27th at O'Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk.  Burial will follow the services in the Norwalk Cemetery.  Due to COVID-19 we adhere strictly to the written law below regarding funeral and religious gatherings. 

If you are feeling ill please stay home, if you prefer to watch the video on your computer or phone at an off-site location feel welcome to watch Glenda's funeral service live via Face-Book-Live  video streaming on the O'Leary Funeral Services FaceBook page.  You can find a link to this page by going to the Home Screen at www.olearyfunerals.com and clicking the FaceBook icon on the right side of the page.  Be sure to Like our page prior to watching the video.  Please call (515) 981-0700 if you have questions.

[The COVID-19 new rule for funeral services and religious gathering in Warren County, Iowa permit an unlimited number of people to gather for such events; however, if anyone in your household has COVID-19, has a temperature, feels ill or suspects that they may have been exposed you're strongly suggested to stay home and watch the service via FaceTime Live via the O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services FaceBook page.  A link to the page can be found on the main menu screen at www.olearyfunerals.com]

Glenda's Open-Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26th at O'Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk.  Due to COVID-19 we strictly limit the number of people in the funeral home facility during visitation hours and some guest may be asked to wait outside before being allowed to enter.  The Open-Visitation consist of a day of viewing and visitation for family and friends to freely come and go as they choose.  Take some time and watch her life video tribute, pay your respects at the casket, read the flower and gift cards.  You may have the opportunity to visit with a member of the family but there is no guarantee.  

[Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are only allowed 10 people during visitation hours to be present in the building during this time.  For questions concerning either the funeral or the visitation please call the funeral home at (515) 981-0700.]


Glenda’s Life Story

     Glenda Lynne, the third of four children born to Raymond Carl and Hazel Lodema Schwartz, was born October 16, 1944 in Carroll, Iowa.  She attended North High School and graduated in 1963.  She met her first husband Danny Ray Hill downtown Des Moines, scooping the loop, at the age of 18.  They were married and blessed with two children, Laurie and Troy.

     When younger, Glenda enjoyed riding horses, going to sock hops, and going to the local ice cream parlor with her best friend, Linda.  Glenda’s first job was at the Younkers downtown where she worked with her mother.  This perhaps is what started her love affair of shopping!

     In 1977, a guy (Larry) saw a girl (Glenda) at a bar in Norwalk and he could not take his eyes off her.  They quickly fell in love and were married shortly thereafter in 1978 at their home in Norwalk, IA.  Larry was married previously and had 2 children as well: Kathryn & Joe. 

     Glenda’s most treasured moments where the births of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Her house was the place for the family to gather during weekends and Holidays.  Glenda also enjoyed traveling. One of her favorite trips was to Mackinac Island where she went with her husband and grandchildren, Amanda & Garrett.

     Glenda enjoyed taking her dog, Sarge, to the dog park and meeting up with her friends usually twice a day!  She was an avid watcher of Wheel of Fortune and soap operas which included the “Young & the Restless” and “Bold and Beautiful”.  Glenda loved to shop!  She was constantly watching QVC and frequented Target and Marshalls.  She always had an outfit or a toy ready for her grandbabies.  She also enjoyed shopping for her home and was proud of how she had it decorated (and the many compliments she received).  Despite repeated efforts to have her quit smoking, she held strong to her Pall Malls and could be found with one in hand on her deck soaking up sunshine and drinking her black coffee.

     On Tuesday afternoon, May 19, 2020 Glenda, at the age of 75, died peacefully at Mercy Hospital being held by her granddaughters Amanda and Emily.  She was preceded in death by her parents; one stepdaughter, Kathryn Bowden in 2020; and three brothers, Gary, Gordon and Roger.

     Those left to cherish her beautiful memory include her husband of nearly 45 years, Larry; Daughter, Laurie (Matt) Goodin of Adel; a son, Troy (Heather) Hill of Norwalk; a Stepson, Joe (Pam) Bowden of West Chatham, MA; five grandchildren,  Amanda (Joe), Garrett (Sara), Emily, Hannah and Emma; seven great-grandchildren, Brenden, Rylen, Hazel, Zoey, Peyton, Kyle, and Jake; and several relatives and friends. 

     Her family loved her sassy personality, her quick-witted sense of humor and how she loved us with her whole heart.  Glenda never knew a stranger and always made people feel special and welcomed. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

To send flowers to Glenda's family, please visit our floral store.


Open Viewing (family not present)
May 26, 2020

1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

Celebration of Life
May 27, 2020

10:00 AM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

Graveside Service
May 27, 2020

11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Norwalk Cemetery
Corner of Cherry Street and North Street
Norwalk, Iowa 50211

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