Ethel Evelyn Friesen peacefully passed away on August 29, 2021 at Seasons Retirement Community in Camrose, AB. Ethel was born in Loon Lake on June 22, 1926 to Clifford and Evelyn (Molly) McDowell. In October of 1947, she married Kenneth Bowler and together they raised three children, Timothy, Katheryn and Harley. Ken worked in construction and they lived in many different places during those years. Ken and Ethel were avid fishermen and enjoyed many camping and fishing trips with their family and friends. Ken passed away suddenly in August of 1989 and after spending a few years on her own Ethel married a family friend, Abe Friesen. They lived in Wetaskiwin for a few years and then moved to Camrose. Ethel and Abe enjoyed square dancing and traveling and just being together in their retirement. Ethel was an excellent seamstress and she did many crafts. She especially enjoyed needlework and had many beautiful framed pieces in her home. Wherever she lived she took pride in her home and it was always immaculate, as was she. It was devastating to see dementia and the covid situation take some of that away from her in her last year. However, she was upbeat and feisty through it all.
At the age of 95, Ethel was predeceased by many of her loved ones: her father, Clifford (1978); her husband, Ken (1989); her son, Harley (1999); her mother, Evelyn (Molly) (2002); her sister, Donalda Morton (2005); her brother, Allan McDowell (2014); her husband, Abe Friesen (2016); her brother-in-law, Grant Morton (2017); and her son-in-law, Douglas Sepke (2020).
Ethel is survived by: her son, Timothy Bowler of Dorintosh, SK; her daughter, Katheryn Sepke of Allan, SK; her grandchildren, Cory, Sharla, Michael, Anthony and Christopher; her several great grandchildren; her brother, Ron (Adelma) McDowell; her sister, Marilen (Bruce) Weremchuk; her two nephews and several cousins. She is also survived by Abe’s children, Darcy (Teresa), Cheryl (Vern) Berg, and Charlene (Mark) Petryshyn, and their families.
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