Monroe - Elizabeth Kennedy Ray Bowers was born on December 10, 1956 to mother, Foye Lowe Ray, and father, William Joseph Ray. The angels above had a huge celebration on January 30, 2021 as they welcomed her home. She was survived by brother, Marshall Ray of Wadesboro, and sister, Anne McLean married to Michael McLean currently residing in Pinehurst. Mama was re-united with her older brother William Joseph Ray.
Kenn, as most would know her, had four children that she loved dearly. Daniel, the eldest, Will, next in line, Jill, the first girl, and Maggie, the baby, mama’s rock and best friend. Kenn had three beautiful grandchildren Kaitlyn 11, Ella Ray 8, and Lily Belle almost 2. Her daughter in law’s include Anna Bowers, married to Will and mother of Ella Ray, and Lauren Bowers, married to Daniel and mother of Lily Belle. Kyle Edwards, father of Kaitlyn, is her son in law. Jeff Pucek was her companion, best friend, and partner. Jeff was whatever mom needed him to be and she loved him tremendously, or to the moon and back as she would say. But anyone that knew mama or anyone in her family knew that our immediate family was slightly bigger than most immediate families. Immediate family to mama did not really have anything to do with blood, and that’s the way she lived her life. Mama really truly cared for and loved everyone in her life and it showed. If you were in her life, you were family.
Kenn Bowers was a rock star, plain and simple. My family and I have been comforted over the past few days reading the small notes posted on social media celebrating her life. Mama, as evident by the posts, touched people throughout her life, but the most amazing thing is the amount of people she touched within the past 30 years. The reason for that is because that’s when her battle with multiple sclerosis began. Post after post referenced mama’s work ethic, drive, compassion, love, and all around beautiful soul. We started noticing that a huge number of these people have only known her the past 30 years or less. It takes a special kind of person to live your life that way knowing you are facing a losing battle. Knowing that no matter what you do, barring a medical breakthrough, your time is going to be shorter than most. Knowing that the quality of your shortened time will be impacted greatly, and still living your life as if everyone else is struggling more than you. That is what she did. That is why she’s a rock star.
Mama Kenn, as a lot of you knew her, graduated from Bowman High and attended the University of Chapel Hill. She was the owner/operator, HBIC of the Anson Buyers Guide, and the Anson Express for many years. Kenn was the composing editor of The Enquirer Journal in Union County before retirement. She also had a stint teaching Graphics, and coaching cheerleading at Anson Senior High.
Kenn Bowers was loved by many and will be missed by many. She made the world a better place. We love you mama!
There will be a service to celebrate her life at 2:00 pm Wednesday, February 3, 2021, in the Chapel of Leavitt Funeral Home in Wadesboro.
Following the service, the family will be available to visit with those who are comfortable.