OAKLAND – Earlene V. Bowen, 85, of Oakland, passed unexpectedly on Feb. 17, 2021, at Northern Lights Eastern Maine Medical Center, in Bangor. She was born in Waterville on April 6, 1935, the daughter of Merle and Lilian (McCarthy) Bickford.

Earlene left great sadness in her wake, that is not how she would of wanted it, she was a spit fire to the end.

She will be a jitterbugging in heaven with her husband Kenneth Bowen; her parents Merle and Lillian Bickford; two brothers Franklin and Merle Bickford, and a sister Katherine Bickford.

Earlene leaves behind her beloved daughter Sylvia Bowen; beloved granddaughter Kacey Winingar, grandson Kenneth Sprague; four nephews, Timmy, Michael, Harvey, and Corey, two nieces, Cheryl and Cindy; many great great nieces and nephews; many friends and many more loved ones. We all will miss her so much and always will.

A spring graveside service will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery, in Waterville.

Arrangements are in the care of Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 26 Church Street, Oakland, Maine. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Wheeler Funeral Home website: http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com

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