Mae Bower

Mae K. Bower, 104, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Kinder Care Assisted Living, Fargo, ND.

Mae was born May 28, 1916 in Max, ND, one of 13 children born to William and Katherine (Spaeth) Thome. She worked at Woolworths, J.C. Penney’s, and evenings at the 20 Club in Jamestown, where she met Lou Bower. They were married in 1962 and farmed near Kensal, ND where she found her calling to be a farm-wife. Mae loved gardening, especially her flowers, peonies, and her favorite begonias. She liked to sew, especially baby blankets for her grandchildren. Knitting and crocheting kept her hands busy as she and Lou watched the Minnesota Twins during many evenings.

Mae and Lou like to fish, making trips to Jan Lake in Canada in mid-June for 18 years. Among her many hobbies was ceramics. She even had her own kiln.

Mae was most comfortable in the kitchen. Carmel rolls were Louis’ favorite, always needing a second one. She was a traditional housekeeper, cleaning every week whether it needed it or not and ironing kitchen towels and pillow cases. Sunday dinners were so special to Mae. Guests would enjoy her meals and play cards after she cleared the table. Most would leave with a “care package.”

Mae and Lou spent 30 winters in Arizona enjoying the company of friends from all over the country. When Lou passed away in 2010, she moved to an assisted living apartment in Fargo, close to her daughter, Billiette. Dementia gradually took over her life and was blessed with a family of caregivers in her final years. Her timid demeanor and quick humor will be surly missed. “Love You to the Moon!”

Mae is survived by daughter, Shirley Pearson; daughter, Billiette Lund; son, Larry Ross; and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lou Bower; son, Donald Ross; grandson, Kevin Lund; great-granddaughter, Amanda Egger; and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Eddy Funeral Home, Jamestown, with Father Sean Mulligan officiating. A Livestream will be available at Mae’s obituary on

Visitation: One hour before the funeral.

Burial: Kensal Cemetery, Wimbledon.

Arrangements are in the care of Eddy Funeral Home.

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