Obituaries: Sarah Bowman Hann

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From: The Alexandria Town Talk, June 25, 2005

Sarah "Ms Sarah" Bowman Hann

Services for Sarah Bowman Hann "Ms Sarah" will be held at 10 a.m., on
Monday, June 27, 2005 at the Sts. Francis and Anne's Catholic Church in
Kolin, Louisiana with Father Rick Gremillion officiating. Internment
will follow in Liberty Chapel Cemetery, Williana, under the direction
of Hixon Brothers Funeral Home, Pineville.

Mrs. Hann, 80, of Kolin, peacefully entered eternal rest on Wednesday,
June 22, 2005, in Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria.

Born in Colfax, Ms. Sarah spent most of her formative years in Alexandria.
A graduate of Bolton High School and LSU, Baton Rouge where she received
her degree in accounting. As a dedicated wife, she spent her married life
supporting her husband's military career, wherever in the world that led
them. She organized the bookkeeping for the organization that became
NATO in post war Germany. After his death, she returned to her central
Louisiana roots. Most recently, she has resided in Lexington House,
Alexandria.

Ms. Sarah, as she was fondly called, was a member of Sts. Francis and
Anne's Catholic Church for many years. She was also an active member of the
local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Hann penned
a genealogical work entitled Nugent Pioneers of Central Louisiana. She was
an avid crafter, especially known for her painting and needlework.

She was preceded in death by her husband of thirty years, SGM Willard H.
Hann; her mother and father, Henry C. and Sarah Ida Nugent Bowman; four
sisters: Henrietta Hay, Vera Arrington, Mildred Duggan, and Viola Criswell;
three brothers: Horace Bowman, Vernon (John) Bowman, and Jesse Bowman;
and one grand-daughter, Karyn Faye Smith.

Mrs. Hann is survived by three daughters: Carolyn Hann of Kolin, Kathryn
Smith and husband Ferd, also of Kolin, and Ruth Rice and husband, Jim, of
San Diego, Cali.; two grandchildren, Nathan A. Smith and Lindsay E. Smith;
one brother, Howard Bowman and wife Millie, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; three
sisters-in-law: Edith Cerasi of Carson City, Nev., Marilyn Bowman of Laluz,
N.M., and Barbara Bowman of Alexandria; numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition, she leaves a host of loving friends behind.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Nathan Smith, John Bowman, Harold Tyson,
Louie Smith, Francis Bordelon, and Ryan Ray.

Honorary pallbearers are Ferd Smith, James M. Hay, Mark Cerasi, Larry Hutson,
Clayton Everson and David Nugent.

Memorials may be made to Sts. Francis and Anne's Catholic Church Building
Fund, 143 Booner Miller Road, Deville, La. 71328 or to Liberty Chapel
Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 91, Dry Prong, La. 71423.

Friends may call Sunday at Hixon Brothers, Pineville from 4 p.m. until
9 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2005. A Christian Wake Service will be held
at 7 p.m. with Rev. Jim Foster officiating.

On Monday, June 27, 2005, friends may call from 9 a.m. until of services
at Sts. Francis and Anne's Catholic Church.

(Footnote added: Sarah Ida Earl Bowman 11/21/1925 - 6/22/2005 married
Willard Harry Hann 2/04/1918 - 3/11/1972 on 9/11/1942. She spent many
years collecting and organizing genealogical records on Grant Parish
and Central Louisiana family groups. She leaves a priceless legacy of
recorded family histories for others to trace their ancestors.)