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Originally published: 2014-01-21 09:25:36
Last modified: 2014-01-21 09:25:36

Betty Lee Bower

The world is a little less bright with the loss of our sister, aunt, niece, and friend, Betty Lee Bower, who left us on January 15, 2014.

Betty was a spirited, determined, creative soul. She loved gemstones, the beach, birds (especially Keet), singing, her kitty Dali, playing the piano, the mountains of North Carolina, and her family.

Born and raised in Ohio, she also made her home in Florida and California before coming "back home" to North Carolina.

She was an artist, a doting aunt, a loyal sister, and a beloved partner and friend.

She was "big sister" to David Bower of Charlotte, John Bower (wife, Laura) of West Jefferson, Marguerite Moltz (husband, Ray) of Blowing Rock, and Virginia Bower of Asheville; and partner to Orion Levi, Blowing Rock.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Betty and Dave Bower, and her sister, Kathy Bower (1952-1969).

She is also survived by her uncle, David Barnes of Lenoir; her aunt, Sally of Mountain City, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews, Johnny and Addie Bower, Rachel, David and Jenny Moltz, Nola and Marin Bower-Smith, Sarah and David (IV) Bower; grandneice, Tilley Bower; grandnephew, Ira Paterni.

A remembrance gathering is planned for friends and family with date to be determined. We love you, Betty, and miss you greatly.

Online condolences may be left at

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.