Freda Lavera (Briant) Bowden

Freda Lavera (Briant) Bowden was born on March 22, 1925, the second child of Claude Elton and Fay (Marken) Briant in Matheson, CO. She passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, KS. Services will take place Thursday, January 17, at McGilley & Hoge Chapel, 8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204. Visitation will be at 10 am followed by the Celebration of Life at 11 am. The burial will be at 3:30 pm in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Admire, KS. The burial ceremony is also open to the public. Freda is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Brian Hancock of Olathe, KS; her son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Grace Bowden of Ft. Worth, TX; five grandchildren: Sarah, Drew, Paul, Breanna and Tanner; five great-grandchildren: Kendall, Coralyn, Jacob, Nova and Ellery. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Clara Marie and George Smith of Topeka, KS and sister-in-law, Margaret Briant of Topeka, KS. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews and extended family. Freda was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Elton Briant in 1979 and Fay Marken Briant in 1982; her two brothers, Carl Frederick Briant and Claude “Elton” Briant Jr both in 2002. She most recently lost her husband of 68 years, Noel “Marvin” Bowden in 2017. Noel “Marvin” Bowden and Freda Lavera Briant were married on April 10, 1949 in Topeka, KS. After marriage, they lived in Emporia for 2 years then moved to Wichita, KS where they would live for 57 years. They had both of their children there, Joyce Noelene in 1951 and Steven Leslie in 1953. In 2008, they moved into an assisted living in Olathe, KS. They celebrated their 65th Anniversary in 2014. Not only was Freda a dedicated wife and mother, she was a successful career woman and active church member as well! From 1959 to 1980, she was the Supervisor of Central Records at The Inst of Logopedics in Wichita. From 1980 to 1990, she worked as Secretary in the PT Dept at WSU. She and Marvin were members of North Hillside Baptist Church from 1955 to 1970, University Baptist Church from 1970 to 1989 and finally Metropolitan Baptist Church from 1989 until the day they moved from Wichita. She participated fully in their church with roles as Sunday School Teacher, Church Clerk, Financial Secretary, working in the Nursery and singing in the choir. She loved singing Alto in the family quartet. She and Marvin also sang many duets together. They instilled a love and talent for music that is still going strong all the way through her great-grandchildren. Marvin and Freda enjoyed every second of their retirement. After developing a love for camping in a tent with their own kids, they graduated to mobile campers and RVs. Freda combined her love of travel with her love of genealogy, writing and making new friends and decided to research the Bowden family tree. She spent years researching and meeting new Bowdens all over the country. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Full obituary and condolences may be left at

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