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Pagosa Springs resident Nina (Lena) Bowden was a warm, kind, generous, fun-loving woman who captivated all those around her. She had a zest for life that was evident in her smile, her laughter and the colorful clothes she wore. Her fierce spirit, the way she enjoyed the game of Bingo, and her natural playful demeanor will be missed. Nina Bowden died Jan. 22. She was 88.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 16, to Rosario Charles DeSimone, a shoemaker, and Mary Beechiana, a homemaker, Nina was one of six children. She spent most of her life in New York, marrying young and raising four children, the oldest and youngest of which are 26 years apart. She moved to Pagosa Springs with her husband, James Bowden, and youngest son, Jimmy, in 1975. When her husband passed away, Nina dedicated herself to volunteering. Throughout the years, she volunteered at several organizations, but it was Archuleta County Senior Services that gave her the most joy. There she found her purpose. There she got back more than she gave. There, her days were filled with love and laughter and a true sense of family. As a resident of Pagosa Springs for 38 years, she loved every moment of every day.
Nina is survived by her loving family: sons Harold and Jimmy; daughter Mary; grandchildren Angela, Terri, Tracy, Bernard, Brian, Jena, Ariane and Lauren; and great-grandchildren Julian, Isaac, Andrew and Makenzey.
It rained the day Nina left us. We would all like to believe it was because the angels in heaven were crying for joy as they welcomed her home.