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Caren F. Bowden

August 18, 1958 ~ December 14, 2020 (age 62) 62 Years Old

Caren Bowden Obituary

Caren Allison Frazier-Bowden was born August 18, 1958 in Philadelphia PA. An only child, born to the late Carl and Constance Frazier, she was surrounded by love from doting aunts and uncles as well as adoring grandparents, Edward and Catherine Reynolds.

Caren met and fell in love with Charles Bowden. The two were wed and from that union, Courtney Alexandria came forth into the world.

Caren was the ultimate caretaker of family, friends and neighbors. She viewed herself as a servant designed by God to help His people, especially the elderly. She graduated from Temple University with a degree in Social Work and continued her mission to better the lives of the elderly and others who crossed her path. She cherished the work she did as the Director of the Spring Garden Senior Center and then as a social worker for the Philadelphia Senior Center. She just loved "old people" as she sometimes joked and was determined to enhance their lives any way she could. This, gave her joy.

Caren loved her family and friends. She enjoyed entertaining and would feed anyone and everyone at the drop of a hat. She may have only birthed one child but she was "Mom" to so many others. Caren was also "Gammom". Her granddaughter, Harper, whom she affectionately dubbed Pumpkin, was her latest joy! 

Caren loved the Lord! Joining the Second Macedonia Baptist Church at a young age, she earnestly and emphatically showed that love in word, deed and song. And Caren could sing! She could "sing you happy!” She shared her distinctive and melodic voice on several church and community choirs including Spiritual Fellowship, founded by the late Maria McAllister. Singing was another of her joys.

Loving - Compassionate - Joyful - Full of Praise!

On Monday, December 14, 2020, God called Caren home. She will be lovingly remembered and cherished by: her daughter, Courtney Alexandria; granddaughter, Harper Anita Lynn; and her beloved, Charles Bowden ~ Adoringly missed by aunts, Dorothy Brown of Mt. Vernon, NY, Juanita Reynolds, Georgia Reynolds and Alice Pinkett (William); cousins, Barbara Thornton of Jamestown, NC, James Reynolds Jr (Korbin) and Jason Pinkett ~ Heartbreakingly missed by her "extra" family, John, Joanne, Morgan (Blanche), Leslie and Christina Russell; and sorrowfully missed by special friends, Debbie Wallace, Sandra Jones; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Caren Allison Bowden ~ forever loved.


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Graveside Service
December 23, 2020

12:00 PM
Ivy Hill Cemetery
1201 Easton Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19150


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