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The Bowens celebrate 70 years of marriage

Posted: July 13, 2012 9:53 a.m.
Updated: July 16, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Murdic and Beulah Bowen

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“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”

-- Mignon McLaughlin


There is no blueprint for a successful marriage, there are only ingredients. God, love, devotion, patience and understanding are only a few of these ingredients. Murdic and Beulah Bowen have discovered the recipe for a long and happy marriage as they celebrated their 70th anniversary as husband and wife on July 3rd of this year.

Murdic Bowen met Beulah Monroe on a blind date in September 1939 and after three years of “courting” they were married on July 3, 1942. Five months after their wedding, Dec. 3, 1942, Murdic was called to report to the U.S. Army and serve in World War II. He served in the states as well as the European Theatre in General Patton’s 3rd Army, HQ Co. 94th Division. He chauffeured the chief of staff, officers and entertainers who visited troops such as Bob Hope and his sidekick Jerry Colonna. Murdic was in combat in Germany and several other countries until the war was over.  

When Murdic returned home to his bride Beulah, they began their life together which resulted in three children: Beverly (Larry) Nates, Glenda Morris and Lynn (Mike) Nelson. They have six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren who all love and cherish them. They have lived in the Northeast area most of their lives and are longtime residents of Richland County. They both enjoyed successful careers, Murdic in textiles, a mercantile business as well as the used car business. Beulah worked in a number of positions at C&S National Bank over a 40-year career. She still stays plugged in by keeping in touch with friends and family on Facebook.

Faith has always been a vital part of their life. Both are longtime members of Highway P.H. Church and over the years, Murdic and Beulah have served in a number of positions in the church.

After retiring, they both remained very active in various ways. They especially enjoyed their daily three-mile walks with local “mall walkers”.

Their 70-year union and unyielding loyalty and devotion to one another have served as an inspiration to their family and friends.


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