December 28, 1924 - July 30, 2017
Doris, a resident of the Brookdale Carriage Club Providence Retirement Community, died on July 30, 2017. She was born in the Bronx, New York on December 28, 1924 to John P. Kuser and Marion P. Kuser. She grew up in Rye, New York, where she spent all her free time as a young girl skating at the rink at Playland and playing on the shores of Rye Beach. She had a great sense of style and dreamed of being a buyer for one of the finest department stores in New York City. Her mother did not think that was a suitable job for a young lady, however, so she enrolled at Westchester Secretarial School. She worked as a secretary in the Empire State Building and slipped out on her lunch hour to shop at Bergdorf Goodman and Lord and Taylor. Even though Doris spent only 27 of her 92 years living in New York, she remained a New York girl in spirit her entire life.
Doris met Jack A. Bowen at the Coveleigh Club in Rye and they were married on June 21, 1947. She worked at Syracuse China while Jack completed his degree at Syracuse University. Difficult though it was, she swallowed her pride and moved to southern New Jersey with Jack's first job. She and Jack raised three children in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. To help with their college tuitions she became a successful real estate agent. Doris and Jack retired to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1988. They loved Charlotte and became active in the Newcomers Club and the Retired Couples Club where they made many wonderful friends. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary before Jack's death in January 2004.
Her shoes and purse always matched; she never wore white after Labor Day; she coordinated every outfit with costume jewelry and she had quite a hat collection in her younger days. She played a decent hand of bridge, formed a gourmet club in Charlotte, had a real talent and passion for interior home design and furnishing; made a mean rum cake and bourbon slush and transformed her backyard into a gardening showplace.
Doris was predeceased by her brother, Donald Kuser. She and Jack are survived by their three children: daughter, Stacey A. Bowen of New York City; daughter, Victoria "Tori" Bowen Kern and her husband, David M. Kern of Charlotte, NC; and son, R. Kirby Bowen and his wife, Frenise L. Bowen of Summerville, SC. She is also survived by four beloved grandchildren: Alexandra J. Kern, Zachary M. Kern, Brooks T. Bowen, and Mackenzie G. Bowen.
The girl had spunk to spare. Bright, vibrant and quick with an off color joke or a sassy comment, Doris was loved by all who knew her. The family will always be grateful to the wonderful staff at The Carriage Club and the devoted people of Hospice & Palliative Care for their compassionate care.
In celebration of Doris's life, the family will receive friends on Sunday, August 6 from 4-7 pm at the home of Tori and David Kern, 2224 Malvern Road, Charlotte. Private interment will be in the Bronx, New York. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to The Alzheimer's Association ("In memory of Doris A. Bowen"). Donations will be applied to research.