Elizabeth Bowman Burns, Class of 1945

Posted Aug 13, 2020

Elizabeth Bowman Burns ’45 died Jan. 9, 2020. She was born July 24, 1922 in Westerville, OH to the late Charles ’24 and Inez (Drum) Bowman and graduated from Otterbein College. “Jean” was involved in choir, student government, Pho Kappa Delta (Arcady) sorority and played basketball, softball and tennis.

Jean was a music teacher for 23 years at Franklin City Schools where she was also inducted into their Hall of Fame, and also started the Village Singers in Franklin, which she directed for many years. She was a member of Belmont UMC in Kettering where she was the choir director for 25 years, and was a member of the Kettering Community Chorus.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband John Burns, her brother James Bowman and sister in law Barbara Burns. Jean is survived by her sister Joyce ’55 (Jim) Barnhill and their daughter Carolyn ’83; brother in law Dean (Dorothy) Burns, brother in law Delmar Burns, sister in law Jean Bowman and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.