Shawna “Bobbi” Bowen Lopez, who loved to be called Mom and Nana, departed her loving family on April 6, 2023. During the last 8 years of her life, she suffered daily from a variety of health issues, yet they never stopped her from giving out the best smiles and hugs. Our Mommy was a Koa (Warrior), she never gave up! Through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly looks like.
Bobbi was born in Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina on Halloween of ‘63, to her proud parents Victor and Afton Bowen. She has two brothers Paul and Scott, with whom she enjoyed many childhood memories. Her father was an officer in the Air Force, so they were always moving.
They traveled to 49 states and 23 countries! She was always making new friends in new schools.
This is probably why she was so diverse and could get along with anyone, anywhere. In 1985 she
moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, the only state she hadn’t been to. That’s where she spent most of her life, raising her 7 kids, with fierce love and devotion. Bobbi enjoyed Karaoke,
Scrabble, Tetris, scrapbooking, driving fast cars, farming, but most of all, fishing. She was an avid fisherwoman, and she was good at it! She competed in neighborhood fishing competitions, and she usually pulled up the biggest fish. She truly embraced the Hawaii Aloha spirit and quickly earned her “Local” patch.
In 2012, with most her kids and grandkids, she settled in St George Utah to be close to her aging parents. Every Sunday, she took us on a new adventure until she couldn’t anymore. This is her final resting place but best believe she is back in Hawaii fishing her heart out.
Bobbi enjoyed owning a farm in Pepeekeo, Hawaii with her husband Benny for 10 years. Later she had many different jobs but a career in law enforcement was her calling. She used the negotiating and nurturing skills she learned from being our mother, to run a cell block with a balance of structure and compassion.
Bobbi is survived by husband Benigno, children Tamera(Triston), Andrew, Eric (Liz), Carlos(Jenny), Jasmine, Raven(Alex), and Bryan(Sherrie); 21 grandchildren Devin, Cheyenne, Kaber, Koa, Ocean, Zaiden, Jeremiah, Skylar, Axton, Jaleel, Jasiah, Moises, Anthony, Emilio, Gizell, Jazmin, Abel, Jerzie, Delton, Haveah and Manaiya; 3 great grandchildren Asia, Kalikiano, Kainoa; brothers Scott(April) and Paul(Claudia), 6 nephews, 7 nieces, 5 aunts, 5 uncles, lots of cousins and MANY hanai children. She loved and was loved by anyone who met her and once she loved you, you were Ohana for life.
She was preceded in death by both her parents, her father just in January. He was her best friend. A hui hou mommy, until we meet again….
There will be a visitation Thursday, April 13, 2023, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.
The Graveside service will be Thursday, April 13, 2023, 1:00 pm at the Washington City Cemetery, 300 Park View Drive, Washington, Utah.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Bobbi’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com