Nelle Jean was born in Canton on January 12, 1943, a daughter of the late Edward Owen and Harriett (Miller) Bower.
She was a 1960 graduate of Canton High School and later studied at the Jean Summers Business School in Elmira. Nelle Jean was employed several years with Canton’s Parker Hannifin Corp. before retiring. In earlier years, she worked at the Ampex Corp, U.S. Merchant and Marine Academy and the Kings Point Sewing Factory.
Nelle Jean was always one to stay busy and had many interests and hobbies. She was a good cook. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch and she played many a game of Euchre and Cribbage with family and friends. Nelle Jean also loved to go camping and was a talented bowler. For over 24 years she coached bowling to kids.
Most important to Nelle Jean was spending time with her family and every Thanksgiving was a very special blessing. In earlier years she was a member of Grover’s St. John’s United Methodist Church.