June F. Bowman

[ Age 74 ] Jiffy Lube franchise co-owner

September 25, 2007

June F. Bowman, a Jiffy Lube franchise co-owner and avid gardener, died of lung cancer Sept. 18 at the home of a daughter in Agawam, Mass. The former Laurel resident was 74.

The former June Frances Lortz was born and raised in Lansdowne and graduated in 1951 from Forest Park High School.

She was married in 1954 to Robert Bowman Sr., who later retired from the Army.

The couple, who later divorced but remained business partners, opened their first Jiffy Lube in Laurel in 1982, which they followed with a second in Beltsville.

Earlier, Mrs. Bowman had worked as a waitress at Jim's Hideaway, a well-known Odenton crab house.

While living in Laurel, Mrs. Bowman was an active member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. She was an active fundraiser for McDaniel College, where several of her children had earned their degrees.

She was a master gardener and enjoyed designing and planting floral and water gardens. She also liked interior decorating.

Mrs. Bowman, who was semiretired at the time of her death, had been living in Agawam since 1997.

Services were held Friday.

In addition to her former husband, Mrs. Bowman is survived by a son, Robert "Robbie" Bowman Jr. of Glenwood; three daughters, Korby Bowman-Clark of Agawam, Gail B. Mathes of Feeding Hills, Mass., and Leslie Jackson of Raeford, N.C.; a brother, Francis "Kippy" Lortz Jr. of Baltimore; two sisters, Carol Liberto of Melbourne, Fla., and Barbara Haley of Palm Bay, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

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