Pat N. Bowman Acosta, age 80 Orange, Texas,
Pat N. Bowman Acosta, age 80 of Orange, Texas, passed peacefully at home she shared with her daughter, Angie, going to Our Heavenly Fatheron Sunday, December 10, 2017. What a joyful reunion it had to be, reunited with her husband, Lou, who died in June. Pat joins many loved ones, family and friends. Visitation with fellowship of song and prayers will be held on Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 from 5-8pm at Dorman Funeral Home, who is in charge of arrangements. A Rosary and a Divine Mercy Chaplet will beprayed at 9:45 AM prior tothe Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated at 10:30 AM on Friday, Dec 15, 2017 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orange, Texas. Father Sinclair Oubrewill officiate with Keenan Kelley singing her favorite Christmas song with the St. Francis Choir. Committalwill be at St. Mary Cemetery next to her husband. Patsy Nulon Bowman was born in Hemphill, Texas on May 16, 1937 to Alma Lee Sanford Archer and Homer Bowman of Orange and Starks, Louisiana area. She learned of salvation and scripture from the Salvation Army and attended various churches while growing up. In school, she played basketball and graduated with high marks and many accomplishments. She worked at Zack’s to support herself during this time. Her marriage to Louis Acosta in 1955 moved her to California where they started a family and enjoyed her husband’s family. In 1962 Lou and Pat returned to Orange and were members of St. Mary Catholic Church where their children attended school. Pat and Lou had their last two daughters in TX. Pat loved youth and sports and she loved to attend the yearly festival and coach volleyball with Mary Anderson. She was busy raising children during these years with Aunt Billie and Aunt Lin. Between them they had 13 young children- the Acosta’s, Landry’s and LeBlanc’s- who grew and stayed close as cousins. Church and family sustained Pat and Bill during the tough years after they lost their mother and then Aunt Lin, all too early. Yet, Pat’s motherhood was her greatest joy and healed her heart as the family continued to grow with grand and great-children. Pat was an apostle of Divine Mercy and Lay Apostle of Jesus Christ the Returning King. She, like Lou, devoted a holy hour of adoration every week in various chapels, learning of its importance while watching Bishop Sheen on TV when she was 15. She was an advocate for the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and spiritual retreats and pilgrimages were fun as her children began to join her. Pat attended Cursillo in the early years after Dad did, later attending the ACTS retreat in 2007. She attended Advent Days of Prayer with her dear friend, Shirley Cloudy. Pat knew to overcome anything one had to serve and so began years of volunteering at Orange Christian Services and various soup kitchens. Although she worked many years at Texas Industrial Maintenance she found her calling while working at the hospice home, The Hamlet, and later at Three Rivers Hospice. She showed caring and compassion to all she met and has left a legacy for her children to emulate. Pat and Lou shared a love of faith, family and friends. They took care of people in their respective homes, Melissa, Kelly, Jenny, Robert, Kayleigh, Landonto name a few and lovedall their neighbors and friends,Rosalba, Uriel and so many others. Pat’s parents preceded her in death, as well asher husband, Lou Acosta, whom she had remarried 10 months prior to his death and the two little ones from miscarriages. In this year alone, Pat said good-bye to many loved ones. But, Pat will be an angel for her surviving sister, our beloved Aunt Billie Bowman LeBlanc, who has Alzheimer’sDisease. Pat, who chose to be her sister’s roommate at the Meadows these last few years to see to her needs was her final offering to God. Survivors include one son Tony Acosta and wife Stephanie of Orange, TX. Five daughters; Patricia Harris of Bridge City, TX, Jacqueline Hebert of Port Arthur, TX, Angela Honeycutt and her husband Tim of Orange, TX, Jo Anna Clark and husband Tommy of Beaumont, TX and Jennifer Chapman of Orange, TX. Pat leaves behind eighteen grandchildren, thirty- four great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild to cherish her memory. Pat loved the seasons, the holidays and their festivities, her family and her friends from St Francis, the Optimist where she so enjoyed their holiday decorations and met friends such as Pat M. and Shirley H. and the places where she served. She selflessly gave her time, talent and treasureto many.Momma, like Daddy, loved her God and His Church. She loved till the end, like Courtney Glover, who cared for mom daily in her final month and Fr. Joe and Fr. Sampson who were always at the hospital for spiritual comfort. We are forever grateful. If we have forgotten anyone, be assured Momma did not! In addition to flowers, any donation to Texas Children’s, St. Jude’s Research Hospital or any organization to assist children will be most appreciated. Honorary Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Jacob Harris, Joey Hebert, Shawn Haley, Anthony Acosta, Jeff and Chris Sanchez, Dustin Denham, Derek Denham, Chris Chapman and Kolbe Gus. Bearer of the gifts will be her grand-daughters: Mitzi Harris Carpenter, Andrea Hebert Cole, Jocelyn Marie Trussell, Sarah Acosta and Brianna Sanchez, Megan Marie Denham and Madelyn Clark.