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Jullie Ann Bowden was born on Wednesday, July 21, 1954, in Cincinnati, OH to John Wesley Bowden, Sr. & Nancy Lee (Dukes) Bowden. She was the third-born out of ten children, and was the first-born girl out of three. Jullie was called home to the Lord on Monday, May 22, 2023, while surrounded by family and friends.
Jullie spent her formative years growing up in the West End and Mount Auburn neighborhoods of Cincinnati. Jullie attended grade school at Mary’s Elementary School in Corryville, Abigail Cutter Junior High School in Over-the-Rhine, and graduated from Hughes High School, in Clifton Heights, class of 1973.
As the oldest daughter, Jullie in essence served as a second mother within the household to her younger siblings, as she would often take on that role to help support the household. Jullie also served in a motherly role to many others whether they were younger relatives, family friends, neighbors, friends of her children or friends of other relatives, she was always there to lend her support in any way she could. She, along with her soulmate, Terry Allen, raised two children of their own, daughter Chellie Bowden, and son Christopher Allen.
Jullie developed a relationship with God early in life, as her family members were long-time members of the historic First Lutheran Church in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. Later in life, she would begin to attend the Tabernacle Baptist Church, then located in Lincoln Heights.
Her professional career saw her serve for many years as a sales associate at Kenner Toys, which she would follow up by obtaining an associate’s degree in the Registered Nursing program at Southwestern Ohio College. Jullie later served many years as a nurse at Jewish Hospital, University Hospital and then later as a private duty nurse through WeCare Private Services. Jullie then served as a Support Services Specialist at the Tender Mercies group home for several more years.
Jullie’s wide-ranging hobbies over the years included traveling & hanging with friends, planting flowers, completing crossword puzzles, playing cards, bingo, shopping online, jamming to her favorite Motown sounds, and waking up on fall monday mornings with hate in her thumbs to trash the Bengals in several texts to her son, Christopher. She also found great joy in watching her favorite TV shows like the Young & the Restless, Columbo, and making fun of the people on any and all of the judge tv shows you can think of, most notably, Judge Mathis & Judge Judy.
To know Jullie, was to know that she was an extremely selfless individual, as she would often speak as highly and as often of her family members as she possibly could. If you were her child, her grandchild, her sibling, cousin, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, or family friend, it did not matter. If you were doing great or racking up the accomplishments, she was always one to scream about it from the mountain tops, to let others know just how proud of you she was, and to let others know in general how well the people in her village were performing in life.
Jullie was preceded in death by her father, John Sr., mother, Nancy, husband Terry Allen, father-in-law Elvin Allen, mother-in-law Lucille Allen, brothers Scott Sr., Gary & Anthony, and brother-in-law Darryl Allen.
Jullie leaves to celebrate her life, and to cherish her memory: two children, daughter, Chellie Bowden, son, Christopher Allen; one grandson, Chiyiar Bowden-Clay, two sisters - Gail Bowden, Norene (Anthony) Price, four brothers - John Bowden Jr., Steven (LaVerne) Bowden, Allen (Robina) Bowden, Neal Bowden; three sisters-in-law - JoAnn Bowden, Veronica Bowden, Tobi Allen; former sister-in-law Annette Langford; four brothers-in-law - Malcolm (Florence) Allen, Sr., Patrick (Christeen) Allen, Keith (Darlene) Allen, Mark (Lois) Allen, Sr.; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews & friends.