Bowers, Alverga Paulene, a 40-year resident of Torrance and later of Guadalajara and Calexico, passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2009. Born in Shickley, NE, Alverga was 87 when she died. Alverga was a member of the Methodist church all of her life and contributed her abilities as a piano accompanist to the church. Alverga blended her life as a homemaker, mother of three children, and helper in her husband's plumbing business, with teaching piano and later serving as an accompanist and secretary in the vocal music department at Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, during the tenure of choral director Bill Reynolds. She was particularly proud of having been a part of the wonderful Broadway musicals performed at Leuzinger. Alverga was the proud grandmother of Debra Ussery, Kim Bowers, Mike Bowers, Matt Bowers, Kristina Bowers, and Earle Bowers. She was likewise delighted with the arrival of her three great grandchildren, Kawika Bowers, Kailani Bowers, and Leah Ussery. Alverga is also survived by her two children, Marcia Bowers-Hernandez and Philip Bowers, and her extended family, daughters-in-law Ann and Caryn, and later her son-in-law Heliodoro and his kind family in Mexico, and was also supported by and so very fond of her other in-laws, who enhanced her life immensely, William F. and Kathryn Reynolds and the late John and Mary Hoffert and Lee and Dorothy Bowers. She was a loving sister to her own brothers and sisters and their children, whom she held close in her heart. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband Earl Junior Bowers and her cherished oldest son William Earl Bowers, as well as her brothers and sisters, Albert (Delta), Verald (Ada), Galaird (Ruth), Gavaun (Vera Mae), Alice (Loyd), and Verene (Myrle). The funeral service will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 9:30 A.M. A reception will follow in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room until 12:30 P.M. Burial will then take place at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood. Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. I am Alverga’s sister, Verene’s, dgt. I fondly remember my visit with Aunt Alverga at her home in Torrence in 1987. Wish I could have seen her more often. I learned some stories of Grandma Hedden’s life from her that trip, My sympathy to you. Love, Priscilla (Scotti) Thralls

  2. I’m so sorry to hear of Aunt Alverga’s passing. I know she was dearly loved by many. I don’t believe that I ever got to meet her but my dad, Gavaun, kept in touch with his sister and enjoyed her letters. The Hedden family was a loving and close family but they weren’t able to see one another as often as they would have liked. I imagine she is enjoying a reunion with those loved ones who have gone home earlier. I will be praying for the family and friends as I know they are missing her.

  3. I was a young child when Aunt Alverga visited our family in Texas, so I don’t remember very much about the visit other than getting to play with the kids. All of the Hedden family was spread out, so most visits were by mail or telephone. However, I do know that my father, Gavaun, had a very close relationship with all of his brothers and sisters and was very proud of each of them. As we were growing up, he often spoke of Aunt Alverga’s wonderful ability as a pianist. We pray that each of you finds comfort in the memories that you cherish. Love, Jackie & Rich Lutz & Cindy Hedden

  4. My Grandmother, Alice Hedden Wissel, told many stories of her life and siblings. One of my favorite was how Aunt Alverga got her name. “Al” for Albert & Alice, “ver” for Verald & Verene, “ga” for Galaird & Gavaun. This also helped me remember all of her brother and sister’s names. Our prayers are with you. Dick & Kathleen Margetts

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