Carol Lorine Bower

November 21, 1922 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 101) 101 Years Old


Carol Lorine Bower, age 101, passed away with her family around her on February 7, 2024.

Carol was born November 21, 1922, to Chester Howard and Eva Miller Bancroft in Emmett, Idaho, where she started school at the age of five. The family moved to Boise that year and since she had already started school, she was allowed to attend her grade level at Park School.

Soon after, the family moved again, this time when her father bought a small grocery store at 16th and Main Street in Boise (where Baldwin Lock and Key and the old Sav-On Café are now). Called Bancroft’s Evening Store, it included a small living space in the back, where the family lived. Carol and her younger brother Stephen started working in the store when they could barely see over the counter; as a teenager, Carol was frequently in charge of the store when her parents traveled.

In 1936 the family built a house on Mountain View Drive and moved out of the back of the grocery—sort of. Legend has it that her parents continued to stay overnight at the store to keep watch while the kids slept at the new house … until her father sold the grocery in 1942.

Carol graduated from Boise High School in 1940 and attended Boise Junior College for a year. It was during this time that she met Jerry Bower, a Kansas boy who, along with his older brothers, had fled the Dust Bowl and settled in Boise. Carol and Jerry were married on Valentine’s Day, 1942, with the shadow of Pearl Harbor hanging over their heads.

During World War II, Carol and Jerry were stationed all over the country serving the Army Air Corps, including Fort Douglas, Utah; Charleston, S.C.; Brooklyn, N.Y; and Laredo Army Airfield in Texas. Carol worked civilian jobs for the Army at every post.

When the war was over, they returned to Boise, working hard and raising four sons: Greg (born in 1949), Brad (1951), Dayne (1955), and Boyd (1959). Carol was a full-time mother and often managed their four energetic boys by herself as Jerry frequently traveled for business.

She taught the boys how to ski (on water and snow) and pushed all of them to be the best they could be in academics, athletics, and as human beings. She even returned to work to make certain all her boys had the means to attend college and earn degrees.

During their retirement, Carol and Jerry joined the International Executive Service Corps, where they enjoyed rich experiences helping third-world lumber companies adapt to a global economy. They had assignments in Jakarta, Indonesia; Concepción, Chile; Mexico; and Guatemala. Carol managed all of Jerry‘s reporting and helped manage the administration for these assignments.

When their son Dayne married Beatriz Uribarri, a Basque girl, it gave the couple an excuse to travel to Spain numerous times to visit them (and eventual grandchildren) and see much of Europe, as well.

Carol and Jerry also were founding members of Crane Creek Country Club in Boise and played golf at every opportunity wherever they went. They also owned a home in Sun Valley, Id., and a hunting lodge in Parma, Id., where the family enjoyed the outdoors. Carol was a committed Methodist and, when she was able, regularly attended church and Bible study. She dearly missed Jerry since his death in 2011.

Carol was a Depression-era survivor. She was made of strong stuff, and she knew how to work and also how to play. She set an example of stoicism in tragedy and compassion for her family and friends. The only way to get a complaint out of her was to cross-examine her carefully.

She is survived by her four sons and their wives: Greg and Lynda; Brad and Carolyn; Dayne and Beatriz; and Boyd and Kaulene, as well as brother Stephen, thirteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and one great great grandson. Carol also is survived by Jan Bower, and Larry and Marianne Williams, who loved her. She was proceeded in death by her husband Jerry and her older brother Keith.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, from Noon-3pm at Crane Creek Country Club, 500 W. Curling Drive in Boise.


Celebration Of Life
March 10, 2024

12:00 PM
Crane Creek Country Club
500 W. Curling Drive
Boise, ID 83702


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