Carole B. Bowles, 82, of Shrewsbury


Carole B. BowlesShrewsbury – Carole B. (Johnson) Bowles, 82, of Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, May 3, 2024, surrounded by her loving family.

Carole was born in Worcester, the middle child to I. Howard. and Barbara E. (Henderson) Johnson. She was raised and educated in Shrewsbury, graduating from Shrewsbury High School with Class of 1960. She met her high school sweetheart, a handsome fella by the name of John “Jack” Bowles and they fell in love. They married on May 25, 1963 in Saint Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury. They remained in Shrewsbury and raised their family.

Carole received a certificate of completion from Salters Secretarial School. She had a long career as the dedicated bookkeeper of Shrewsbury Animal Hospital, a job she loved very much. She became family to Dr. & Mrs. Maker and their family.

Family was everything to Carole. Her greatest joys were spending time with her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She loved her animals. A trait passed down from her Dad. Caring for them brought her great happiness. Carole loved her home and spent many hours tending to her vegetable gardens, refinishing furniture and woodworking with her husband. She loved arts and crafts class and painting with Gail. She was the “Cake Boss” when it was time for birthday cakes or other special occasions.

It was imperative to Carole to keep the tradition of Sunday family dinners together, as well as her nightly ritual with Jack working on a crossword puzzle. Throughout the years, she enjoyed hosting all the holiday parties. She was one of the Three Musketeers with her Mom and sister. Where one was, all were. She loved Cape Cod and walking the beach, Vermont and taking drives with Jack. Visits to her brother Bob and his family in Stowe VT were cherished.

Carole leaves behind her beloved husband of 61years, John H. “Jack” Bowles, her children, Wendy B. Hodgerney and her husband David, Christine C. Kearns and her husband Joseph, and Michael Bowles and his wife Michele, all of Shrewsbury; grandchildren, Owen Hodgerney, Caitlyn Kearns-Galeano and Justin Kearns and Meghan and Norah Bowles; a brother, Dr. Robert H. Johnson and his wife Denise, of Stowe, VT; as well as several nieces and nephews, Paula Raymond, Jeff St. Pierre, Brett, Bri and Hansen Johnson and Allan Syiek. She was predeceased by her parents, a grandson, Michael Hodgerney and her sister and best friend, Gail E. St. Pierre.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Carole’s memory may be made to Alzheimer Association, ( or to Worcester County Food Bank (

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Carole’s family from 4:00-6:00 PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury. A prayer service will be held privately for her family with burial at a later date.

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