Helen Bower Greenway

January 18, 2023


Helen Bower Greenway, 93, beloved wife and best friend of James H. Greenway for 60 years, went to be with the Lord on January 18th, 2023.

Born in St. Clair, Michigan, she attended St. Clair schools and graduated as valedictorian of her class at age 16. She learned to play the piano at the age of 3, taking organ lessons from Hammond's son in Detroit. She played the organ during church services at various churches in the community. She is the daughter of Thomas and Mariana Bower, who owned the Bower Greenway Funeral Home in St. Clair, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan as one of the first females to be accepted into the undergraduate business program, graduating with a degree in business administration. She met the love of her life, James, during her university years. She was a member of the Tri Delta sorority and a member of the MENSA society. Until her retirement, she was employed as the first female Vice President of Xerox University Microfilms. She traveled the world and filmed many archived documents and publications, retiring to Bradenton, Florida in 1989. She enjoyed golfing, reading, playing games, spending time with her family, and she was a lifelong Wolverine fan. Her happiest moments were when friends and family were gathered around the piano enjoying her playing everything from classics to popular hits of the day. 

She is survived by her sons, James Jr. (Vicki) and Jeffrey, her daughters, Lisa and Elizabeth (Allan), six grandchildren (Lindsey, Erin, Justin, Brittany, C.J., Parker), nine great grandchildren (Paul, Michael, Grace, Chase, Samuel, Faith, Scarlett, Maeve, Jacob), her sister Anna, and many extended family members and beloved friends. 

Her adoring family will forever miss her sharp wit, intelligence, and her love of family. The family will be holding a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Helen would want you to express your love to those you cherish most.


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