Mary Louise West Bowden

My Great Great Grandma

She was the first woman to weld on ships

Mary Louise West Bowden was the very first woman that was a Navy-certified welder.

Jehovah Witness

Mary Louise West Bowden was a jehovah witness when she got older

Her Children and Family and Husbands

Survivors include a son, Michael and wife Robin, DeSoto; a daughter, Katherine DePriest, Lawrence; two brothers, John West, Loma Lynda, Calif., and Larry West, Northern; sister, Martha Darlion, Pacorma, Calif., five grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.She married William Shrives Van Horn. They later divorced.She married Clarence J. Bowden. They later divorced.

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