Brenda L. Bowe

August 01, 1961 ‒ June 30, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

Brenda L. Bowe, 55, of Delaware, passed away unexpectedly in Riverside Hospital, Columbus on Friday, June 30, 2017, due to a brief bout with cancer, surrounded by her loving family.

Brenda was born on August 1, 1961 in Covington, Kentucky, daughter to Everett E. and Ruth I. (Cunningham) Glassburn.  Brenda lived in Delaware for most all of her life, having moved here with her family while she was very young.  She was a graduate of Delaware Hayes High School.  On June 13, 1980, she married James T. Bowe, Sr.  She was employed for the past 31 years at the PPG Industries in Delaware, where she was  the administrator for human resources department.  Brenda and James had attended the Grace Brethren Church, Delaware.  She enjoyed taking long walks with James.  She was all about spending time with her family, and making sure that the family was cared for.  Brenda was the epitome of selflessness.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 37 years, James T. Bowe, Sr., two sons, James T. Bowe, Jr. (Mary), Delaware and Christopher J. Bowe (Julie), Columbus; three daughters, Patty Fairchild (Darin), West Liberty, Ohio, Julie Elkins (Tim), Delaware and Suzy Bowe, Delaware; her mother, Ruth Irene Glassburn , Delaware; eight grandchildren, Misty, Laurie, T.J., Toby, Sebastian, Samantha, Kirsten and A.J.; eight great grandchildren; two brothers, David Glassburn (Sheran), Delaware and Scott Glassburn (Darlene), New Orleans; one sister, Cindy Cumston (Rob), Bixby, Oklahoma; one uncle, Merle Cunningham, Columbus; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Everett E. Glassburn and two brothers, Gary Glassburn and Pat Glassburn.

Friends may call on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. in the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, where a funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., with Pastor Dwight Cimino, Westfield Community Church, Ashley, officiating.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware.

Contributions if desired may be given to: Ohio Health Arthur G.H. Bing, MD. Cancer Center, 500 Thomas Lane, Columbus, OH 43214.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center is honored to be serving the family of Brenda L. Bowe.

To share memories or to leave a condolence, please visit:

  • Chris,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I pray that the family has comfort in this difficult time. Mrs. Brenda is a wonderful person she has helped~guided~answered questions~and anything else she could do to help three generations of my family at PPG…..My father~ myself ~and my daughter. She will definitely be missed.

  • I am so saddened to hear of the loss of this special lady. I worked with Brenda my last two years at PPG. So was so helpful to me both then and also after my retirement. My deepest condolences to Jim and the entire family. May the Lord comfort you all during this time of grief and sorrow.

    Denny Osborn

  • I am very saddened for the lost of Mrs Brenda Bowe…She was a beautiful and wonderful lady as well as a friend. She always listened to every concern and handled things for the employees with her warm personality and smile. I am happy that I had the opportunity to know her when I worked for PPG. She will definitely be missed. My deepest condolences to all her family…

  • Thinking of you and your family and wishing you moments of peace and comfort in your time of need.

  • Brenda was a beautiful lady inside and out she always gave you answers to help during your retirement time . She will be truly missed our prayers go out to Jim and family.

  • Brenda was one of the nicest people I had ever met. I feel blessed to have known her as a friend and coworker. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

  • My condolences to the Bowe and Glassburn families. Brenda was a wonderful person. She was always cheerful and kind and polite. She never had a bad word to say about anything or anyone. She was helpful and generous. She touched so many lives. I am glad I was able to know her. Strength to your family during this terrible time.


  • I was very saddened to hear of this loss. Brenda was a very kind and generous person who I got to know during my time in Delaware. Our prayers go out to Jim and family.

  • Very sorry to hear about your mom and would like to pass on our condolences.

  • My wife and I were surprised and deeply saddened to learn of Brenda’s passing. I enjoyed working with Brenda and especially appreciated her tireless support of the local H.S. marching band.

    Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Jim and his family.

  • I am at a total loss for words. I loved Brenda and am deeply saddened over the loss of her. My heart is heavy and my thoughts and prayers go to her family during this unthinkable time. May God bless her and the family and I pray for peace for them. She will be deeply missed.

  • I am saddened by this news of Brenda’s passing. She was always a big help to me when I needed things done through HR. Always a cheerful voice and as nice as could be. I will pray for the family, God Bless you all.

  • I am at a loss for words, I have only known Brenda for about 18 months, but knew she was a wonderful woman. Very talented at what she did here at PPG and left very big shoes to fill here. I want to pass on my condolences to the family and friends left behind. I pray for peace and comfort in the days/weeks/months ahead. May God bless you all. RIP Brenda

  • I am saddened by this new . She was a great co worker . I will pray for her and her family

  • Suzy,
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Love, Miss Tina and Rebecca

  • My deepest sympathy to Chris and his family/friends of Brenda. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I was shocked to hear of Brenda’s passing and my prayers are with the Bowe and Glassburn families during this difficult time. Brenda was very supportive of me while taking the test to get hired in with PPG. She placed her hands on my shoulders, to give me the confidence to pass the test, while conversing with the other candidates in the testing room. Brenda was such a genuine person who touched many hearts, especially mine. Rest in peace Brenda and thank you for believing in me.

  • Jim, Suzy I was just made aware of Brenda’s passing. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Brenda was a wonderful woman of God and a great friend and co-worker. Through the years we always stayed in touch. She will be missed, but has gone to rest with the Lord. May our Lord guide you through these trying times. Blessings


  • Learning of the passing of Brenda has undoubtedly left a unique mark of sadness within those of us that called her friend and co-worker. That’s because she was certainly recognized as a unique person that we had the blessing to be around. Whether you were the long standing CEO or the latest entry level just beginning your career with PPG she treated each person the same, with utmost respect, enthusiasm and professionalism. I was honored to work beside her and Suzy for many HR recruiting and interviewing sessions, and I cherish those wonderful memories. My deepest condolences to Suzy, Jim and the rest of the family.

  • My thoughts, prayers and love go out to Brenda’s family and friends. I had the honor of knowing her through work. She will be deeply missed. May The Lord be with you during this difficult time. May Brenda remain in your hearts and watch over you until you meet again.

  • Sure was shocked to hear of Brenda passing. So sorry I missed the visiting hours. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. From Crystal Robinson Fisher and family. Your former neighbor on the corner of Union and Lincoln Ave. I was a school friend of Brenda’s.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. During this time may you find comfort in family and friends (Proverbs17:17). For additional strength, may you find it in God who cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Please accept our deepest condolences.

  • My prayers are with the entire Bowe family. Brenda was a co-worker who was selfless and always there to go above and beyond to help her co-workers. She will be sorely missed.

  • The Bible speaks of the “sting of death”. It is painful to see the life of someone we love end. Know that you are not alone in your grief. God sees, feels and shares your pain. (1 Peter 5:7) He has given a guarantee that the dead will live again. (John 5:28, 29) What a glorious day it will be when no resident says they are sick! (Isaiah 33:24)

  • I am so sad to just hear the news of Brenda’s passing. She was a client of mine for the past 3 years (I worked as a vendor of hers at PPG). We had lunch every few months and she was one of the sweetest women I knew. She always spoke about her children, grand children and great grand children. She seemed dedicated to her family. She always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. I looked forward to having conversations with her because she genuinely cared about others and their well being. She will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to her family.