December 25, 1934 - July 23, 2017
Lydia Gowing, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed peacefully in the home she loved and shared with her family. Lydia was born in 1934 in Edinburg, TX to Demetria and Ignacio Alvear; the third oldest in a family of seven. From a young age, Lydia was independent, creative and shared a close relationship with all her brothers and sisters. After graduating from Edinburg High School, she worked for the nearby Air Force Base while continuing college classes. Soon thereafter, she would make the move from Texas to California to work for Bank of America in San Jose, CA. It was here she began her career in banking and eventually met her future husband, Allison Gowing. Lydia and Allison chose to settle in San Carlos, CA, raising their only child and daughter Maureen (Gowing) Daniels. Lydia and Allison both chose civil servant positions with the county of San Mateo; Lydia as a Court Records clerk and Allison as an Assistant District Attorney. Lydia had a wonderful network of friends. She enjoyed golf with her Emerald Hills Ladies Golf Club, daily walks and volunteering for school events. Lydia was also a talented seamstress, creating many beautiful clothes for family and friends. But above all, her focus was always motherhood, creating a beautiful home and life for her family. After many years in California, Lydia and Allison retired and moved to Port Orchard, WA in 1989. It was here, they enjoyed retirement. After Allison’s passing, she began part-time work during elections. However, it was in these later years that Lydia focused her energies on grandmotherhood. Her three grandchildren were the center of her life and she provided them with unconditional love and guidance. Lydia also enjoyed a wonderful friendship and companionship with Larry Gudbranson. Our family will be forever grateful for his support and love to Lydia and the family. Lydia’s strong faith and connection with St. Gabriel Church and Parish was a source of happiness and sense of community. We are so grateful for the amazing friendships she developed over the years: lifelong girlfriends, fellow gym and silver sneaker members, SOLO St. Gabriel group and of course the many community members who made her life so full. Lydia is survived by her only child Diana Maureen Daniels (Gowing), son-in-law Thomas Daniels, Grandchildren Thomas (20), Nicole (18) and Christopher (15). She is also survived by her many wonderful brothers and sisters: Inez Alvear, Aisar Alvear, Fred Alvear, Delma Saenz (Alvear), brother-in-law, John Saenz, sister-in-law Cheryl Alvear. She was preceded in death by her sister, Irene Alvear and brother, Ignacio (Al) Alvear. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Gabriel Church, Share & Care Program that provides support for those in need.
Lydia Gowing, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed peacefully in the home she loved and shared with her family. Lydia was born in 1934 in Edinburg, TX to Demetria and Ignacio Alvear; the third oldest in a family of seven. From a young... View Obituary & Service Information
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