Sandra Jean (MacDonald) Bowles


It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of Sandra Jean (MacDonald) Bowles, 67, on April 30, 2021. Sandy, as she was known by her friends and family, was born June 2, 1953, in Batavia, to Loren G. MacDonald and Geraldine (Baker) MacDonald.

Sandy is survived by her husband and the love of her life for 28 years, Kelly Bowles; her son, Eric MacDonald (Lori) of Lawrence, Kan.; her daughter, Carrie MacDonald (Tim Becker) of Batavia; and her grandchildren, Spencer MacDonald (Veronica Pate), Maura MacDonald, Mason MacDonald, Reagan MacDonald, Alora Becker, and Jaylynn Becker; her sisters, Joanne MacDonald and Jeanette DeFazio, both of Batavia, Carol Jolicoeur (Roger) of Dallas Texas, and Pearl Ribbeck (Doug) of Tennessee; her sister-in-law, Donna MacDonald of Sarasota, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, David MacDonald and Loren (Lonnie) MacDonald; and her great-granddaughter, Nadia Lily Pate.

Sandy, a lifetime Genesee County resident, worked for various local Batavia establishments over her career. In each, she developed friendships with her many regular customers. She always spoke fondly of “her regulars”. If you were one of them, you know who you are.

What she loved most was spending time with family and friends, whether it was playing euchre, cooking big meals to share or just talking, she was a joy to be around, often sparking laughter with her jocular nature.

What Sandy lived for most was her grandchildren. She was a doting grandmother that never missed the opportunity to let her grandchildren know how much she loved them and how important they were to her. They thought she made the perfect pancake. And lest we forget her dogs Spike, Emma, and Tanner who will miss her very much.

She enjoyed shopping and crafting with her sisters and cousins. She took every opportunity to reach out to her loving family all over the country thanks to the means of modern video communications, often prodding them to take care of themselves.

While her loss leaves a void in the hearts of those that she loved and loved her we will forever cherish the generous and thoughtful spirit that she was.

Friends may call on Friday, May 7, 2021, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, where a celebration of Sandy’s life will follow immediately at 5:30 p.m. Graveside services will be held on Monday, May 10, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Alexander. Please consider memorials in her name to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021. To leave a condolence, share a story, light a candle or to view Sandy’s funeral online, please visit

Please note that funeral home occupancy is limited to 50%. Facial coverings and social distancing are required. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

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