Death on her own termsIn the obituary, her family says they supported "her gutsy decision to die on her own terms."
However, with diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, quadruple bypass surgery, neuropathy, memory loss and the cancer, "she'd had enough. There wasn't enough laughter anymore." Bowness was born in Singapore, where she worked as a nurse during the Japanese occupation of the city-state during the Second World War. She, her husband and children emigrated to Canada in 1965 and her husband, Michael, who died in 1999, became a professor of biochemistry at the University of Manitoba. Her obituary describes her as "stylish to the point of eccentricity," noting an outfit she wore once to an event to raise money for a son's terminally ill friend: "Silver knee-high platform leather boots, sparkly silver pants that tied at the knee, black-and-white striped blouse ... and lots of silver snake jewellery, bracelets and necklaces, some wrapped into her hair." The obituary recalls that sometimes, out of boredom, she would answer her phone with "city morgue."
There was "more discomfort and distress than needed to be."
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