When I moved to Cape cod in 1981, I didn’t know a soul. But, I had been active in the Worcester County Women’s Republican Club, and my friends there told me, “You just have to look up Jeanette Bowes”.
Back then Jerry and Jeanette Bowes actually lived in the Sheriff’s Mansion at the County Complex, and I felt a little nervous going into the rather grand front rooms. Jeanette came out to meet me and said, “Come with me to where Jerry and I sit”.
Off to one side was a little kitchen, with a red and white Formica table and chairs, exactly what you would see in any working class kitchen in those days. “This is where Jerry and I feel at home”, she said.
Naturally, a new Republican volunteer at loose ends was not allowed to wander for long. I first met Dave Neal in that kitchen, when we both worked for Jack Conway’s Congressional campaign. Through that race, through the Shamie senate race, Jeanette always went out of her way to introduce me to people, and to be sure I made new friends.
It’s not an exaggeration t say that I am a State Committee woman today due to her kindness, generosity, and energy. I’m sure many have their own Jeanette stories, and we’ll hear many of them in the days to come, but I still see her and Jerry in that little kitchen, and remember what good, kind people they both were.
She will be sincerely missed by all of those who love her.
Cynthia E. Stead
Republican State Committee