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Myrleen E. Bowersox of Honolulu, Hawaii, and formerly of Erwin, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at The Duke University Hospital Cancer Center, Durham, NC. She was 67.
Mrs. Bowersox was born as Myrleen Smith in Salinas, Calif., to Ernest and Jessie (Powell) Smith. After their deaths, she was adopted by Leland and Billie Brown.
She graduated from Salinas High School and Armstrong College of Business Administration and attended the Lincoln Law School in San Francisco.
As a teenager, she worked at Brown’s Department Store in California. After attending college, she worked as a paralegal, married attorney Barry Runnion and helped him run his law offices in Walnut Creek and Oakland, Calif. She served as executive secretary of the Contra Costa County Bar Association from 1971 to1973.
After her husband’s death, she moved to Erwin, where she opened Myr Enterprises, a retail antique store. In 2006, she married Gary W. Bowersox, moved to Honolulu, and worked with Gary in his gem and jewelry businesses, where she served on the board of directors and as corporate secretary of the Gem Hunters Corp. and GeoVision Inc.
In addition to her parents and first husband, Mrs. Bowersox was preceded in death by her sisters, Clara Lou Ratten and Sharon Brown.
In addition to her husband, Gary Bowersox, survivors include her sister, Myra Bertrand; brothers and sisters-in-law, Erwin and Terry Smith and Paul and Belinda Smith; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Bowersox assisted her husband with distribution of school supplies to the children in the mountain areas of Afghanistan. Memorial donations may be made in her name to The Hawaii Kai Rotary Club Foundation, c/o GWB, P.O. Box 89646, Honolulu, HI 96830.