ROCKFORD – Melody A. Bowers, 63, of Rockford, passed away peacefully Jan. 5, 2019 at home with her loving family by her side. Melody’s passing comes after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 31, 1955 in Rockford, the daughter of Richard and Marilyn (Merritt) Borcherts.
She graduated from Rockford Guilford High School, Class of 1973. Married the love of her life, Richard J. Bowers, Jr., on June 25, 1977. Employed as an office manager at Advantage Kwik Dry Carpet Cleaning, Machesney Park. Melody enjoyed cooking, quilting, bicycling with the Blackhawk Bicycle & Ski Club, jogging, and traveling with her husband Richard. But most of all, she loved spending time with her children and family. Melody regularly attended Belvidere First Assembly of God Church in Belvidere.
Survived by her loving husband, Richard; children, David (Bobbi) Bowers and Amanda Bowers of Chicago; father, Richard G. (Beverly) Borcherts of Siloam Springs, Ark.; sisters, Debbie (Bear) Daugherty of Gilbert, Ariz., Pam (Chris) Willis of Enumclaw, Wash.; and brother, Steven (Susan) Borcherts of Roscoe.
Predeceased by mother; and grandparents.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at noon with a visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service in Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory – Mulford Chapel, 4311 N. Mulford Road, Loves Park, IL 61111.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Fauzia Khattak and the entire staff at Swedish American’s Regional Cancer Center for the outstanding care they showed Melody these past 6 years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Melody’s honor to the American Cancer Society and B1 Food Pantry at Belvidere First Assembly. To share a memory or condolence please visit www.honquestfh.com.