April Brinley Bower, 45, of Raleigh, passed away Friday, March 21, 2014, at Duke Raleigh Hospital. She was born in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of the late Robert I. Brinley and Mary Elizabeth Risinger Brinley. April was a loving wife and a wonderful friend to all who knew her. Her passion was saving animals in need. It was spending time with her grandson, Nicholas, that gave her the greatest joy in this world.
Mrs. Bower is survived by her husband of 24 years, William D. “Bill” Bower; son, Austin Carter Bower, of Raleigh; grandson, Nicholas Parker Mowles; sisters, Kimberly J. Farmer, of Ky., Mary B. Mercer and husband, Kris, of Zebulon, and Jennifer L. Brinley, of Raleigh; brother, Thomas E. Brinley Sr. and wife, Marian, of Sanford; mother- and father-in-law, Ruth and Lee Bower, of Raleigh; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jim and Margie Bower, of Louisville, and Bobby and Barbara Bower, of Raleigh; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her sister, Roberta “Bobbie” McCarver.
A private service will be held at a later date.
April battled Type 1 diabetes most of her life and the family asks that memorial contributions be made to JDRF Triangle/Eastern N.C. Chapter, 7721 Six Forks Road, Suite 136, Raleigh N.C. 27615 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 4701 Hedgemore Drive, Suite 810, Charlotte, N.C. 28209-2280.
Online condolences may be made at brightfunerals.com.
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