Bowden was the publisher of the Clewiston News for 27 years and a voice for community progress in Glades and Hendry counties for more than 50 years.
In addition to her services at the Clewiston News, Bowden also helped publish the Glades County Democrat, in Moore haven; the Everglades Echo, in Everglades City and the Monticello News. She was an active member of the Florida Press Association during her career, and served as an officer in several positions.
Bowden spent a lifetime of commitment to her community through her roles as editor and publisher. She helped found the Clewiston Library, the Calusa Valley Historical Society, the Clewiston Museum, senior citizenÌs club and numerous other organizations to serve the members of the local community.
In 1984, the Clewiston News and the Glades County Democrat honored her by naming her Publisher Emeritus of both newspapers so that her name would remain on their mastheads.