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'Divine Intervention': Family thanks two women for saving their 80-year-old mother

Posted at 6:31 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 19:31:46-04

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee family is crediting two women for saving their mother. On August 5th, 80-year-old Bessie Bowie went missing and a Silver Alert was issued for her.

“My mom is the world. She has always been here for us, raised us all 6 kids by herself, she is a strong woman,” said Bessie’s son, Gregory Bowie Sr.

For four days, her family searched for her and prayed for a safe return. The family said their miracle came in the form of two women, Mikayla Cassel and Cassandra Varner.

“That particular day, the girls said they wanted to go to the park, Mikayla asked what park are we going to? I said Kern park and that’s how it happened,” said Cassandra Varner.

Some people stopped and talked to Bessie at the park but then left her by herself. However, the two women felt compelled to stay.

“I told her we are not leaving her in this park! Whatever it is we are not leaving her here,” said Cassandra.

They sat with her on a bench and asked her questions about who she is and where she was from. Bessie expressed she wanted to go home and didn’t know how she got to the park.

"She was saying she was from North Carolina," said Cassandra.

The women Googled Bessie’s name and found a Silver Alert was issued for her, they then immediately contacted authorities for help.

“I called 911 and said we found a missing person and she wants to go home, and being a part of that is a blessing,” said Mikayla.

“When we got the news she was found, all the pain was gone. It was like we got moms back,” said Gregory.

The family said had it not been for the two women who knows what could have happened to their beloved mother. They believe it was divine intervention that sent the two women to the park that day from God.

“They changed our life by saving our mom and they will always have a special place in our entire family house,” said Gregory.

Cassandra said she is not a hero or an angel, she believes she was simply doing the lords work.

To thank the two women for their selflessness, the Bowie family has created a Facebook Fundraiser for them, to help Mikayla attend college this fall at Milwaukee Area Technical College to study Criminal Justice, and for Cassandra who was visiting Milwaukee with her twin daughters.

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