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Tuesday, 14 July 2020 09:12

Annie Lee Davis Bowen

Beloved wife and mother, Ann passed away on July 11, 2020. Born October 3, 1927, Ann was the daughter of McClellan and Bettie Davis of Alberta, Virginia. She was married to her devoted husband, Willie Lee Bowen, Jr (Bill) for fifty-eight years. Together they raised a son, Bobbie Glenn Bowen and a daughter, Ava Ruth Bowen in a home that they built from the land. Karen, Debbie, and Jim Winn joined their family in 1972. Ann is blessed with two granddaughters, Erin Sarduy, and Sarah Moore and six great-grandchildren, Gavin and Josiah Sarduy, Kaleb Eaker, Lydia and Naomi Posey, and Justice Nelson. Ann is predeceased by her husband, Bill, brothers, Richard, Howard, and Ott Davis, sister, Jane Paige, and Debbie Winn. She is survived by her sister, Emily Steed and sisters-in-law Betty Davis, Jean Davis, and Polly Clary. A longstanding member of Trinity St-Marks Episcopal Church, Ann enjoyed spending time with her church members, her family, and friends. Her hobbies included cooking, gardening, and sewing, especially handmade quilts. Visitation with the family will be held at Williams Funeral Home on Saturday, July 18 at 1:00 pm. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm with interment at Crestview Memorial Park. We ask that everyone attending practice safety measures due to the Corona Virus. Please wear a face mask, use hand sanitizer, and stay at least 6 feet apart at all times. The Bowen Family asks that Donations be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Annie Lee Davis Bowen.
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  • Comment Link Livie Liming Saturday, 15 August 2020 20:34 posted by Livie Liming

    Just read today. Sorry I am so out of touch. She was a beautiful lady and I know you will miss her. Love to all

  • Comment Link Richard (Dickie) Mayton Saturday, 18 July 2020 13:14 posted by Richard (Dickie) Mayton

    Saturday 18 July 2020

    Glen, Ava, Karen, Jim and the family whole, the slide show prompts a Love Story of memories. Thank you.
    Reflecting back, Aunt Ann's love and affection have been unconditional and ever lasting. My visits from youth to present have always been enlighening and always sent me along with a smile and deep love. The depth of our history is long and everlasting and encircles me with her presence. Now she is filled with joy in being with Uncle Bill and released from the misery of pain. Rest well One of My Mothers. I Love You

  • Comment Link Anna Hawthorne Thursday, 16 July 2020 22:18 posted by Anna Hawthorne

    As a teen attending Trinity-St. Marks in its waning years, I was often related to half of the congregation. However, I have memories of a more robust congregation when I was younger. I had the opportunity to observe many Christian women, Ann Bowen among them. I specifically remember Ann and another (unrelated-to-me) parishoner as two examples of strong women, albeit very different from each other. The other woman was the more outspoken and sometimes brusque. Ann, on the other hand, was a quieter woman but equally sharp and smart. Ann would observe until she felt the need to speak up. I learned a lot from the ladies of Trinity-St. Marks. :)
    I remember Ann and Bill hosted at least one holiday social event at their home. I don't remember much about it, except the mood was festive, Rick Draper had a guitar, and of course there were many delicious homemade goodies to be had!
    On occasion, Ann even brought her granddaughters to church!
    Bill used to greet me with "Hello, shorty!" He knew I aspired to be as tall (or, well, taller) than he was. Bill and Ann were phenomenal people and role models; they helped form who I am today.
    Although I moved away from southside Virginia as an adult, visiting Ann was always a highlight of return trips. My Mom would give me "Ann updates" pretty regularly, but I myself did not maintain contact as well as I could have. I did visit Ann in the rehab facility (in Richmond?) on my last trip back, and she seemed as "Ann" as ever.
    I hope Ann's surviving family and friends can cherish her memory, as I do, and celebrate her good qualities and wonderful memories made with her.

  • Comment Link Everett Winn Thursday, 16 July 2020 19:30 posted by Everett Winn

    Prayers to all the Bobbie Glenn, Ava, Karen, & Jim and the rest of the family. Ann was such a special lady with a sweet personality and a wonderful cook. She will be missed.

  • Comment Link Scott Jackson Tuesday, 14 July 2020 11:13 posted by Scott Jackson

    I have very fond memories of Ann in the kitchen making her delicious chocolate chip cookies. She was a great person and I'm glad she was part of my life. My sincerest condolences to the family.

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