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
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
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.
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.
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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