Lula Gilman Bowles

May 28, 1930March 8, 2018

Lula Gilman Bowles, 87, of Glen Allen, VA, passed away on March 8, 2018. She was born on May 28, 1930 to Lemuel Franklin and Ella Jones Gilman of Hanover, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Bowlman Hugo Bowles; son, Donald H. Bowles; brother, Franklin Gilman; sisters, Edith Cannon, Alice Meredith, Sue Miltz, Elsie LeFon, and Lucy Lignian. Lula is survived by her daughter, Judith Henry; grandson, Christopher Henry and his wife, Trisha; great-grandsons, Alex and James Henry; sister, Doris Lutz and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory - Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, VA 23005, where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2pm. Interment will follow in Kenwood United Methodist Church Cemetery, Elmont, VA. Online condolences may be registered to the family at


  • Visitation Monday, March 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lula Gilman Bowles

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Irina Havens

March 13, 2018

Dear Judy!
You are in my prayers.....🙏
Sweet Lula.... Most wonderful person! I could talk to her forever... She was so nice to me and I am so thankful that I got a chance to get to know such a great person. Her warm hands and kind, beautiful face....
Thank you sweet Lula! For every kiss, for every hug, for every touch, for every conversation we have had. I am so thankful!
With love, Irina.

Lisa Mullen

March 12, 2018

Please accept my deepest sympathy. I will cherish my many fond memories of Mrs. Bowles. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, Bingo, going out shopping, visits with birds and dogs, and musical performances. We shared many giggles and a few tears. I am glad I was able to help her see her sister rather recently. Things are not the same here at Spring Arbor with out her. She was patient and kind. Everyone loved Lula. She was a beautiful and gracious woman. I am keeping you in my prayers. With love, Lisa

Betty Schnellenberger

March 12, 2018

Dear Judy
For over a year I have visited Spring Arbor with my therapy dog, Piper.
We would be welcomed by Ms. Lula sitting at the puzzle table in the library.
For an hour she would stop, visit with us, love on Piper, catch up on our lives and kiss my cheek goodbye until we could come back the next time. The last few weeks the puzzle table has been empty and I so hoped I would see her back where she belonged. I'm saddened she is gone but I know she is in a place where there's no more pain and I hope unlimited puzzles. I will always remember her sweet smile.
Betty and Piper

Gina Peterson

March 10, 2018

Dear Judy,

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom, Ms Lula ... she was a sweet, sweet woman ... I always enjoyed taking care of her ... also thank you for the lovely flowers you sent us on 6 east, that was so thoughtful & I saw them on a particularly rough day ... it made me stop & smile ... Please know you're in our thoughts.


Gina P, 6East