OBITUARY

Mary Frances Bower

May 29, 1929February 5, 2019
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Mrs. Mary Frances Joyce Bower, age 89 of Bassett, VA., passed away on February 5, 2019. She was born on May 29, 1929 in Henry County, a daughter of Peter E. Joyce and Minnie Ida Wright Joyce. She was a 1946 graduate of Bassett High School. She worked as a Cafeteria Manager at Sanville Elementary School for 31 years. She started attending Blackberry Baptist Church at the age of 5 and became an active member for 84 years and taught Sunday School there for over 60 years. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Herman Richard Bower, one son, Mark Dean Bower, one sister, Lucille Joyce Koger, three brothers, Bernard E. Joyce, Carl L. Joyce and James “Troy” Joyce. Mrs. Bower is survived by two sons, H. Richard Bower, Jr and wife, Donna, Dwight L. Bower and wife, Rhonda, one daughter F. Elaine Bower Flauaus and husband, Jim, 10 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren. Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Blackberry Baptist Church, Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the church from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations to be made to Blackberry Baptist Church, 3241 Stones Dairy Road, Bassett, Virginia 24055.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

Mary Frances Bower

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Betty Wright

February 13, 2019

I am so sorry I missed Mary Frances' funeral. I know of few women in this world that lived the life that Mary Frances lived. The day I retired from my job, I called her and told her she was my favorite client, along with her husband Herman. Their honesty, integrity, giving hearts and loving spirits just can not be matched. I loved Mary Frances, and told her so many times. Heaven is a better place since her arrival. I extend my prayers and sympathy to her family.

Annette Thomas

February 10, 2019

The Prince William East Gideon and Auxilliary members did not personally meet Ms. Bower. However, we are sisters and brothers in the Gideon and the Auxillary Ministry. We send our condolences and prayers at this difficult time. Annette Thomas, Auxillary President, Prince William East. Woodbridge, VA.

Vickie Chitwood

February 10, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss.
My prayers, love and thoughts are with all.

Jennifer Hendricks

February 9, 2019

This was one of the sweetest ladies you could have ever met, she loved everyone she came in contact with I worked for Mary at Sanville , she was a great manager, I can just see her now with that apron on she enjoyed her work and loved all those children and knew most of them by name..she will truly be missed by so many people , and her family she loved so dearly each and everyone of you, oh and so proud of all them grandbabies., know that I am praying for comfort to cover you all..RIP sweet Mary until we meet again!

Steve Alcorn

February 9, 2019

Stephen and I are very sorry for the loss of Mrs. Bower. She was a grand lady and I'll miss her.

Steve Alcorn

Tom Witt

February 8, 2019

We offer our heartfelt condolences to Elaine, Richard, Dwight and families. Mary Francis was a long-time friend of our family and, especially, to my mother. I will always remember that. Her absence in the family, Sanville Community, and Blackberry Church will be felt for a long time to come. Rest in peace, Mary Francis.

Chip Graves

February 8, 2019

I moved to Sanville in 1975 and one of the first people I met was Mary Bower. She was kind, inviting, and made me feel welcome. Through the years she kept an interest in me and my family. My three children attended Sanville Elementary and loved her as well as she ran the best school cafeteria they ever had. I have experienced too many devastating moments in my life in this community, and every one of them Mary Bower was there encouraging me, lifting me up, and always pointed me to the Lord and to attend church. She was a very spiritual Christian lady and a true and continuing inspiration to me. I consider her one of the last truly thoroughly good people in my life and I am so fortunate to have known and been loved by this truly special child of God. I will miss her until we meet again.

Lizzie Bloom

February 8, 2019

Mrs. Bower was always so kind to me when she would visit Emily and I met her! She had a huge hug and smile for everyone! She is loved by many many people she touched and truly made the word a better place. She is in heaven with her husband, parents, siblings, and son singing his praises and smiling her beautiful smile. Emily , Donna, Richard, Sarah, Elaine, Jim, Noel, Sean, Greta, and all the Bower family and all those whose lives were touched by Mrs. Bower are in my prayers. God grant her beautiful soul enternal rest, and comfort in your gentle arms.

Bonnie Wilson

February 7, 2019

We want to say that we are so sorry for your loss. Mary and Herman both were some of the sweetest people we got to know and love. Mary and Herman were our landlord's many years ago. I got to experience a lot of things there on the farm. First time I ever got to use a ringer washer washing machine lol. Mary was always busy with chores at home and she would fix Herman and I some sandwiches when we were out walking the fence line to make sure they were alright. We are forever grateful for Mary and Herman. Heaven just got sweeter. Love and prayers for the family. Bonnie and Bg Wilson 💕

Eva Sanders Frost

February 7, 2019

I have known Mrs. Bowers since I waa a child. Very sweet and kind lady to everyone. My prayers are with the family.

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