Anne Theresa Scarlis

October 14, 1935November 9, 2020
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On November 9, 2020, Anne Theresa Scarlis (nee Dowd), beloved wife of John Stephen Scarlis passed away. Loving mother of Sean Scarlis and wife Lori, and Dawn Murphy and husband Stephen. Sister of Edward Dowd, Bridie Lennon, Kay McDonagh, Patricia O’Hara, Veronica Ruane, the late Mary Jo Richards, the late Tina Kenny, and the late P.J. Dowd. Cherished grandmother of Kyle Scarlis.

Family will receive friends at Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc. 5555 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia, MD 21045 on Thursday, November 19th from 3 to 6pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia, MD 21044 on Friday, November 20th at 10am. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor Baltimore, .



  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, November 20, 2020

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Sr Maura Flynn

November 20, 2020

I was sad to hear of dear Anne's death. Prayerful sympathy to her beloved husband, to Sean & Lori, to Dawn & Stephen and especially to a very special greatly loved grand child Kyle. Condolences to the members of the Dowd families on the passing of their sister and aunt. Anne's soul is now at rest in the Arms of God. Words to comfort seem rather empty when one loses a loved one to death. There is such an ending to what was. I ask God to give you His strength and His courage as you shed your tears of loss and grief and loneliness. I was so happy to join you for Mass to day in St Johd the Evangelist Church. Liturgy was just beautiful, singing heavenly and enriching. Readings well chosen and proclaimed. Sean, you spoke so very well about your mother - so obvious that she was a special mum. It was tear-jerking' Thank you! I could imagine her being as 'proud as punch' of you Sean and of course also very proud and fond of and close to her "little girl". In a mother's eyes we never grow up!! I am a 1st cousin of Anne and have fond memories of her coming to our house with Mary Jo RIP I will have a Novena of Masses offered for the repose of Anne's soul at Our Lady's Shrine in Knock. ..... she whom we love
and lose
is no longer
where she was before
She is now
wherever we are" St John Chrysostym You are remembered in prayer during this sad and difficult. Sincerely Maura

Denise Paddock

November 19, 2020

Dearest Steve, Sean and Dawn,
Thinking of you all on this very sad day and wishing we could be there with you in person.
I feel very blessed to have had Anne as my Aunt. I have so many fond memories of the time we spent together; and all the fun and laughter that we shared.
Rest in peace Anne.
God willing we may all be reunited some day.
Love from Denise, Pete, Nick and Stephen

sara waryas

November 18, 2020

My condolence to Steve , Sean and Dawn . we will all miss Anne . Been friends since the 1958 . kept in touch every few months , Really enjoyed her telephone calls ,
Great friend and a beautiful human being .
Will really miss you .You are in a better place.

Kay McDonagh

November 17, 2020

My condolences to Steve, Sean, Dawn and families on the sad passing of my dear sister Anne. She’ll be missed by us all. May God give you strength to come through this sorrowful time. May Anne Rest In Peace.

Bridie Lennon

November 13, 2020

My very deepest sympathy to Steve, Sean, Dawn and Families on the very sad news of my Sister, Anne's passing.
The many miles between us never kept us apart and I will miss my little chats with her.
May Anne now rest in Eternal Peace.
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Sharon Hutchins

November 13, 2020

Anne, a woman, so exuberant and strong,
And also a compassionate aunty for so long,
Whenever you came to visit us, you left a joyful impact,
You never forgot your roots or family and that's a fact,
We loved listening to the wonderful stories Anne told,
The many treasured moments, I will forever hold,
May fond memories of your laugh linger every day,
As God now welcomes you into eternal life, we shall all pray.

All our love Sharon, Brad and Liam 💕

Tom & Eileen Doyle

November 12, 2020

We were blessed to have you as our friend and neighbor since 1983 when we bought our house. Jen and Dawn became best friends and participated in each other’s wedding. We had so much fun at Dawn & Steve’s wedding❣️I’ll always remember coming over to your house after the wedding and spending time with Anne’s sisters. It was a great Irish gathering around your dining room table, Steve❣️We talked and talked, like we’d known each other for years❣️
Dearest Steve, Sean, Dawn & Family, we extend our very deepest sympathy in the loss of our dear friend, Anne. She’ll remain in the hearts of many who loved her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
With love, Tom & Eileen Doyle💙💙🌹🌹

Colin & Olivia Dowd

November 11, 2020

Our deepest condolences go to Dawn, Sean, Steve and all the family on the sad news of Anne's passing.
I remember the great excitement in our house as a child, when our American relations were coming "home". Now Anne has truly gone Home. As the Irish saying goes:
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis
{May her faithful soul be at the right hand of God, close to those who have gone before her. }

Darren Ruane

November 11, 2020

Steve, Sean & Dawn.
Our sincerest condolences on the loss of Aunty Anne.
We treasure the memories from when she came to Poland for our wedding, and will always remember the wonderful lady who made us feel so welcome in her beautiful home.
She remains in our hearts and prayers.
Darren, Agnieszka & family

Veronica Ruane

November 11, 2020

Steve, Sean and Dawn.
My deepest sympathies are with you and all of your family at this saddest of times.
Although we may have lived far apart, you always seemed so close to my heart and I remember fondly your visits to England and my trips to the USA.
May my sister be at peace with our Heavenly Father.
Veronica Ruane


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