Clore-English Funeral Home

11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA


Gladys Reid Bowie

August 22, 1932September 22, 2019

Gladys Reid Bowie, 87, died Sunday morning, September 22, 2019 at Culpeper Health and Rehab. Gladys was born August 22, 1932, the youngest daughter of the late Charles G. and Grace B. Reid. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her six siblings, Mary R. Miller, Alice Twisdale Wood, Charlene Reid, Joseph B. Reid, Charles G. Reid and Thomas “Bobby” Reid; her niece, Mary Bailey and nephews, Paul “Louie” Miller and James Reid. Gladys is survived by nieces and nephews, Paula Howell, Neville Hall, Nancy Reeve, Alice Wood, Frances Conover, Charlene Reid-Smith, Charles Reid, Avo Reid, Robert Reid, and Thomas Reid, as well as numerous great nieces and nephews.

Gladys’ life always centered around helping and serving others. From the time that she and her husband began the Rappahannock News and Bowie Printing she found ways to serve her community. Gladys served on the Culpeper Town Council, taught school, spent time in the Philippines with the Peace Corp., and worked with disabled individuals through RRCSB. Gladys enjoyed an active volunteer life, serving as volunteer in the Culpeper Library, teaching Sunday School at Culpeper United Methodist Church and serving in the church’s many community projects. Even when she entered Culpeper Health and Rehab she continued to plan how she could help others. Gladys was a spirit of love, peace, and service who will be sorely missed.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 4, 2019 at Culpeper Masonic Cemetery, Rixeyville Road, Culpeper, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Culpeper County Library Foundation, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA 22701 and Culpeper United Methodist Church, 1233 Oaklawn Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701, establishments that were dear to Gladys’ heart.

Fond memories and condolences may be shared with the Bowie family through clore-english.com. The Bowie family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA 22701 with these arrangements.


  • Culpeper County Library Foundation
  • Culpeper United Methodist Church


  • Graveside Funeral Service Friday, October 4, 2019


Gladys Reid Bowie

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Lois UTZ Whorton

October 3, 2019

I spent many happy school days with Gladys at, Little Washington High School, and a couple nights in her home with her. Though our lives went different way after High School, we enjoyed some phone visits through the years catching up on each other.
Gladys was an inspiration to me from my High School Days. I will cherish her memory.
Prayers for comfort and Peace to her family.
Lois Whorton, Classmate

Kathy Clevenger

October 1, 2019

Gladys was such a kind and gentle soul who volunteered for us at the Culpeper County Library. Gladys loved helping out by sorting magazines and shelving them. She will always be remembered. Rest in peace, Gladys.

Debra Pulaski

September 30, 2019

I am sorry to hear of Gladys's passing. I worked with her in various capacities for several years at Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services when I was young and fairly new to the field of human services and caring for those with intellectual, mental and other disabilities. She gently guided me, sharing freely her knowledge and wisdom. I greatly admired her work, her strength, her caring nature and her true and selfless dedication to teaching and assisting individuals with disabilities. She will be missed by many of us who worked with her over the years at RRCS.

Kathleen Hoffman

September 29, 2019

Gladys Bowie was the first woman to serve on Culpeper’s town council, and she made all of us female observers proud. I covered Council back then for the Star-Exponent, and I found Mrs. Bowie a reliable source of inspiration. She was outspoken and honest, a strong woman before that was a good thing. Her life was one of doing her best for people.

Mary Alice Hoffman

September 29, 2019

Heaven gained another angel when this lovely lady departed earth & started her heavenly journey. You will be missed & thanks a million for all you did for many people. We all knew our conversation with Gladys would end with "Thanks a million!"

Ann Robson

September 28, 2019

Gladys and I were neighbors and dear friends for many years. We were always in and out of each other’s homes and babysat each other’s cats. I am tearful as I write this. But we know she is in a better place now. If anybody ever deserved to go to heaven, it was Gladys.
She loved her family so much and I know you loved her.
My deepest sympathy, Ann