Ann Foster Bowden
August 3, 1932 – July 19, 2021
Ann Foster Bowden, 88, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2021.
She was preceded in death by her parents Glyde F. Foster and Julia Little Foster along with her two sisters Judy Brown and Nell Young, and her brother, Glyde Franklin Foster, Jr. Ann was also preceded in death by her husband of 40 years Maurice Wright Bowden in 2016.
Ann is survived by her step-daughter Sharon Bowden Harrison and her husband Steve; and her grandchildren Megan and Zachary Evans along with Virginia and Rachel Harrison. She also leaves behind her dear friend and sister-in-law Betty Foster, nephew Walter Young (Becky), and nieces Julie Young, Neale Foster, Anne Brown Bare (Mark), Jill Foster (Rich), Lisbeth Poulos (Peter), along with numerous great- and great-great nieces and nephews, who all fondly remember her as ‘Ann Jimmy’. She will also be missed by her husband’s family who loved her and thank her for her dedication to Maurice. Born Ann James Foster in Cumberland County, Virginia she graduated from Longwood College with a degree in teaching and went on to complete her Masters in Education from the University of Virginia. She spent the majority of her long teaching career at Manchester High School in Chesterfield County, Virginia as an English teacher and served many years as the head of the Department until her retirement in 1993. After her retirement she continued to dedicate her time teaching children to read as reading was one of her great passions. She and Maurice also enjoyed visiting family in North Carolina, watching Washington Football and of course keeping up with their grandkids whom they cherished and loved very much.
Services will be held Saturday, July 31st at 11am at Woody’s Funeral Home, Huguenot Chapel, 1020 Huguenot Rd., Midlothian, Virginia. There will be a reception to receive family and friends immediately following the service. A private interment will be held for family at a later time in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate your time and/or resources to a local school or charity.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Ann Foster Bowden
July 31, 2021
Dear Family and Friends of Ann,
I will always remember Ann as the calm within the storm. Nothing seemed to cause her stress because she only saw the good in everything. I met her when I first came to teach at Manchester and I came to know her as someone that I could always go to with questions; she was a professional in all ways.
Ann was always a loving person who exuded peace and a love of life.
She will be dearly missed.
July 28, 2021
Ann was a shining light who will be missed a great deal by myself and by all of our neighbors. In the 20 years I knew her, I never once heard her utter a single negative comment. She was a source of inspiration and a model for how to step gracefully into one's senior years.
July 26, 2021
Ann and I taught together in the English Department at Manchester Hugh School for many years. Ann’s quiet demeanor and gentle kindness are two qualities which I will always remember about Ann. I am out of state this week on vacation or I would surely be at her service on Saturday.
July 25, 2021
Ann Bowden was an extraordinarily sensitive and intelligent woman. Of course, with parents like Aunt Giulia and Uncle Glyde how could she have been otherwise? Ann and I grew close as riding partners when I was a teenager in Cumberland. I rode my mare Fantasia and Ann mounted her father's gelding, Cinnamon. We would take long rides, talking very little. There seemed no need. Just being on the horses riding over the the steep hills of her family's farm was enough. We did laugh alot at the pure joy of a nice canter--gallop actually as neither of the horses were know for their quiet cantor.
Ann and I were kindred spirits as well as being cousins. And the age difference meant little, because she was simply cool. Ann had a subtle ironic sense of humour that was charming; another reason we laughed together.
Strangely, we grew even closer after I moved to Italy. I remember long chats over lunch when I would visit.
I did not know Maurice well, but I did know that he and Ann had each found their other half.
Sadly I will not see Ann on my next trip in August, but I know she understands--part of that unspoken knowing we shared on horseback.
Rest in ☮️ dear Ann. Thank you for our precious times together.