Born May 5, 1920

Rae Bowman, 91, passed away at 10:46 a.m., Sunday, September 1, 2011, in Pueblo Colorado. She was born Ellen Rae Whipp, to Russell and Mabel Whipp of Washington D.C. on March 5, 1920. Rae had two sisters, Kathleen L. Selman and V. Jane Baker. The Whipp family moved to Beltsville, Maryland, in 1924, a then town of 300 people; and Rae graduated from Beltsville High in 1936 at the age of 16. Rae felt privileged to be blessed with a happy childhood in a rural area; and during this period of her life she developed a true love for nature, the out of doors, and a strong belief in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost that would remain with her for life. Rae had an active social life and was a member of many organizations. She was active in theater, an interest she learned from her father, who was a vaudeville musician during the depression, and sang radio solos on the “Uncle Buds Show” on WMAL in Washington D.C. at a time when Arthur Godfrey was announcing for the station. Rae was married to Robert G. Bowman on April 18, 1941; then moved to Colorado in 1946, where she had two children, Joyce and Bradley. She was a long time resident of the Colorado City and Pueblo area, and was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church. Rae spent her last years in the Pueblo Life Care Center, and it was her decision to leave this earth when her quality of life was reduced to a point that she could not accept. She was ready to begin her next journey. Rae was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, and her daughter, Joyce (Joey); and is survived by her son, Bradley; grandson, Zack; great-grandson, Nick Vialpando; and Ken Bradberry, Rae’s long time companion. A memorial service will be held in her honor 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at TG McCarthy Funeral Home. Donations in Rae’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.


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Sharen Hall

September 14, 2011

I am sorry to read of Rae's passing. I knew Rae in Colorado City. She was a very interesting and nice person. Rae often spoke of her children and recalled fond memories of their childhoods. I remember her and Bob dancing at a neighborhood party. Rae was very kind. The last time I spoke with her was several years back on the phone, and she was inquiring about a script for a little melodrama we had been in in Colorado City. She was a proud woman, and I always enjoyed our conversations. Although I moved away from Colorado City 33 years ago I never forgot Rae and her great character and special qualities.

Katrina Otto

September 12, 2011

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Rae Bowman. She was a second mom to my mother (Cindy -Joyce's best friend)since she was 11 so as far as I was concerned Rae was my Grandma Rae. I will miss her dearly. Now she is in heaven with my Aunt Joey. I love you Grandma Rae.