Anne Genevieve Gowdey
June 23, 1930 – February 10, 2020
Anne Genevieve Gowdey passed away peacefully on February 10, 2020 in Staunton, VA. She was born in Nebraska to Merle and Arthur Gilbert, where she was raised on a farm with her brother, Charles. She was valedictorian of her high school in 1948 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Doane College in Nebraska and a Master’s degree from University of Northern Colorado. Anne was married to Joe Gowdey in 1961 and they were divorced in 2006.
Anne was a teacher and volunteer for life, who loved dogs, the mountains, music, golf and chocolate, which was the fifth major food group, according to her. She started her career as a high school band teacher and gave her time freely to her passion for animals. Anne lived in a lot of places, including California, Texas and Virginia, but her heart resided in Colorado, where she enjoyed hiking and riding motorcycles. She played the trumpet and the piano and was fond of jazz and musicals.
Anne was a long-time volunteer of the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, where she served as a board member and president. She devoted countless hours to the humane society, where her remodel and fix-it skills earned her the title of Mrs. Goodwrench. She educated local kids on how to choose and care for their pets, accompanied by two of her dogs, Mandy and Zeke. Anne also served as president of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and was involved with the Gloucester Kennel Club and many local country clubs.
Anne is preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Arthur and her beloved dogs. Anne is survived by her brother: Charles (Carolyn) Gilbert, nieces: Jennifer Gilbert and Brenda Hodges, nephew: Leonard Gilbert, great nieces, great nephew and many friends.
Anne has requested that her ashes be spread over the Rocky Mountains. Memorial donations may be given in Anne’s name to Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, Box 385, Gloucester VA 23061.
The family of Anne wishes to extend our sincere appreciation to the staff at Brookdale Senior Living, Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah and local community members who cared for Anne.
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Anne Genevieve Gowdey
February 24, 2020
I am Billie Walke’s daughter. My mom was Anne’s roommate back in the teacher days. She lived with her in Buckroe. I have been told many crazy stories back in the day. I remember their home in Glouster and the dogs. So sorry to hear of her loss. She is in a much better place looking down on us allowing all the dogs to lick her in the mouth.😇
February 24, 2020
Anne was an amazing individual. I was fortunate to become friends through my parents, George and Betty Salley. I would often visit her home in Gloucester and I volunteered at the Animal Shelter because of her wonderful influence. My fondest memory is of the cross country trip we took with her nieces. It was a gift to see so much of the country. Sending hugs to her family.
Tonya Higgins, DVM
February 23, 2020
Anne was a remarkable person. I worked with her at the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society (GMHS) in Gloucester VA for 20 years. She was an advocate for homeless animals and a leader of GMHS as a board member, board president and Mrs Goodwrench - she could build or fix anything! She was instrumental in the building of the new GMHS shelter in 1984. Anne was one of the most energetic people I have ever known, and she used her talents to help others. She was kind and she was very funny. She was always an educator - she loved sharing her knowledge of animals and how to care for them with 4-H and school groups. She was a friend, colleague and special lady and will be missed by all who knew her.
February 21, 2020
I met Anne through the Waynesboro Newcomers Club. She was fascinating and I enjoyed talking with her. She loved her dogs. Her life experiences speak highly of her knowledge and her many accomplishments, like playing instruments, teaching, graduating at the top of her class, raised on a farm, riding motorcycles, etc. What a lady!!!
I remember her being on TV after she got new windows put in at her house in Waynesboro.
She was a well-rounded, giving, and interesting lady. It was an honor to know her.