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Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley Inc.

10 West Padonia Road, Timonium, MD

OBITUARY

Barbara Jean Bowles

June 24, 1951March 5, 2020
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On March 5, 2020 Barbara Jean Bowles (nee Jackson) beloved wife of Alvin Bowles and devoted mother of Sarah Bowles. Loving grandmother of Olivia Bowles and step-daughter of Mary Jackson.

Family will receive friends at the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, Inc. 10 West Padonia Road, Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Wednesday March 11th from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday March 12th at 11:00 A.M.

Interment in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 12, 2020

Memories

Barbara Jean Bowles

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Jim Dice

April 3, 2020

Alvin, you and I have some wonderful memories having grown up together. It would have been nice to have been a part of yours and Barbara’s life in the later years. She obviously has been a tremendous blessing to you and everyone else whose life she has touched. Feel free to text or call me when you feel ready to. My number is 6182922800. I will be praying for you. Barbara is in safe keeping with her Lord. If I don’t see you face to face in this life, I will look you up in the better life to come.

Enjoy Gods grace in the days ahead:
Blessings Jim and Cindy Dice

Mary Williams

April 1, 2020

My name is Mary Williams and I worked with Barbara for several years at Towson High School when she was the IEP chair. She was a wonderful person. I am missing her. Thank you for sharing her.

Heather Callow

March 9, 2020

Dear Alvin, Sarah and Olivia,
My husband Tom and I knew Barbara during the late 70's when we were all members of an adult Sunday School class at University Baptist Church in Baltimore. Our mutual friend Betsy Cunningham told us about Barbara's death and this website, so we just wanted to express our condolences.
We remember Barbara as a very kind, brave and insightful person who we were always glad to share thoughts with. And though we know she is with Jesus, we also know that you will miss her keenly. May God comfort you and bring to your mind many precious memories in the days and months ahead as you both grieve her death and celebrate her life.
With deepest sympathy,
Heather & Tom Callow

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Biography

On March 5, 2020 Barbara Jean Bowles (nee Jackson) beloved wife of Alvin Bowles and devoted mother of Sarah Bowles. Loving grandmother of Olivia Bowles and step-daughter of Mary Jackson.

Family will receive friends at the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, Inc. 10 West Padonia Road Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Wednesday March 11th from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday March 12th at 11:00 A.M. Interment in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.


Barbara Bowles Eulogy by Alvin, 3/12/20

Several Months ago a friend asked, “To what do you credit 38 years of marriage?” Without hesitation I told him Barbara and I were best friends.
On my high school graduation class website, we can share information with each other and with everyone, I wrote last week that, “I lost my best friend and the love of my life”.

Barbara was a lover – she loved Sarah, Olivia and me dearly.

She was a modern day Ruth from the Old Testament. She cared for my Mom the way Ruth did for her mother-in-law – abiding loyalty and devotion. Barbara cared to the same degree for step-mother, Mary.

Barbara loved God and Jesus – She loved the church and the people in it.

She was a lover.

Barbara was born with the desire to be a Mom. She was so excited when told Sarah was on the way. She called me at work to tell me I was going to be a Dad. The day Sarah was born, I talked to Barbara’s Dad. He told me that Barbara always wanted to be a mom – and now she was.

Barbara was equally excited by the birth of Olivia. She never lost that excitement – she was born to be a Grandma too.

And Barbara was the best wife – better than I ever imagined.

She never tired of doing for and with us. Attending school events for Sarah and Olivia, attending swim meets and field hockey games, shopping for and with the girls, going to my high school reunions even though she did not know anyone.

Barbara had a sense of humor – but I would tease her if I had to explain a joke or that I was not being serious. But she did get good with subtle humor – to my surprise.

Barbara reminded me at times that she married me despite some short comings.

On our first date I took her to a soup kitchen – not really – that was the name of a restaurant downtown – but she reminded me over the years that we went to a soup kitchen.

On another early date we were at the Inner Harbor, I went to the restroom, a sink had overflowed and left an inch or two of water on the floor. I had to roll up my pant legs. When I left the restroom, I forgot to roll them back down. I looked like a yahoo when she pointed out my predicament – while laughing. She reminded me many times that she married me in spite of this.

I could go on and on, but I won’t.

I want to repeat that Barbara dearly loved Sarah, Olivia and me – and we dearly loved her and always will.

At the end of the service a song will be played, “You are so beautiful to me”.
It expresses my love for Barbara and Sarah and Olivia. All three are so beautiful and Barbara felt the same way. When Olivia was an infant, I would hold her and say she was beautiful. She always smiled. I still call her beautiful.

A personal note Barbara would understand, I borrow from my friend Richard:

Barbara, see you later

With all my love.