The world lost a beautiful soul on September 7th, Anna Mae Bowman. She was a fiery, devoted wife; an astute and adoring mother; and an ever-present and truly dedicated grandmother. She left her home town to live alone in New Jersey while her husband and one true love fought in the Vietnam War. He returned safely and they moved back home to Greenville where she dedicated her life to raising her two children. She buried her husband in 1966 and lived a spirited and amazing life for 41 more years, never once relinquishing the beloved title of his wife. She went to nursing school and achieved her diploma at the age of 56. Her career was dedicated to the care of the elderly and needy at the Brethren Home. She attended every sporting event her grandchildren ever had and spoke to them about her love of God and commitment to her faith. They were truly the light of her life and she never let them forget it. Everyone in her church congregation loved her and she them as well. She lives on in the hearts and minds of her family and friends as the epitome of laughter, devotion, faith, forgiveness, inspiration, determination, and love.
I'll miss you, Grandma Bowman, but I'll think of you often.