|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1920|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 2010|
The Telegram, Jackson, Ohio:
Virginia "Ginny" Bowman Howe, age 90, of Jackson, passed away Monday, October 18 with her family at her side. She was born September 17, 1920 in Jackson, the daughter of the late Mabel (Brohard) and Arnold Bowman.
Ginny was a 1938 graduate of Jackson High School.
Ginny was a devoted member of Calvary United Methodist Church. She was baptized in 1955 after she had already been a member for two years. Members of the Church honored her with a special celebration in 2008. She had 46 years of perfect attendance and inspired generations through 54 years as a Sunday School teacher.
Ginny always had a kind word and lent a helping hand to all. Her volunteer efforts were well known throughout the community. She began offering her services, free of charge, through RSVP in 1997.
One of her favorite activities was RSVP's Grandpals Program that matches seniors with elementary students in a monthly letter exchange that helps youngsters hone their writing skills and develops close intergenerational friendships. Ginny kept ties with these youth long after the formal program ended.
Ginny felt she truly helped her fellow man when she volunteered at the Jackson Unit of the American Cancer Society's Resource Center at Holzer Clinic. She loved her time at the Lillian Jones Museum.
When Southern Hills Arts Council began renovating the 1930 Markay Theatre for use as a Community Cultural Arts Center, Ginny wholeheartedly backed the concept. She was an avid volunteer, manning exhibits on weekends, and serving as an ambassador for the continuing renovation.
For her volunteer efforts, Ginny was honored with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award signed by President George Bush on August 22, 2009. It was presented by Ohio's former First Lady Hope Taft with Senator John Carey and Representative Clyde Evans in attendance. Ginny's volunteer efforts were spotlighted in a January issue of The Telegram written by RSVP Executive Director Susan Rogers.
Most recently Ginny was singled out for the 1,000 Hour Volunteer Service Award during RSVP's Annual Celebration on October 15. Daughter Joanna accepted the award on her mother's behalf from Cindy Cunningham, Congressman Zack Space's Regional Representative.
Calling hours will be Thursday, October 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Eisnaugle-Lewis Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral services will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church, 483 Chillicothe Street, Jackson, on Friday, October 22, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery. Mourners are invited to join the family for a meal in the Calvary United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall following the services.
Obituary courtesy of Donna Scurlock.
William Arnold Bowman (1891 - 1985)
Mabel Pearl Brohard Bowman (1893 - 1942)
Created by: Carl Bennett
Record added: Oct 19, 2010
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