|Birth: ||Sep. 11, 1920|
|Death: ||Dec. 20, 2008|
MARTHA OLIVE MYATT BOWLUS
Rabenhorst Funeral Home Baton Rouge, LA
Martha Olive Myatt Bowlus, a retired chartered life underwriter and chartered financial consultant, passed away peacefully at St. James Place on Saturday, December 20, 2008. She was born on September 11, 1920, in Monroe, where she had many fond childhood memories growing up with wonderful cousins and friends while attending Barkdull Faulk Elementary, Neville High School and Northeast Louisiana University. Affectionately known to all as "Monkey," she moved to Baton Rouge with her family in 1940 to attend LSU, where she majored in music and was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. At LSU, a favorite cousin, A.B. Myatt, of Monroe, introduced her to Bob Bowlus, of Brookhaven, Miss., whom she married on June 24, 1943, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church on the LSU campus. Later that day, Monkey and Bob left on a train for Washington D.C., where they would work on Capitol Hill; Monkey for several Louisiana congressmen and Bob for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. After the war, they returned to Baton Rouge, where Bob entered the insurance business and both became active in the community. Monkey served on many community boards, including Volunteers of America, Family Counseling Service, Trinity Episcopal Day School, Junior League of Baton Rouge and Chartered Life Underwriter Board of Directors. Her proudest volunteer accomplishment was serving as co-chairman in 1959 when "River Road Recipes" was first published. Monkey was a born salesman and was in charge of sales and promotion of "River Road Recipes". Monkey loved people and had a beautiful smile for everyone she met. She never met a stranger and was always willing to help. As the children grew, Monkey decided to work with Bob in the insurance business and earned her CLU and ChFC designations. The year that she obtained her final certification, it was noted that she and Bob were one of only seven couples in the country who had both received these prestigious degrees. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Monkey was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Morton Myatt and Ruth Prichard Myatt; loving husband of 49 years, Robert E. Bowlus; and adored son, William Morton Bowlus, who died of an aortic aneurysm in 1987. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Ann Myatt Bowlus Storey; son-in-law, Stephen Gerard Storey; and beloved grandchildren, Susan Myatt Storey and William Morton Storey. As she requested, a private family graveside service conducted by the Rev. Ralph Howe was held on Tuesday, December 23, at Greenoaks Memorial Park. The family requests that memorials in her name be sent to Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA. 70810; Friends of the LSU Library, c/o Middleton Library, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803; Trinity Episcopal Church, 3552 Morning Glory Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808; or a favorite charity.
Originally published December 28, 2008.
Greenoaks Memorial Park
East Baton Rouge Parish
Created by: Sundance
Record added: Dec 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32457538