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“Clara was an exceptional woman who loved the Lord her family and friends. She had a way of touching your very soul and leaving you remembering her...Read More »
1 of 1 | Posted by: Rosalia Britt - Rockville, MD


Clara was born March 2, 1923 to Alice R. Williams and Presley Hammond in Lisbon, Maryland. Later in her childhood, she moved to Baltimore, Maryland and then settled in Brinklow, Maryland until her marriage to the late Benjamin Austin Bowie. Clara had eight children, Dorothy Hammond Brooks, Richard A Bowie and Wilson L. Bowie. Deceased Benjamin A. Bowie, Jr., Mable L. Bowie Hackey, James W. Bowie Mary A. Bowie Meekins and Clarice E. Bowie Lyles.

Clara's home church was "Church of Christ" at Manor Woods, where she really enjoyed going with her friends at Bauer Park.

Clara was employed as a housekeeper and she loved to cook and bake from scratch. Everything had a great aroma and you couldn't wait to taste it. She would spoil her grandchildren by making individual servings of whatever was being prepared just for that person; also having tea parties with her granddaughters under a large willow tree in the yard. Sewing was another passion; where as she loved making clothes. While living at Bauer Park, she would alter (as she would say "take in" or "let out") clothes for some of the residents there. She also enjoyed playing bingo and having lunch with the residents as well. Even at her age, she walked across the street to the businesses and Safeway and didn't like to use her cane; swinging it as she walked, saying she didn't need it.

Can't leave out the plants! Clara had a very powerful green thumb. Do not believe she ever lost a plant due to neglect. Plants grew inside and outside and would look artificial because they were so beautiful. Canning food (veggies and fruit) was also a passion of Clara's for as long as we can remember; right up to the end. Clara loved to take pictures of her family. Pictures were everywhere of her family and other loved ones. Anyone who came to her house were given a history of every picture as to who was who, her relationship to them, where they fit in the family, on which side, and so on (lots of fun). She was happy to "show off" HER family.

Her family were her love and life and will surely miss her. In her passing, she leaves a daughter, Dorothy Brooks; two sons, Richard and Wilson Bowie; 15 grandchildren, William, Karl, Benjamin, Anthony, Roslyn, Jeanette, Debbie, Emery, Mary, Raymond, Tina, Matthew, Trina, Kevin and Daniel; 18 great-grandchildren; 14 great great-grandchildren; one great great great-grandchild; a sister Alice Hinton; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law and a host of other family and friends. Clara was preceded death by four of her grandchildren: David, Doretta, Sharon and Anton.

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246 N. Washington St. Rockville, MD 20850
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