Shirley Ann Bowman, 85, passed from this life into eternal life on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Inova Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia.
Shirley Ann Bowman was born on October 5, 1935 to Albert Isaac and Loretta Williams in Manhattan, NY. The daughter of West Indian immigrants from the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, and the second youngest of 12 children, Shirley attended primary schools in Spanish Harlem, New York City. She graduated from Julia Richmond high school in Manhattan, NY in 1953. Shirley took a special interest in the medical field because her younger brother, John, was a Cardiopulmonary Perfusionist for open heart surgery. She decided to study nursing and enrolled in Home Nursing School. Shirley would later go on to become a nurses aide at the Veterans Administration hospital in Bronx, NY where she would meet her husband, Thomas A. Bowman, a veteran of the United States Air Force who worked as an aircraft machinist. She later retired as a home attendant nurse in 1991.
Shirley was a private person who enjoyed her soap operas and reality television. If Wendy Williams said it, that meant it was true! She had a unique way of expressing her love and did the best that she could to support her family. She took great pride in her grandchildren and took an active role in helping to raise them during their formative years. Shirley loved to spoil her grandkids! “Did Grandma cook?” was a phrase heard often over the years. Nobody made rice, fried whiting, oatmeal and oxtails better than her!
Shirley had a strong work ethic that she passed down to her daughters and grandchildren and she strongly encouraged education and career advancement. She loved politics and revered her civic duty to vote. Shirley loved the Obama family just as much as her own, keeping their family calendar in rotation every year. She was so excited to vote for our first black President in 2007 and was equally determined to vote this year for our first black and female Vice President of the United States, despite the pandemic. Shirley was a woman of great courage who used her last bit of strength to send out text messages to tell the ones she was leaving behind that she loved them.
She is survived by two daughters, Nevolia and Lureta; four grandchildren, Natalia, Nathaniel, Natasha and Kyra; and one great-grandchild, Payton. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 35 years, Thomas; her daughter, Yzette Isaac; her sister, Alice Smith; and her niece, Sandra Martin.
Mommy/Grandma, you will truly be missed and we are blessed to have had you as the matriarch of our family. We will always carry your memory in our hearts. ❤️
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