Dorothy M. Bowden, 90, of Farmington, died November 5, 2013.
Dorothy was born April 2, 1923 in North Carolina. Her family moved to Virginia when she was in the fifth grade and she never lost her southern accent. She had six brothers and six sisters, all of whom worked and lived on the family farm. She worked for Naval Officer Procurement in Richmond, VA during the early years of World War II and in July of 1944 she joined the Waves where she served in the Wave headquarters in Washington DC.
After she was honorably discharged Dorothy came north to attend Michigan State University. She majored in public administration and was initiated into the honor society Pi Sigma Alpha.
In 1948 she married Robert Bowden. They lived in Pontiac, Walled Lake, and more recently, Harbor Springs, MI. She also earned an associate's degree from Oakland Community College, but primarily worked taking care of her home and family. She especially enjoyed gardening and bridge. She took up golf, skiing and square dancing later in life and enjoyed those activities during her retirement in Harbor Springs.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Robert and grandson John. She enjoyed a good and long life but during the past year she suffered from both mental and physical impairments. Her son Richard, along with his wife La Vonda and Dorothy's grandsons Robert and Mark, will greatly miss her. She was a positive and intelligent person who was a pleasure to be around.
Her cremated remains will be returned to a cemetery near the family farm in Virginia and a memorial will be held there.