Bowles, Mary Helen
Birth: Sunday, April 16, 1944 in Leonardtown, Maryland
Residence: Hollywood, Maryland
Death: Monday, May 09, 2016 at the age of 72
Laid to Rest: Friday, May 13, 2016 in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Great Mills, Maryland
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Mary Helen Bowles, 72, of Hollywood, MD passed away at home on Monday, May 9, 2016 while surrounded by her family. Born April 16, 1944 in Leonardtown, MD she was the daughter of the late Francis Marcellus and Mary Thelma (Clarke) Abell. She was married to Lewis Clements Bowles, Jr. for over 50 years.

Mary Helen was an avid reader and country music fan. She attended St. John's Catholic School (Class of 1958) as well as St. Mary's Academy (Class of 1962). Mary Helen was employed with the United States Navy mess management at Pax Naval Air Station until becoming a stay at home mother. During that time she volunteered with St. John's Catholic School and St. Mary's American Little League. Within the league she was a team mother, Vice President, Treasurer and Scorekeeper at various times. Every summer you could see her at the raffle booth at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Carnival.

Mary Helen is survived by her husband, Lewis Clements Bowles, Jr.; four sons, Francis Lewis Bowles, Sr. (Vi-Ellen) of Mechanicsville, James Richard Bowles of Hollywood, MD, , Joseph Scott Bowles of Hollywood, MD and Gene Michael Bowles of Glen Burnie, MD; grandchildren, Francis Lewis Bowles, Jr., Melissa (John) Fort, Ciara Nicole Bowles and Bianca Buglisi, Great grandchildren, Angel Peters, Ash Fort and Gunnar Fort. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter Catherine Marie Bowles and Great grandson Alexander Fort. Mary Helen was a mother figure to many nephews, nieces and friends of her sons.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home chapel with prayers recited at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM in St. John's Catholic Church Hollywood, MD with Fr. Ray Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Lexington Park, MD. Pallbearers will be Thomas Bowles, Francis Bowles, Jr., BP Clarke, Leonard Bean, JC Clarke and Mark Hill. Contributions may be made to the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home.
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