Mary Louise Bowman, retired teacher, dies

Mary Louise Bowman was a retired teacher at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen School and a gardener.

Mary Louise Bowman, a retired teacher at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen School and a gardener, died of heart disease Dec. 16 at her daughter's Timonium home.

The former Murray Hill resident was 85.


Born in Madison, Wis., she was the daughter of Mary Chalfant Woodford, an elementary school teacher, and Clark Burton Woodford, a dentist.

She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree from what is now Loyola University Maryland.


Mrs. Bowman had lived in Annapolis and taught at Edgewater Elementary School in the 1950s. After moving to Baltimore more than 50 years ago, she taught second grade at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen School.

She served as a class mother at Roland Park Country and Friends schools, and was involved in parent-teacher associations. She was active in the Murray Hill Garden Club, the Woman's Club of Roland Park and the Baltimore chapter of Pi Beta Phi.

She was an animal fancier and was active in wildlife preservation efforts on Kent Island. She enjoyed crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 7 at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St., where she belonged to the Women's Association. She also sat on church committees and was a member of the congregation's governing body.

Survivors include a son, Clark Woodford Sink Bowman of Baltimore; a daughter, Marylouise "Missi" Chalfant Bowman of Timonium; and two granddaughters. Her marriage to Donald Eugene Bowman ended in divorce.

— Jacques Kelly