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Edith Hattie Bowden

April 24, 1939 ~ April 9, 2022 (age 82)

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Edith Hattie Bowden (also fondly known as Grandma, Mother B and GG) peacefully passed away at home with her daughters by her side on the morning of April 9, 2022.

Edith was born on April 24, 1939 to Ethel Bell Rowe and Johnnie Jamison.

From early on in childhood, Edith was adopted and raised by her mother Queen Ester and father Asbury Jamison in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She graduated from George Washington Carver High School. Edith was known for her generous spirit and some what quiet demeanor. She played on her high school basketball team and she also was privileged to play the piano for her High School graduation procession.

Edith met her spouse, Vernon Lee Bowden (who preceded her in death) while he was traveling up and down the East Coast with his gospel group. This encounter led to romance and her trip “away from the farm” as she put it. She was excited to be moving to Washington, DC to get a taste of city life.

Vernon and Edith married on September 7, 1958. Vernon took his newlywed bride and moved to their own abode and settled down in North East, Washington, DC. There they raised five children, three sons, Johnnie Lee Bowden, Norris Lorenzo Bowden and Vernon Leon Bowden ( all deceased). She is Survived by her two daughters, Bernell T. Bowden-Elliott and Henrietta K. Bowden.

Edith worked for many years at Federal Trade & Commission located in Washington, DC as a Head Cook, until her retirement. While residing in North East, DC, Edith was known for being a very active and committed Mother to her children and the community. She kept score for the neighborhood baseball team, known as the 21st Street A’s. She would also gather as many of the neighborhood kids, along with her own children, into the family station wagon and off they would head for Sunday School.

Later on in her life, Edith built on her spiritual foundation laid by her parents (Queen Ester and Asbury Jamison) and she accepted a Bible Study conducted by her son Johnnie and daughter Bernell. Edith began to progress and loved what she was learning about her heavenly Father, Jehovah. Not too long thereafter, Edith made the decision to symbolized her dedication to Jehovah, by being baptized on July 5, 2003 in Crownsville, Maryland.

Edith loved helping and sharing Bible truths about God’s Kingdom with others and especially her dear family. She was fondly known for her public witnessing. She was also known for her willing spirit to use her vehicle, “the van” out in the ministry; which was always filled with refreshments. She will be sorely missed.

Edith is survived by her sisters; Vera, Delona, Jeanette, Alfreda, Lenora, Patricia, Alberta and brother Napoleon. Along with her Sister-in-Law Hilda Bowden, Daughter-in-Law Brenda Bowden, Son-in-Law Stefon Elliott, a host of Grand Children, Great Grand Children, Nieces and Nephews, Relatives and many Friends.

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