In February 2004, Dorothy celebrated her 90th birthday with a surprise party given for her complete with champagne and balloons amidst friends and family. She loved every minute of it and entertained those present with humorous and poignant stories from her life. She never forgot a face, a name, an event or a place she had visited. She took great pride in maintaining her own home throughout her lifetime.
When she and husband, Richard, gave birth to their daughter, Dorothy put aside plans for her own future and turned her attention to becoming a good mother. Five years later she took on the role of "single mom." Working long hours first at Banquet Foods and later at Marshall State School and Hospital, she was steadfast in her commitment to providing a stable home instilled with important values. Dorothy was a lady who loved learning new things and seeing new places. She was an expert in teaching herself, delving into subjects she found interesting, i.e., mastering the art of salt water aquariums, raising unique tropical fish and even miniature seahorses. She fancied mushrooms and sought out as many different varieties as she could find. Born with a green thumb, she was able to take the tiniest shoot given to her and raise it into a spectacular flowering bush. When Sputnik was launched in 1957, she never missed seeing it pass overhead at night. Using her telescope, she studied the constellations and was delighted that she had her own place in the cosmos with a star named especially for her in the International Star Registry. Although her "catch" was most often a small one, she never tired of fishing. She enjoyed the solitude of taking long walks in Indian Foothills Park. Dorothy was a great cook and no one could make blackberry dumplings like her. She enjoyed feeding the birds and could identify each and every one that visited her patio. Books, television and music were regular activities in her retirement. She was passionate about health and exercise and maintained a daily regiment of riding her exercise bike no less than 30 miles daily well into her 80s. She was committed throughout her life to caring for animals and always had pets of her own which she cherished. She will be missed by Tiffany, her Yorkshire terrier. She was loved by her daughter and will be remembered fondly by her brother and friends.
Mrs. Bowden is survived by her daughter, Dr. Carolyn M. Bowden of Salisbury, and a brother, Ronald Sappington of Sweet Springs, MD.
A private service is being held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are being handled by Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. Visit www.delmarvaobits.com.
The above is a paid obituary.