Anna Mae Bowling, age 76, passed away peacefully at her residence in Green Camp, Ohio, Friday, April 8, 2022. She was born September 23, 1945 in Marion, Ohio to Edgar and Lessie (Blanton) Briggs.
She was proud to be in the first graduating class of Elgin High School in 1963. She was a member of the Green Camp United Methodist Church for over 30 years.
If there was one thing Anna Mae was best known for, it was her crocheting. When traveling, she never went far without her crochet bag in case she had to wait. She easily went through thousands of skeins of yarn making afghans for baby showers and gifts for people in the hospital. She gave her creations away and would not accept payment for her work. Many of her blankets were also donated in support of local fundraising projects. She was thrilled to pass along her talent to her eldest granddaughters and loved receiving the gifts they made for her.
Anna Mae enjoyed gardening in her flower bed and was always excited to show off when new blooms came. She loved to talk about all her flowers, especially her morning glories. Her gardening skills weren’t just limited to flowers. She also had a green thumb when it came to vegetables. Her daughters fondly remember spending hours helping her plant, tend, and harvest the produce from their enormous garden. In her later years, she downsized to only a few tomato plants. Though she couldn’t eat the tomatoes, she wanted to make sure she grew something she knew her grandchildren loved to eat.
Music was another thing that brought joy to Anna Mae’s life, and the only things you’d ever catch her listening to were either traditional gospel music, or the local radio station that played nothing but the classics from the ‘50s and ’60s.
For nearly the last 30 years, Anna Mae had dedicated her love to the care of her first grandchild, Timothy LaVenia, who was born with Down Syndrome and other medical issues. Anna Mae and Tim rarely missed church on Sundays and volunteered to be greeters whenever the opportunity arose. Anna Mae has deeply and dearly missed Tim since his passing in August 2020.
Anna Mae was also preceded in death by her parents and her sister Rose Mary Bowden. She is survived by her siblings Alfred Briggs, Debra Black, Ella Gearhart, and Dorothy Carroll. She is also survived by her daughters Tammy (Bowling) LaVenia Turner and Tina (Bowling) Spurlock, and six grandchildren: Angelina, Alexis, Ariel, Caleb, Aaliyah , and Amara Spurlock.
No calling hours will be held for Anna Mae. A graveside service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at Chapel Heights Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to be part of the processional to the cemetery are asked to meet between noon and 12:30 p.m. at Boyd Funeral Home. Pastor Carl Redding will officiate the service.
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