Lois H. Bowker, secretary and church member

April 24, 2013

Lois H. Bowker, 95, a former secretary who was a member of Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, died March 3 of pneumonia at Sunrise at Fox Hill assisted living facility in Bethesda.

The death was confirmed by her daughter Janet Miller.

In the late 1930s, Mrs. Bowker briefly worked as a secretary at the law firm McKenney, Flannery & Craighill in the District.

Lois Eileen Huffman was born in Washington and grew up in Chevy Chase. She graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1934 and from the old Temple business school in 1935.

She was an elder at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, where she also sang in the choir, served on committees and worked in the church nursery school. She also designed stained-glass panels for one of the church’s windows. Her other memberships included the Glenwood Road Garden Club and the Brookside chapter of the Azalea Society of America.

Mrs. Bowker moved to Sarasota, Fla., in 1991, but returned to Maryland in 2002.

Her husband of 69 years, J. Paul Bowker, died in 2009. Survivors include three children, Ann Bowker and Janet Miller, both of Bethesda, and James Bowker of Rockville; two sisters, Lelia Biggs of Sandy Spring and Virginia Fredlund of Sarasota; and two grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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