Louisa Bowen, homemaker and secretary, dies at age 102

March 12, 2012
Louisa Bowen
homemaker, secretary

Louisa Bowen, 102, a homemaker who did secretarial work in the Washington area during World War II, died Feb. 26 at a nursing home in Bluffton, S.C.

The former Bethesda resident had vascular dementia and other ailments, said her son, John B. Bowen III.

During World War II, Mrs. Bowen was a payroll clerk at what is now the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda and business manager of the Bethesda Journal. She was also a neighborhood air-raid warden.

She retired to the Chesapeake Bay area in the late 1970s and later moved to South Carolina.

Louisa Catherine Olney was born in Birmingham, Ala., and grew up in Washington. She was a 1927 graduate of Western High School.

Her memberships included the Woman’s Club of Bethesda.

Her husband of 66 years, John B. Bowen Jr., died in 1996. Survivors include two children, John B. Bowen III of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Elizabeth B. DePass of Bluffton, S.C.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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