In Loving

Adella “Sissy” Bowden

January 3, 1924 – May 10, 2020

Adella “Sissy” Bowden, 96, of Richmond passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Sissy is survived by her husband John (Jack) L. Bowden Jr; children Lance (Mary) Bowden and Ann (Dave) Voss; adoring nieces and nephews; and the true loves of her life, grandchildren John, Emma,  Claire, Keely, Tommy, and Scottie.

Always the adventurer and lifelong learner, Sissy travelled the world in person and through books. As an avid sports fan, the ultimate payoff came last year from UVA’s basketball championship. She loved the arts – painting, writing, music, and dancing the jitterbug. She faced challenges head-on: working at a WWII airfield, selling furniture, teaching interior design, fulfilling the role of navy officer’s wife, various leadership roles in PEO, volunteering as room mother, leading Girl Scout troops, and running her own marketing research company. She was ready for a movie at a moment’s notice, but it was really for the popcorn. Sissy was kind, loving, and humble, and never met a stranger.

To borrow from the other ol’ blue eyes:

“I’ve lived a life that’s full

I traveled each and every highway

And more, much more than this

I did it my way.”

Memorial gifts can be made to Friends of Henrico County Library or PEO Continuing Education Fund.