Bowie, Margaret Sealer
Birth: Sunday, March 27, 1921
Residence: Waldorf, MD
Death: Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the age of 99
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Margaret Sealer Bowie of Waldorf, Maryland, formerly of Temple Hills, Maryland, passed away at the age of 99 years, on Sunday, May 24, 2020. Born March 27, 1921 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Henry Dunbar Strickler and Ida Mae Sealer Strickler. She was one of four children, including her two sisters, Mary Gosch and Ruth Cohen, and one brother George Strickler. She was raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Lebanon Senior High School in 1937 and then worked for the Pennsylvania State Highway Department in Harrisburg. At the outbreak of World War II she came to the aid of her country by working as a civilian at Fort Indian Town Gap for the U.S. Army. While at Fort Indian Town Gap, Mrs. Bowie met her future husband, Captain Edmund C. Bowie. They were married December 9, 1944. After the war the couple made their home in Washington, DC . While her husband pursued a career as a lawyer, Margaret went to work for the Federal government as a secretary for the U.S. Library of Congress. The Bowies' welcomed their first child, a son, Edmund C. Bowie Jr. in 1948 and their second child, a daughter, Ellen M. Bowie in 1954. They moved to Maryland, eventually settling in Temple Hills, Maryland. Over the years, Mrs. Bowie worked for the Prince George's County School System in several different schools as an administrative secretary and finally as a guidance counseling secretary. She retired in 1980. Mrs. Bowie was also a very devoted and loving wife and mother and loyal friend to many. She enjoyed being with her family and participating in her children's activities. She remained very close to her siblings and enjoyed annual trips with them to Ocean City, New Jersey. Her grandchildren were a great source of joy for her and she loved spending time with them. Her church was very important her and she served in many capacities supporting its work. She served as an officer of the Episcopal Women's Group, United Thank Offering chair, as a member of the Altar Guild, and enjoyed working at the many dinners and special events, eventually being named Woman of the Year. In memory of Margaret Bowie dontations may be made to the Marine Corps Heritage foundation at
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