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BOWMAN, Margaret MARGARET N. BOWMAN Margaret N. Bowman was born January 21, 1932, and passed away June 4, 2013. The daughter of Henry and Ruth Russell Nelson, she grew up in several towns/cities in both Kentucky and Georgia. Her father was a college president, a high school principal and DeKalb County School Superintendent; her mother a high school teacher and church volunteer. She survived her sister, Florence, and brother, Roger, both also teachers. Margaret received a Bachelor's degree from Mercer University in 1951 and later a Masters in Education from Georgia State University in 1977. In December, 1952, she married Keyes Bowman (deceased July 5, 2012). Margaret began her teaching career at the age of 19 and she taught for 26 years in both the Atlanta and Fulton County School Systems (taking time off to raise each of her four children). She first taught English and Social Studies at Bass High School in Atlanta, moving to various other schools including Eastern and S.L. Lewis Elementary Schools, and ending her career as a reading specialist at Gullatt Elementary. She was an avid volunteer at East Point First United Methodist and College Park First United Methodist Churches, serving as president of the United Methodist Women, frequent Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher/leader, and holding leadership roles on numerous church committees. Margaret also volunteered regularly in her community and was treasurer of and an active participant in Advocates for Special Citizens, an organization for children with disabilities. She was also a past president and member of the Gamma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary teaching organization that provides scholarships to deserving students. Margaret was always doing things for other people - caring for years for a son with disabilities and a husband with Alzheimer's, as well as for church shut-ins and anyone else who needed assistance. She loved teaching, reading and cooking. Margaret is survived by three children: Carolyn Biggs and her husband Jim; Joyce Greenblatt and her husband Russell; and Glenn Bowman and his wife Mary. One son, Nelson Bowman, preceded her in death. She is also survived by six grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 8 at 11 am at College Park First United Methodist Church followed by interment at College Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 - 8 pm at Carmichael-Hemperley, 2968 East Point St., East Point, GA 30344. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to College Park First United Methodist Church.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 6, 2013