PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Elizabeth Ann Stowe Anderson died peacefully in her sleep in the early morn-ing hours of Aug. 28, 2014, at her home in Panama City, Fla.
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She was born Aug. 10, 1919 to Samuel Pinckney Stowe Sr. and Ethel Patrick Stowe of Belmont. In addi-tion to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Charles T. Stowe, Sr., and Samuel Pinckney Stowe Jr.
Ann graduated from Belmont High School and from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia. She served with the American Red Cross in England during World War II. In the mid-1950s she moved to Jackson-ville FL and was an active member of South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church where she served for 25 years as Director of Children's Work. Following retirement she remained as active as ever in leading the Senior Adult Ministry (SAM's Club), organizing craft days, driving the church bus on Sunday mornings for shut-ins to attend worship, creating the first Chrismon tree for the church, and volunteering for The Sanctuary on 8th Street (a very abbreviated list). Ann served on the board for St. Augustine Presbytery's Camp Montgomery. In gratitude for the renewed gift of life following recovery from heart surgery in 1996, she donated and continued to support the High Ropes Course at the Camp. She loved life, enjoyed camping and crafts, and was an avid reader.
Her greatest joy in life was time spent and trips taken with her two sons and their growing families, all surviving: Frank, married to Cindy with children David and Tori; and Joe, married to Gloria, with chil-dren Patrick (married to Amber), Carrie, and William.
In the summer of 2013 Ann moved to Panama City to be closer to Joe's family. She loved her new home and her pool, but above all she valued the new friendships she formed in the short time she had at her new church home, Grace Presbyterian of Panama City.
Ann was blessed to spend her final few days at her home. This gift would not have been possible without the outpouring of caring and compassion shown by the dedicated staff of Emerald Coast Hos-pice of Panama City.
The family requests that memorials to Ann be directed either to Grace Presbyterian Church Grace Cares Ministry, or to Emerald Coast Hospice. Ann's funeral service was held Sunday, August 31, at 2:30 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian, Rev. Dr. Gary Cecil officiating. Internment of her ashes, beside the graves of her mother and father, will be September 4 at 11 AM, in Greenwood Cemetery, next to First Presbyterian Church, in Belmont NC, Rev. Samuel P. Warner officiating. Local arrangements are entrusted with McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont.
A favorite scripture for Ann was Psalm139:14, "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well."
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515 North Central Avenue
Belmont, NC 28012
Published in Gaston Gazette on Sept. 3, 2014