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Sylvia Bowling

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Sylvia Lois Bowling

We are saddened to announce the death of Sylvia Lois Bowling (91), who passed away at her home in Rancho Palos Verdes on July 22, 2016. She was preceded in death by her late husband Dan P. Bowling who died forty-five days earlier. They were married 73 years.

A native of San Pedro, Lois was born on November 27th in 1924 to Rodney Edward and Sylvia Christina Van Devander and grew up as an only child. She graduated from San Pedro High School in 1942. Blessed with a beautiful soprano voice, while still in high school, she began singing regularly on radio station KFOX in Long Beach until she left in 1943 for Greenville, South Carolina to marry newly commissioned Army Air Force pilot Dan P. Bowling. When Dan was sent overseas during World War II, Lois returned to San Pedro and worked at the Bethlehem Shipyard on Terminal Island and at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro where she processed separation papers for soldiers returning from the Pacific Theatre.

Upon her husband's return to civilian life in 1945, the couple moved to Harbor City where Dan, along with his father-in-law, established a real estate and construction business partnership that lasted for forty-two years. Lois became a homemaker and was soon immersed in the lives of their two children – Lance, born in 1948, and Mitzi, born in 1953. She became PTA president of a local elementary school, a Blue-Bird troop leader, President of the local Soroptimist Club, a member of the Lomita Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Lomita Chapter of the Order of Pocahontas. In the early 1950s, she sang with a semi-professional female vocal quartet. In addition, her home was always open for local community gatherings and fundraisers.

By the 1960s, as the Bowling children matured and they moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Lois and her husband gravitated toward spending more time with close friends playing bridge and traveling. When grandchildren arrived in the 1970s, Lois proudly fulfilled the role of doting grandmother "Mom Lo Lo." Lois was fond of traveling and seeing the country in their motorhome and looked forward to vacations with family and friends.

Lois loved to entertain in her home and was fun-loving, playful and very generous. Her signature orange lipstick matched her bright personality. As the family matriarch, Lois had a whimsical and loving way about her and enjoyed spending hours with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When she became a great grandmother it was the proudest time for her and she decided that from then on she wanted to be called "GG Red".

Her personal passions were collecting perfume (thousands of bottles dating from the 1930s) cookbooks (which filled bookcases in every room in her home) and her beloved dogs through the years.

Lois is predeceased by her husband Dan and survived by her son Lance, daughter Mitzi Bowling Cress (Hoby), grandchildren Dandi Cress O'Connor (Mickey), Devan Cress (Courtney), Dan Cress (Lela) and great grand-children Delaney, Charleston and Callahan. The family wishes to sincerely thank Trinity Hospice and the many loving caregivers and nurses for their extraordinary care and compassion! Private services were held on Monday, August 1, 2016. Sign guestbook at dailybreeze.com
Published in Daily Breeze from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7, 2016
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