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Mary Bowler Obituary
August 16, 1936 - July 11, 2018 Mary Bowler, IHM, died at age 81 on July 11 in the company of IHM Community members, whose "Salve Regina" blessed her journey to her new life. She had been a member of the Immaculate Heart Community for 62 years. Born in Los Angeles to Michael and Helen Margaret Bowler, she was educated by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart from Cathedral Chapel School to Immaculate Heart H.S., and Immaculate Heart College, where she earned her M.A. in Education. In her early teaching career, Mary taught at IHM schools, until 1970, when she began teaching in Adult Education for LA Unified School District, first at Jefferson Community Adult School, where she taught citizenship and ESL. At Roosevelt Community Adult School, she taught a broad range of subjects from journalism to multi-cultural understanding. She was the recipient of many awards that recognized her excellence in teaching, and on her retirement in 2005, she was honored at a special program for her years teaching at Roosevelt, 1973-2005. She was listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Mary volunteered for many years at the Braille Institute, and her service was recognized in May, 2012, for "many hours of volunteer work that you gave so unselfishly. May as much goodness come to you as you gave to others." "Once a teacher, always a teacher," Mary wrote; she loved being a teacher. She was devoted to children and to adults, who recognized that her enthusiasm, sensitivity, and compassion gave them a love of learning. Mary was predeceased by her brother, Michael. There are no surviving family members. The memorial service for Mary Bowler, IHM, will be on Saturday, August 25, at 9:00 a.m. at the Calvary Cemetery Chapel, 4201 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023. Donations to honor the life of Mary Bowler, IHM, may be made to Immaculate Heart Community, 5515 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 11 to Aug. 19, 2018
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