Mrs. Bowie Marley George died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the Copper Ridge retirement community in Sykesville, Md., where she had been a resident since mid-2011.
She was the wife of the late Harry George Jr. of Brunswick, Md., to whom she was married for more than 50 years, and the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin C. Marley Jr. of Towson, Md.
She attended Towson High School, Mount St. Agnes College in Baltimore and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and received a post-graduate degree (OB/GYN) from Margaret Hague in New Jersey.
She was a first lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II and served in both the Panama Canal Zone and the Pacific theater with the 219th General Hospital.
Growing up in the Towson/Lutherville area, which was much more rural than today, she was an avid point-to-point fan, including the vibrant social fabric that surrounded the sport. Until her passing, she was a dedicated follower and viewer of the Triple Crown, and horse racing in general. (Her distant relative, Oden Bowie, Maryland governor from 1869 to 1872, was president of the Maryland and Pimlico Jockey Clubs and was the principal force in establishing Pimlico in 1870 and the Preakness.)
Her discipline of study and degree was in nursing, for which she had an incredible talent, knowledge and professional accomplishment. It was indeed her passion and lifetime sense of being. She started her career with the Baltimore Public Health Department, Social Services Division, but shortly transitioned to a nursing position at Johns Hopkins Hospital. There, her work included assignments in the Marburg Pavilion, where dignitaries such as Joe DiMaggio, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracey and others came to be treated.
She married Harry George Jr. of Brunswick, which is where they resided throughout their long and happy marriage. They enjoyed the post-World War II years as members of the Frederick (Md.) County Cotillion, The Harpers Ferry Cooking Club, The January Club and many dances at the Officers Club at Fort Detrick. They also enjoyed extensive traveling, including many family voyages throughout the Caribbean, a three-month journey to Europe and the Soviet Union in the late 1960s, and a car trip to Alaska with three less-than-happy children in the back seat for two months!
She was a founding member and served as secretary of the Brunswick Recreation Commission in its early years. She pursued pottery, painting and yoga, and was a collector of early American antiques and silverware. She loved to shop for clothes and could have easily given Imelda Marcos a competitive run. She was known for her determination and spirit, adherence to manners and protocol, and her elegance and graciousness. She welcomed with a firm handshake, a direct eye-to-eye look, and a warm and wonderful smile. While not a regular at church services, she was nevertheless an extremely spiritual person and carried her faith in God at all times.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara B. George of Greensboro, N.C.; son, Harry George III and wife, Darlene, of Frederick, and son, Randolph B. George of Brunswick; and Barbara’s two grandchildren, Lena and Olivia Eyring of Greensboro; as well as her nieces, Mrs. Merryman Ford of Lutherville, Md., and Laura and Lass Baer of Frankford, Del.
The family will accept friends and viewing Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, from 2 and 4 p.m. and 7 and 9 p.m. at John T. Williams Funeral Home, Brunswick.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. James United Church of Christ, Lovettsville, Va., followed by interment at St. James Reformed Cemetery, Lovettsville. Pastor Roland England will officiate.
Pall bearers will be Fred Lee George III, William Hopwood, Daniel Hurwitz, Mitch McMurry, William Small and Mark Tarleton. Honorary pall bearers are Bobby Powers, Donald Tarleton, Jeff Merryman and Andy Williams.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Reformed Cemetery Co., c/o 301 Upper College Terrace, Frederick, MD 21701.