Barbara Boothe Bowden


Mrs. Barbara Boothe Bowden, 83, of Chincoteague Island, passed away peacefully at her island home on Aug. 3, 2022.  She was born and raised on the island that she loved on Nov. 6, 1938, a daughter to the late Roland and Catherine (Lewis) Boothe.

She was a faithful member of the Chincoteague Church of God where she taught Sunday school to all the little children who wanted to learn about Jesus.  She also loved being a part of the “You Go Girls” group where she enjoyed spending time with her dear friends. Selling fruits and vegetables at her Marsh Mellow Ridge produce stand was a great joy to her alongside her husband, George, where they made many friends and had many conversations with locals and visitors alike. Barbara was undoubtedly a people person and in turn they responded to her personality and quick wit.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, George; her son, Danny Bowden, of Chincoteague Island; her daughters, Cathy Manning, of New Church, Bobbie Wilson and her husband, Tom, of Horntown, and Kim Hill and her husband, John, of Chincoteague Island; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law, Bonnie Boothe and Cleo Boothe, both of Chincoteague Island, and Ada Carr and her husband, Jim, of Delaware. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Ray Manning, and two brothers, Robert and William Boothe.

Graveside services were held Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at 11 a.m., at the Thornton Cemetery, with the Rev. Kevin Eley officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union Baptist Church Meal Ministry, 6365 Church St., Chincoteague Island, VA 23336.

Services were entrusted to Salyer Funeral Home Inc., on Chincoteague Island.

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