Obituary: Carolyn V. Bowden (1937-2021)

Carolyn Valentour Bowden, 83, of Missouri City, Texas was born on December 1, 1937 and was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Carolyn was born in Jackson, Mississippi and was the eldest of two children born to parents, Melvin and Kay Valentour. She attended the University of Mississippi where she graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Commerce and was a proud sister of the Delta Gamma Sorority.

After college, Carolyn would go on to work at Reed Tool Company where she met her future husband, Joe Bowden.

On February 6, 1960, she and Joe were married in Houston, TX where they would settle and spend 61 years of marriage filled with family, friends, and love.

Carolyn was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church in Missouri City. She lived her life as a faithful servant of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Among her greatest joys was raising her children, as well as being an active role model to other youth. She was a devoted Granny and loved being actively and uniquely involved in each of her seven grandchildren’s lives.

More recently, Carolyn had the honor of becoming a great-grandmother. She took pride in being a “granny” to all she met and was insistent on being called as such.

She was always extremely passionate with regard to any undertaking. She was active in her church, including teaching Sunday school for over 50 years, was an organizer and leader in the Girl Scouts, and was a valued community advocate, serving her community through Quail Valley Proud. She wrote four books relating the history of the Missouri City area as well as articles for a local newspaper.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her father, Melvin Valentour and mother, Kay Valentour. She is survived by her brother, Jerry Valentour; husband, Joe Bowden; daughters, Cara Quirch (Jorge), Laura Earwood (Mark); son, Brent Bowden (Susan); seven grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 2 p.m at First United Methodist Church in Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd. Missouri City, TX 77459.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made in her memory to First United Methodist Church in Missouri City.

(Editor’s note: Fort Bend Independent pays homage to Carolyn Bowden, who elevated the pages of this newspaper with her weekly columns under the heading “Around the Neighborhoods” from 2013 to 2018. The city of Missouri City has published the collection of her newspaper columns as a book titled “Around the Neighborhoods.”)