Edith Jones Bowling, age 91, died Friday, June 12 after a month-long decline. Born in Belmont, NC to Zeb and Mary Evans Jones she was the middle child of five - Edna Webb, J.W. Jones, Tommy Jones (surviving), and Helen Mitchell. Raised from age eight at Oxford Orphanage, OO was the firm, happy foundation of her life. She attended Nursing School at Cabarrus Memorial in Concord, NC and having been impressed by her psychiatry rotation at Dorothea Dix Hospital, she returned after graduation and worked for over 30 years on night-duty. Married in 1952 for 62 years to William Raeford Bowling (1930-2015) they raised their family in Cary, NC, and later moved toward Fuquay near their second daughter and her family where she enjoyed 20 years of familial support and contentment. In recent years she loved cards and letters, all things Christmas, phone calls with numerous relatives, friends, and lunches at the NC State Farmers Market with OO alumni and her DDH nurses’ group.
Surviving: daughters: Julie Tomlin, Carolyn Gunton (Matt); son, Randy Bowling (Diane); Grandchildren: Cutter Tomlin (Elizabeth), Chad Gunton, Sarah Gunton, Shannon Harshbarger (Turtle); Great-grandchildren: Lily Harshbarger, Ethan Tomlin.
“Love you, Mom. Thanks for everything.”
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