Leda “Marie” Bowden, 78

by | February 7, 2018 2:58 pm

   Graveside services for Leda “Marie” Bowden, 78, of Midville were held Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Johnson Family Cemetery with Rev. David Donnan and Rev. Patsy Busbee officiating. She passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at Pleasant View Nursing Center in Metter.

   Mrs. Leda “Marie” Bowden was born in Sylvania, Screven County, on February 14, 1939, to the late Forrest James Busbee Sr. and Carrie Bell Bazemore Busbee. She was a homemaker who raised three children and was an avid reader. She read and studied the entire Bible many times.  Bowden received diplomas from The United Christian International Bible Institute and The United Christian Academy during her quest to become an ordained minister. She was a member of Bibleway Ministry Church.  Needlepoint was her favorite hobby, and she was an exceptional cook and gardener. When it came to flowers, Bowden could grow anything and always had a beautiful yard, even in her later years. She enjoyed many trips to the ocean and the mountains over the years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Ellery G. Busbee and Jessie M. Busbee; a sister, Alberta Grooms; and her first husband of 22 years, Inman F. Johnson.

      Survivors include her faithful and loving husband of 38 years, John Bowden of Midville; one son, Wyatt C. (Mandy) Johnson of Midville; two daughters, Kaye J. (Jimmy) Mincey of Twin City and Susan J. (John) Rountree of Swainsboro; four grandchildren, Mellissa M. (David) Graham, Kara M. (Randy) Olliff, Nikki (Clay) Hayslip, and Tedi Rountree; seven great-grandchildren, Taylor A. Canty, Jenna Kate Burke, Jase Graham, Karly Olliff, Jon Wesley Olliff, Laney Hayslip, and Kourtney Hayslip; and two brothers, Forrest James (Patsy) Busbee Jr.  and Russell S. (Susan) Busbee, both of Ellabelle.

   Pallbearers were Pat Johnson, Robert Johnson, Charles Scott, James Busbee, Richard Portwood, Wendy Underwood, Johnny Lane, Richard McNeely, and Lawrence Kenyon.

   Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.

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