Barbara (Bobbie) Hall Bowne
Barbara (Bobbie) Helen Hall Bowne, 91, passed away at home, June 9, 2014, one day shy of her 92nd birthday.
Bobbie was predeceased by Jerry, her loving and devoted husband of 67 years.
She is survived by three sisters, Martha Packer, Philadelphia, Pa., Sue Van Kersen, Palm Harbor, Fla., and Ellie Freese, Santa Barbara, Calif.; her four children, Douglas (Catherine), Little Falls, Kaima (Edmond), Franklin, Heidi (John), Binghamton and Marcia, Oneonta; grandchildren, Heather Hrobsky (Martin), Toronto, Ont., Anna Bowne (Dennis), Rochester, Cameron Bowne, Oneonta, Bruno Roberts and Rogerio Roberts, Binghamton; step- granddaughters, Melissa Couch and Sarah Presto, Binghamton; and three great-grandchildren, Peter and Lenka Hrobsky and Isaac Canary.
Bobbie was born June 10, 1922, in Elizabeth, N.J., the second daughter of Melville and Marguerite Hall. She grew up in Walden. In 1944, Bobbie graduated from Cornell University with a degree in home economics.
Active in the Cornell Outing Club, she met Jerry Bowne while skiing. They married in 1945 and moved to Delaware County in 1947.
Bobbie taught home economics until she and Jerry started a family. She was involved with her children’s education, social activities, and numerous community organizations, including First Congregational Church, 4-H, Girl Scouts, National Ski Patrol, the Hospital Guild, League of Women Voters and the Tri-Town Parkinson’s Support Group. Among her contributions to these organizations was her ability to plan, organize and coordinate events with efficient grace.
Bobbie was an avid adventurer and traveler who believed these activities are a valuable way to expand one’s understanding of other cultures and environments. She encouraged family and friends to explore the world. Bobbie and Jerry hosted four Rotary Exchange students.
Bobbie was a naturalist, knowledgeable about regional plants and wildlife. She pursued this interest through art, capturing nature in oil and watercolor paintings, fiber and most recently, in handmade paper.