A. LAURA (LYNCH) BOWMAN Falmouth- A. Laura (Lynch) Bowman died Friday, June 2, 2017 at JML. On March 14, 1932, in Belmont, MA, Elwood N. and Mildred A. (Collins De Young) Lynch had the first of four girls. Her name was Alice Laura, everyone called her Laura. Five years later, Doris (deceased) was born and eight years after that Marilyn and Marion (deceased).
In 1946 her mother died during surgery. It was not long after that her family was split up. She continued to live in Belmont for part of her high school years. It was during this period that Laura realized her talent and passion for the arts. She started off as a window dresser at a local department store.
She moved to West Falmouth to live with her Uncle John and Aunt Elizabeth (Lib) Lynch to complete her high school education. It was while riding her bike to the market that she met her future husband, Fred N. Bowman. He was out by the street painting his fence- it started with a hello. He will tell you that the first time he saw her was on the raft at Bowerman's Beach. She was so seasick (of course) that the crew from Bowerman's Beach had to go out and rescue her. When she finally staggered back to Chapoquoit Beach, she was green. Little did he realize that he would soon be spending Friday nights roller skating with her.
It was not until she went to get a copy of her birth certificate for her marriage license did she find out that her first name was actually Alice. They were married August 22, 1952, just prior to Fred being drafted into the Army. They have four children- Fred (Gina) Bowman Jr. of Mystic, CT, Susan (A.T.) Garner of East Falmouth, MA, Nancy (Guy) Vella of St. Cloud, FL, and Shirley (John) Barkley of East Falmouth, MA. They have six grandchildren- Kristen, Jennifer (Dan), Melanie, Jessika, John, and Julie. They have two great grandchildren- Jacob and Grayson.
While her children were young, Laura was a stay at home mother; but that didn't mean she stayed at home. Back then, most of the residents in the the small village of West Falmouth were related. There was always an open door, a hot cup of coffee, and conversation.
During this time, she was known for painting a reproduction of the annual family Christmas card on their front storm door. For the delicious pies she baked that were always in such great demand. She was an accomplished knitter and seamstress. Her ability and desire to knit beautiful, intricate patterns did not waiver despite spending hours trying to teach right handed girls (when you are left handed) how to knit. She went on to paint beautiful landscapes that hang in all the homes of her loved ones.
Laura went on to spend over 39 years at the switchboard of Falmouth Hospital. Her son in law and his firefighter friends affectionately calling her Ma Barker. She loved to talk on the phone, a joy that ebbed after she suffered her first stroke.
We are grateful to Dr. O'Connor for always being there, especially at the end. This past year was extremely difficult and would have been nearly impossible if it had not been for the excellent care, the compassion, and dedication of the staff at JML.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Please remember Laura by "paying it forward." Perform a random act of kindness. If you see someone struggling or know someone who could use some help, lend them a hand. "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and You could say, 'I used everything You gave me.' “-Erma Bombeck.