Mary Patricia (Pat) Bowman, 88, passed away May 9, 2023 while in Hospice in Luray, Virginia.
She was born December 12, 1935 in Waynesboro, VA to Wilfred Jerome Billerbeck and Suzanne Elouise Fogerty Billerbeck.
Pat was a well-known artist here in the Shenandoah Valley and she had an appreciation for all the arts. Her favorite mediums were oils and watercolors. Her artwork can be found in many private collections in America and has sold abroad. Pat won art awards in juried art shows in various localities and attended many fine art workshops taught by professional artists. She also taught private classes in oils, watercolor, calligraphy, drawing, and other related fine arts and she could be seen demonstrating her painting skills at local festivals, fairs, and art shows both here in Page County and in surrounding localities. In her words, she felt that, "One can get lost in a painting when everything is going just right; the color, the values, and in the story you tell."
She is survived by her husband, Joseph Bowman of Luray and four children: her son, Rick Bowman of Middletown, Pa.; two other sons, Bobby and Gary Bowman of Luray; her daughter, Linda Bristor of Luray; her sister, Joan Billerbeck of Silverspring, Md.; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Elinor B. O’Connel, her brother, Jerome Billerbeck, and her son, Mark Randall Bowman.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday May 12, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray. A private family graveside service will be held at on Saturday May 13, 2023, at the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.
Pat’s enthusiasm for fine art, her newly created art pieces, her memberships in local art groups, and her many area art displays and demonstrations will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and fans.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent in Mary Patricia Bowman’s name to the Salvation Army, Luray Fire Department, Shen-Paco Industries, or a charity of your choice.
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