Joy Bowdry

March 19, 1928 - April 21, 2013

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Joy F. Bowdry, 85, of Mechanicsburg, went to be with the Lord Sunday, April 21, 2013 in Mercy Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 19, 1928 in Plain City, OH the daughter of Edgar and Fern (Howard) Depp.

Joy retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Mechanicsburg. She was a past board member for Mercy Memorial Hospital and a past council member for the Village of Mechanicsburg. Joy was one of the founders of the African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley, where she served as the first treasurer. She was a volunteer for many different organizations and was a model for several clothing stores. Joy enjoyed genealogy, playing cards, gardening, traveling, entertaining and playing golf.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Adolph Bowdry; brother, Gary Depp of California; sister, Janice Hill of Plain City; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joy is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Gene Oliver Depp and Gerald Edgar Depp; sister, Greta Joan Daniels.

Following Joy’s wishes her body will be cremated and burial will be held at a later date. Services have been entrusted to Skillman, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mechanicsburg Public Library, 60 S. Main St., Mechanicsburg, OH 43044 or to The Ohio Masonic Home, c/o Benevolent Endowment Foundation, 5 Masonic Dr, Springfield, OH 45504. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com


Elaine Gillam - Apr 26, 2013

Please, accept my sincere sympathy for your loss of wife and sister. I worked with Joy at WPAFB and also visited you in your home. Know she will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Robert & Olga Harris - Apr 25, 2013

Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of Joy Bowdry who was our fond friend and who we admired immensely. She will be greatly missed by us all.
Bob & Olga
Yellow Springs, Ohio

Robert and Neila Murphy - Apr 24, 2013

To the family of our fellow genealogy group member, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May our Lord give you comfort and peace at this time. We send our deepest sympathy.

Sharon Burton - Apr 23, 2013

So sorry to read of Joy’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Art Thomas - Apr 23, 2013

Anita & I send our deepest and most sincere condolence to you and the extended family of Joy. May you find strength in your faith as you reflect on the 65 years of your wonderful marriage. We shall hold a warm place in our hearts for our dear friend. May Joy rest in peace, God’s Will Be Done.
Art & Anita Thomas

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