Sue Hamm Bowie

Marjorie Sue Hamm Bowie, 87, of Tupelo, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at the Franks House on the campus of Traceway Retirement Community after an extended illness.

She was born in Prentiss County on Aug. 8, 1924, to the late Samuel Magus Hamm and Patti Lou Simmons Hamm. She graduated from Booneville High School 1929 and Mississippi State College for Women. Her careers include GM&O railroad hostess and she was especially proud to be secretary to hospital administrators at Baptist Memorial in Memphis, Tenn., and Alexandria, La. She was instrumental in fundraising for LeBonheur Children’s Hospital as she served as secretary to the administrator. She was a faithful member of United Methodist Churches in her communities and was very involved in Keenagers and Stuckenschneider Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church in Columbus, North Mississippi Emmaus community and locally was a member of St. Luke Methodist Church. She volunteered at Trinity Nursing Home and will be remembered for her famous cheesecakes. A lover of bridge games, she and her husband played with many friends and enjoyed trips in different parts of the world with special friends. She was a much beloved wife and a doting Aunt to her nieces and nephews.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Glen Wiygul, Rev. Claire Dobbs and Rev. Rick Brooks officiating. Burial followed at 2 p.m. in the Hamm/Bowie family plot in the Booneville City Cemetery in Booneville. Holland-Tupelo Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, William Scott (Billy) Bowie; sister-in-law, Ruby Bowie of Holly Springs; and special nieces and nephews, Patsy Gregory (Bob) of Okolona, Buddy Stubbs (Mary) of Tupelo, Carolyn Greene Herting (Dave) of Mandeville, La., Betty Burch (Manny) of Holly Springs and Vicky Griffith (Scott) of Hernando; many great-nieces and nephews, Trisha Gregory, Caroline Gregory, Susannah Gregory, Gregory Whitehead (Woodson), all of New York, N.Y., Erin Stubbs of Tupelo, Vandy Stubbs of West Point, Matthew Greene (Tara) and Michael Greene (Laura) of Madisonville, La., Jonathan Burch of Holly Springs, Jason (Ainsley) Burch of Southaven, Chris Griffith of Hernando, many great-great nieces and nephews and her special friends at the Franks Green House.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Irma Hamm Stubbs and two brothers-in-law, General Van T. Stubbs, Sr. and A. J. Bowie.

Memorial donations may be made to Traceway/United Methodist Senior Services , 2800 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801 or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.