Anne Lile Bowden

Nov. 17, 1925-March 22, 2017

Anne Lile Bowden passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 22, 2017 at Liberty Shores, Poulsbo. She was 91. A long-time resident of Bainbridge Island, she was the daughter of Elma Lile and Minor C. Lile, a founding doctor of Virginia Mason Hospital. She was born at Virginia Mason Hospital on November 17, 1925 and raised in Seattle where she attended St. Nicholas School. She graduated from Sweet Briar College and in 1950 she married William D. Bowden, a Seattle interior designer.

While raising her three daughters in Seattle, she was a member of the Junior League and was actively involved at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, first as a volunteer in the Nursery feeding babies but then as a member of the Board of Directors. She also taught piano for many years to elementary school-age children.

In 1975, she moved with her husband to Bainbridge Island, where she could be surrounded by nature, her garden and her animals. She was passionate about environmental and political issues on Bainbridge, including Bainbridge Home Rule. She was a founding member of the South Bainbridge Community Association; she also loved her work as a Judge on the Juvenile Diversion program in Winslow.

She is survived by three daughters, Darsie, Raleigh (Peter Morgan), and Elisabeth (Stewart Taylor), five grandchildren, Laura (Joe Moore) and Daniel Morgan, Bevan and Annie Taylor, and Elisabeth X. Bowden, and one great grandchild, Emma June.

She loved much in this world: children, dogs, chickens, eagles, fishing in Alaska, long distance canoe trips, skiing, her music, Mount Rainier, and the rumble of the Bremerton ferry each morning as it rounded the point in front of her house.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Church (Bainbridge Island) on Saturday, June 17 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to any organization that seeks to preserve the natural world she loved so well, especially Conservation Northwest, the Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Club.

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