Bowling grew up in the Gaithersburg/Washington Grove area, and was a devout Christian having been born again in 1972 as a member of Halpine Baptist Church, now known as the Twinbrook Community Church, in Rockville. She devoted her life to practicing her faith and encouraging others to grow in theirs.
For fifteen years of her life, prior to coming to Ocean Pines, Bowling was the sole caretaker of her mother, Edna, until Edna’s passing at age 105. Her personal ministry was to write letters of hope and encouragement to people of all faiths worldwide and gave her Christian testimony to anyone who would listen. Bowling was known for handing out her crocheted smiley faces brightened up with a “Jesus loves you!” note attached. She was loved by all and will be missed greatly.
Bowling is survived by her devoted husband, Joe, of Ocean Pines,to whom she was married for 58 years. She is also survived by son, Jim White, and his wife, Leslie, of Berlin, sister, Janet Reber Burdette, of Damascus grandson, James (JB) White and wife, Candy, of Chapel Hill, N.C., grand-daughter, Amanda White-Iseli and husband, Curt, of Towson. and three great-grandsons, Cameron and Brendan White, and Evan Iseli, two nieces, Jackie Martin and Bonnie Coffman of Damascus, and three nephews, Bruce, Chris, and Michael Reber.
Bowling was preceded in death by her parents, George and Edna Reber, her dear son, Brad Bowling, and her brother Bill, of Gaithersburg, and Bob, of Bethesda.
A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Twinbrook Community Church in Rockville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Margaret’s memory to Twinbrook Community Church, 5906 Halpine Road, Rockville, MD, 20851.