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Obituaries, Week of May 14: Bowen, Fisher, Gouldman

Posted on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm


 Ann Rice Bowen, 81, of Warsaw peacefully went to be with her Lord on Saturday, May 10, 2014. She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Marian Rice and her sister, Katherine Kent. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Pastor Donald Bowen; four children and their spouses, Donna McKinney (Mac), Angela Herrmann (Brett), Jennifer Denning (Bill) and Jonathan Bowen (Jane); nine grandchildren, Sarah Warwick, Bethany Griffith, Nathan Herrmann, Rachel Taylor, Christopher, Zachary and Nicholas Denning, Eleanor and Clay Bowen; two great-grandchildren, Abigail Warwick and Kinsey Herrmann.

Ann and her husband served churches for 60 years in Warsaw, VA; Raleigh, NC; Lillington, NC; Alexandria, VA; and for the past 15 years, Cobham Park Baptist Church of Warsaw, VA. Ann was a gifted Bible teacher and women’s ministry leader in all of the churches they served. She exemplified selfless giving as a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

A memorial service will be held at the Cobham Park Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 1 p.m. with private interment. Dr. Bill Denning and Dr. Ricky Speas will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ann Bowen Memorial Fund, c/o the Cobham Park Baptist Church, P.O. Box 306, Warsaw, VA 22572.


 Helen “Rosie” Louise Fisher, 40, passed away suddenly Thursday, May 8, 2014 in an automobile accident.

Born and raised in Colonial Beach, Rosie was a graduate of Colonial Beach High School.

She is survived by her parents, Lester and Pat Combs and Gerald and Sherry Fisher; two sisters, Tricia Rose (Ames) of Montross  and  Brandy Fisher of Chicago, Ill.; three brothers, Jason Marders of Beaver Dam, Va., Matt Combs (Marti) of Colonial Beach, Andrew Combs (Jessica) of Montross and many nieces & nephews.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 13 at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach. Burial followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.

Please sign the online guestbook at nashandslawfh.com.


Ellen Flemer Latané Gouldman died on Sunday, May 4, 2014 in Roanoke. She was the daughter of James and Martchen Latané of Wakefield in Westmoreland County. She was predeceased by her husband, John Cheatham Gouldman, her daughter, Jacqueline Cheatham Gouldman, and her brother, James Wilson Latané.

Ellen graduated as valedictorian from Oak Grove High School. She had many fond memories of her years at the College of William and Mary where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She majored in chemistry and graduated with the class of 1937.

After college, she worked as a medical technician in Richmond and then moved home to the Northern Neck to work for Selective Service during WWII. Following the war, she worked for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, and then the Department of Social Services, where she retired as Superintendent.

Ellen was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oak Grove and the first woman to serve on the vestry of that parish. She served as president of the Episcopal Church Women and was active in the Wakefield Club, the Home Demonstration Club, George Washington Memorial Association, Westmoreland Women’s Club, and the Northern Neck Historical Society.

Ellen loved to sew, read, and spoil her grandchildren. Friends and family were always impressed with her boundless energy and carefree spontaneous nature. She had a great passion for travel and relished in sharing stories from her adventures abroad, but her home on the water at her beloved Blake’s Point is where she was happiest.

Ellen will be remembered as a loyal and lifelong friend and a compassionate caregiver. Her generosity was immeasurable, her enthusiasm contagious. She was ageless and light-hearted and brought fun and laughter to every occasion.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet Gouldman Rutherford of Roanoke; grandchildren, Erin Rutherford Bagnell and her husband Edward Everett Bagnell of Richmond, Meghan Rutherford Cochran and her husband Brent Garreth Cochran of Roanoke, and William Vanston Rutherford of Bedford, and great-grandchildren, Ellen Latané Bagnell, Anne Everett Bagnell, and Estella Bruce Cochran.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 10 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Oak Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church in Oak Grove, Va. Arrangements by Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel and Crematory, www.oakeys.com.