|Louisa Catherine Olney Bowen
The Washington Post - Emily Langer 2012
Louisa Bowen, 102, a homemaker who did secretarial work in the Washington area
during World War II, died Feb. 26 at a nursing home in Bluffton, S.C.
The former Bethesda resident had vascular dementia and other ailments, said her son,
John B. Bowen III.
During World War II, Mrs. Bowen was a payroll clerk at what is now the Walter Reed
National Military Medical Center in Bethesda and business manager of the Bethesda
Journal. She was also a neighborhood air-raid warden.
She retired to the Chesapeake Bay area in the late 1970s and later moved to South
Louisa Catherine Olney was born in Birmingham, Ala., and grew up in Washington. She
was a 1927 graduate of Western High School.
Her memberships included the Woman’s Club of Bethesda.
Her husband of 66 years, John B. Bowen Jr., died in 1996.
Survivors include two children, John B. Bowen III of Yorba Linda, Calif., and Elizabeth B.
DePass of Bluffton, S.C.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.