Annie May Bowden, 82, died on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at the home of her daughter, Louise Greenier, surrounded by the family she adored.

She was born in Prospect on Oct. 1, 1927, the daughter of the late Nelson A. and Helen M. (Moody) Clark.  She attended schools in Prospect and Winterport and graduated from Searsport High School in 1945.

Annie worked as a store clerk and as a cook at MCI, Camp Modin, and at Pittsfield Head Start until her retirement due to ill health.  She was a great mother and teacher to her six children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She taught them how to cook, knit, and crochet among other things.  If her children were asked what their mother’s hobbies were, we told them she was a “happy hooker” for all the crocheting she did.

Annie was a life member of Joseph R. Sanford VFW Auxiliary 3198 in Skowhegan. She also belonged to the Ripley Grange.

Annie is survived by her three sons and their wives; Nelson and Linda Bowden of Canaan, David and Lois Bowden of Hartland, and Walter and Judy Bowden of Newport; her two daughters, Louise Greenier of Canaan and Bonnie Moshier of Clinton; her sister, Ada Koch, of Searsport; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Walter; her daughter, Eva Sisco; her brother, Albin Clark, and a sister, Eva Dunbar.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Canaan Fire Department on Main Street in Canaan.

A graveside service will also be held in the spring of 2010 at the Fairview Cemetery in Canaan.

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