Cornelia Nye “Connie” Mowry, 93, of Hayes, passed away peacefully Monday, March 13, 2017.
Connie lived her life for others. She will always be known for being a friendly and compassionate lady.
Connie was predeceased by these loved ones: husband, George Edward Mowry, M.D.; son, George Edward “Ben” Mowry Jr.; father, John Nye; mother, Mary Nye; sister, Ruby Hopewell (Harry), and brother, Walter Nye (Olga).
Connie leaves behind her daughters, Nancy Dransfield (Don) and Lynn Hall (Rodney), and granddaughters Cori and Elise Dransfield, as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Connie was born and raised in Cappahosic by the York River in Gloucester County, Virginia. She was a proud graduate of Virginia Tech (1946) and the Medical College of Virginia (1948). She then went on to direct the nutritional planning and kitchen at St. Luke’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
After marriage in 1952, she worked at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, Virginia, while her husband was doing his medical residency. When he completed his residency, they returned to Gloucester County and opened a medical practice.
Connie spent the next 15 years raising her family and helping others through her work with Abingdon Episcopal Church’s Sunday School and Altar Guild, Gloucester Day School, PTAs, Gloucester County School Board, Cub Scouts, Gloucester Woman’s Club, Head Start and the American Cancer Society. She was the Memorial Chairman for the American Cancer Society since 1958. Her team, the “Turtles” have participated in the Relay for Life since its inception.
In 1970, she went to work for the Virginia Health Department as a nutritional counselor. She administered the WIC program in Gloucester and 10 surrounding counties for 23 years. After retirement from the health department at age 69, she did independent nutritional counseling for another 11 years.
Connie enjoyed spending time with the members of the Middle Peninsula Fine Arts, Virginia Tech Alumni Association, and the Botetourt Bells.
We extend our love and thanks to Connie’s “angels” who have been loving and supportive caregivers. They are Riverside Hospice and their incredible staff, Dr. Marianne Dait, Toni Haley, Natalie Lomax, Lori Horsley, Debbie Kerns-Anderson, Angie Jenkins, Abingdon Episcopal Church, and many dear friends.
A funeral service officiated by the Rev. Sven vanBaars will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Abingdon Episcopal Church, 4645 George Washington Memorial Highway, White Marsh, Va. 23183. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In Connie’s memory, donations may be given to the American Cancer Society, c/o Nancy Dransfield, 7274 Joseph Lewis Road, Hayes, Va. 23072.
Arrangements under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point. Please visit www.hoggfh.com to share condolences and memories with the family.