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NORMAL - Sara Le H. Bowles, 83, of 2 LaTeer Drive, Normal, passed away at 10 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 2, 2006) at her family residence.

A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family request that a cookbook be donated to a library in her name.

Sara was born Feb. 15, 1922, in Baltimore, Md., the third child of Joseph K. and Katherine Wright Hubbard. She was raised in Baltimore, where she attended Girls Latin, worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital and married Charles E. Bowles Jr. on May 2, 1942.

Sara is survived by her husband of 64 years, Charles E. Bowles Jr., Normal; her two sons, Charles E. Bowles III, Normal and Joseph H. Bowles, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and her sister, Miss Howard W. Hubbard, Baltimore, Md.

Following World War II, she continued to be a loving wife and superior mother. The family returned to Baltimore in the middle 1950s. She was active in scouting, serving as a den mother for the Cub Scouts twice.

She was artistic, taking classes at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and painted. She was accomplished at decoupage, as visitors to her home can testify.

She loved the kitchen. Sara never met a kitchen gadget that didn't interest her. As Joe noted, “Mom, one more gadget and you can't keep up.” Her cookbook collection is extensive. She almost always knew which of her cookbooks had the recipe that she wanted. Sara was a resource to her friends needing a recipe for this or that. Her cooking was an activity of joy.

Following Charles' retirement from State Farm, they traveled to Asia, Europe and Canada.

A light of pure love has vanished from our physical being, but not from our hearts. Thank you for having been such a wonderful mother and wife to Dad.

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