Clara M. Bowers, 84

AUG. 16, 1928-JULY 3, 2013

July 04, 2013
  • Clara M. Bowers
Clara M. Bowers

Clara Mae (Whittington) Secrest Bowers, 84, of Hagerstown, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center.

Born Aug. 16, 1928, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late John Ardel and Leola Florence (Burke) Whittington.

Clara Mae worked as a receptionist for Ryan Physical Therapy. She also worked as an aide at Washington County Hospital in the maternity, X-ray and physical therapy wards. Clara Mae also worked at the Mid-Atlantic Orthopedic Center and in retail at Rosen’s in downtown Hagerstown. She retired at the age of 79 as the “coffee lady” at the AC&T on Dual Highway.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ira Foster Bowers.

She is survived by three sons, Steven L. Secrest of Columbia, Md., Kevin M. Secrest and wife, Nancy, of Hagerstown, and Curtis J. Secrest and wife, Trudy, of Fleming Island, Fla.; a sister, Doris L. Farrow of Hagerstown; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

A funeral service will be Monday, July 8, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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