Ruth Cottrell Bowling passed away on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at her home in Denver, Col. She was born in Tiverton on Aug. 14, 1921, to William H. and Mary (Clarke) Cottrell. She was the wife of the late Franklin L. Bowling, Sr., MD.
Ruth is survived by Drs. Franklin and Nina Bowling and their children Patricia and Christopher, Kathleen Cote Bowling, MD and her children William, Nathaniel and Clarke, and Drs. Allen and Diana Bowling and their children Elizabeth and Sarah. She was predeceased by her son, William C. Bowling Sr., Esq.
Ruth was a BMC Durfee High School graduate. She graduated from Simmons College and earned an MPH from Harvard University. In addition to being actively involved in numerous Air Force communities, the Bethesda, Md. community, and the Englewood, Col. community, she was the program director for the Western Dairy Council from which she retired in 1990. In 1989 she received the American Dietetic Association Medallion Award and was honored by the University of Colorado in 2009 as the Florence Rena Sabin Award recipient for her contributions to the health and wellness of those living in the Rocky Mountain region.
Ruth will be remembered for her numerous professional accomplishments, her mentoring of young professional women and her no-nonsense approach to life and its challenges. Most importantly she will be remembered as the great wife, mother, mother-in-law, and Gram that she was to her family.
Her funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 29, in Colorado. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the William C. Bowling, Sr. Memorial Fund that provides educational opportunities for RI children (107 Squantum Drive, Warwick, RI 02888) or Anschutz Health & Wellness Center c/o James Hill, PhD (12348 E Montview Blvd, Box #c263, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO 80045) would be greatly appreciated.
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