IN MEM­ORY OF Vic­to­ria Anne Bowler

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Septem­ber 11, 1969 ~ April 4, 2012

You did it, Vickie! Colton ar­rived safe-and-sound just in time for Christ­mas and is the most pre­cious, blond-haired, blue-eyed, pink-cheeked, laugh­ing, happy baby in the world! You an­swered our prayers so Kari and Sean can en­joy this beau­ti­ful lit­tle guy now and for the rest of their (and our) lives. And don’t think we don’t no­tice that he has his great-great­grand­fa­ther’s Ir­ish blue eyes … that same light and dark blue com­bi­na­tion that Mar­cia, Pat­tie and I grew up look­ing into and ador­ing. Did you and Lau­ren come up with that one all by your­selves or did Dad/Grandpa whis­per it in your ear? Thank you for kiss­ing Colton on the cheek and send­ing him to us. And how many times dur­ing this past year have we talked with you to plea for spe­cial help when close friends needed your in­ter­ces­sion? In every sin­gle mat­ter, you de­liv­ered. You con­tinue to show us that you’re very much with us at all times which should make us feel bet­ter but we still miss you des­per­ately. We’re try­ing, Vic. We re­ally are.

Do you know how rough it’s been for all of us for the past seven years? You left be­hind a fam­ily who loves you so much and an army of friends who, to this day, share won­der­ful mem­o­ries of times spent with you and rec­ol­lec­tions of all you did for oth­ers through your vol­un­teer work with Kids First, Spe­cial Olympics, Camp SOAR, Ju­nior League, Se­nior Citizens Bingo, MakeA-Wish, and more. Most of­ten we laugh but al­most al­ways it’s fol­lowed by a pang of deep, deep sor­row be­cause you are so missed. The up­date on your me­mo­rial schol­ar­ship at CPCC surely makes you grin with pride. Twenty-five para­le­gal, nurs­ing stu­dents and med­i­cal tech­ni­cian stu­dents have re­ceived schol­ar­ships in your name. Be­cause of you, those hard­work­ing and de­serv­ing stu­dents and their fam­i­lies will have their lives changed for­ever. They’re told all about you and each one has ex­pressed such grat­i­tude and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for your gift to them. Be­tween you, Lau­ren, Jamie Kim­ble and Jes­sica Hodgkins Dovi, you’ve formed a strong and im­pres­sive quar­tet ~ mak­ing amaz­ing things hap­pen for peo­ple on earth who need your help. We all feel your touch and know in our hearts that the four of you are al­ways at work. Thank you for watch­ing over our dar­ling McKaela and Brae­den who will grow up know­ing and lov­ing their Mommy and you. Seven years is too long to be with­out you but we know we’ll see you and hug you again one day and then we’ll see those beau­ti­ful brown eyes, that gor­geous face, that in­cred­i­bly warm smile, and we’ll hear that sparkling, con­ta­gious laugh that we all cher­ish. With enor­mous love from Dad, Mom, Laura, Mark, Rachel, Julie, Dave, Kar­ring­ton, Sean, Colton, McKaela, Brae­den, Ste­fan, Beth, Tom, your aunts, un­cles, cousins, your name­sake Tay­lor Vic­to­ria McManus, your God­son Cooper Daly, and a tremen­dously long list of friends who haven’t for one sec­ond for­got­ten you, in­clud­ing your “law firm fam­ily” at Stiles, Byrum & Horne.

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