Catherine ‘Hilda’ Bowman-Davis
Catherine “Hilda” Bowman-Davis, age 100, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2013, quietly in her sleep at her home in Gloversville, N.Y. “Hilda” as she was affectionately known, was a very loving wife and mother, and will be truly missed by her family, friends and anyone who had the good fortune of knowing her.
Born July 17, 1913, to the late Adolph and Elizabeth Rummler in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Mrs. Davis was the sole survivor of two other sisters, Helen and Jessie; and a brother, Herbert. With her family, as a child, Mrs. Davis immigrated to the United States, becoming a naturalized American citizen prior to World War II.
“Hilda” who had a lifelong interest in nursing, became a Red Cross volunteer nurse serving in area hospitals throughout the war years. She worked in businesses owned by her husband and later was employed by the Fulton County Department of Motor Vehicles as a New York state license examiner. Mrs. Davis worked as a licensed real estate agent for Perrone Realty and as a reservationist for the Holiday Inn in Johnstown, N.Y. Always wanting to work, at age 80, she was hired by the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce for the Vail Mills Information Center, retiring nine years later at age 89.
As a member of North Main Street Methodist Church, Gloversville, N.Y., a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose, a member of numerous area senior citizen clubs, Mrs. Davis continued to serve the community, volunteering at any church or organization that needed a helping hand.
The wife of George Bowman, deceased in 1967, and Aaron Davis, deceased in 1992, Mrs. Davis’ survivors include two sons, George R. Bowman of Gloversville, N.Y. and Kevin J. Bowman of Yuma, Arizona; two stepdaughters, Susan Rummler of Middletown, N.Y. and Debbie Davis of North Carolina. Ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; also survive. One son, Eric S. Bowman was deceased in 1998.
Mrs. Davis could be found every evening of the major league baseball season watching her favorite baseball team, the New York Yankees and wearing their navy blue baseball cap with the white interlocking N.Y. She was a “Bronx Bomber” ’til the end.
There will not be any funeral services for Mrs. Davis as she donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Program at the Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y. Family invites relatives and friends will be asked to attend a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Nick Stoner Senior Citizens Club, Caroga Lake, N.Y.; Mountain Valley Hospice, Gloversville, N.Y.; North Main Street Methodist Church, Gloversville, N.Y.; or a charity of their choice. Condolences may be sent to the Bowman-Davis Family, 108 South Kingsboro Ave., Gloversville, N.Y.