Mary Kathryn Bowles McDaniel

Published 8:29 am Monday, March 18, 2024

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Mrs. Mary Kathryn Bowles McDaniel, 89, of Mt. Vernon Road, Woodleaf, died Friday, March 15, 2024 at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville.

Mary Kathryn was born on April 17, 1934 in Davie County,to the late Thomas Masten Bowles and Nina Velna Naylor Bowles.

During her childhood, Mary Kathryn enjoyed attending Eatons Baptist and Chestnut Grove Methodist churches. Before graduating from Farmington High School, she worked summers at the Davie County Tax Office and in the Superior Clerk of Court Office. After high school, she worked as a legal secretary for the law offices of Hall and Zachary. She was fortunate to enjoy many years working as a legal secretary for the law offices of Martin and Martin and Van Hoy. Spending over 40 years as a legal secretary allowed her to experience many changes and technological advances as well as working with many friends and respected colleagues. As a member of Needmore Baptist Church, she served as a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Women’s Missionary Union, church historian, and a GA and Acteens leader. She served as leader of the Scotch Irish Action 4-H Club and was elected as the first Secretary of the NC 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association. She and her first husband, Bruce, served as advisors of the Rowan County Junior Leaders 4-H Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her first husband, Bruce Alexander McDaniel; her second husband, Harry Kenneth Driver; a sister, Nola Jane Bowles; a brother, Cletus Odell Bowles; and a brother, Thomas Clinton Bowles.

She is survived by: daughters, Velna Elizabeth Parchment (Mark) and Kathryn Anne Holland (Bradley); grandchildren, James Matthew Parchment (Marrisa), Brittany Kathryn Holland, Ace Alexander Holland, and Luke Masten Holland; great-grandchildren, Brett Matthew Parchment, Brooke Lynn Parchment, Anekai James Parchment, Teagan Cassidy Parchment, and Wyatt Kirk Holland; a sister, Velna JoAnn Bowles Stoker (Jerry); special friends, Frances Brown and Louvella Kiger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Monday, March 18 at Needmore Baptist Church with Dr. David Gilbreath and Rev. Richard Grose officiating. The body will lie in state from 1:30-2 p.m. and interment will follow the service in the church cemetery. The family received friends Sunday March 17 at Eaton Funeral Home.

Memorials may be considered for Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 28625.

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