Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Virginia Mott Fowler, age 88, of Tuscaloosa, died Dec. 5, 2008.
Services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at the Columbiana United Methodist Church with Dr. Don G. Wright and the Rev. Burl Oliver officiating. Burial followed in Columbiana Cemetery with Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home directing.
Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.
Mrs. Fowler was married to Judge Conrad Murphree Fowler Sr. for 61 years. He died on January 1, 2007.
Survivors include her sons, Conrad M. Fowler Jr. and wife, Rachel, of Columbiana and Randolph M. Fowler and wife, Heather White, of Tuscaloosa; her sister, Dorothy Whims of Tucson, Ariz.; her sister-in-law Jane Carter of Columbiana; seven grandchildren, Catherine Fowler Carnes and husband, Matthew, of Nashville, Tenn., Elizabeth Fowler Smith and husband, Boynton, of Atlanta, Julie Fowler Otts and husband, John, of Mobile, Jones Fowler and Ingrid, Xander and Zeke Fowler-White of Tuscaloosa; five greatgrandchildren, Graham and William Carnes, Adair and Amelia Smith and Jack Otts; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Virginia Evelyn Mott Fowler was born on October 6, 1920, in Minneapolis, Minn. Her parents were Esther Byron Mott and Ernest Curtis Mott.
Shortly after her birth, she moved with her parents to Decatur, Ga. where she and her younger sister, Dorothy, were raised. Mrs. Fowler graduated from the University of Georgia and met her husband to be, Conrad M. Fowler Sr., shortly before the beginning of World War II.
They married on June 15, 1945, after his return from his service with the U.S. Marine Corps. in the Pacific Campaign. During World War II, Mrs. Fowler worked as an air traffic controller in Palm Beach, Florida.
Following her husband’s graduation from the University of Alabama Law School, they moved to Columbiana in 1948 where they lived and raised their family until their move to Lanett in 1978. Their final move was back to Tuscaloosa in 1998. Mrs. Fowler was an active member of the United Methodist Church in every community where she lived; serving each church in many positions.
For many years while living in Columbiana, Mrs. Fowler was the Shelby County Director of the American Red Cross. She taught for several years the fifth-grade at the Columbiana Elementary School and she worked a number of years in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Shelby County.
She served as an active member and was the first President of the Vignette Club of Columbiana.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, making a joyful and wonderful home for her family and volunteering to do anything and everything in her community.
Her pound cakes were legendary and appreciated by all who were fortunate to be on her wide distribution list.
Mrs. Fowler was an organizer in the truest sense of the word and provided dedicated service to others. Despite being a graduate of the University of Georgia, she dearly loved the University of Alabama.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that memorials be made to the Alumni Fund, University of Alabama Alumni Association, P. O. Box 861928, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35486 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.