United Methodist centenarian honored on WAFB-TV’s ‘Pass It On’ segment

February 04, 2016
Mildred Bowie, a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, was recently featured on WAFB-TV’s “Pass It On” segment in recognition of her involvement in the community and in the ministries of her church.
 
Perhaps a more impressive fact about Mildred is that she just celebrated her 100th birthday!
 
The camera crew from WAFB caught up with Mrs. Bowie-who was bowling at her favorite bowling alley-and surprised her with a gift of $300 which is given to all recipients of the “Pass It On” award.   The centenarian, who was very much surprised by the honor, promptly passed on the funds to St. Mark UMC for use in church ministries.
 
Bowie, a retired public school teacher and the church’s oldest member, attends worship at St. Mark every Sunday and is involved in the church’s Outreach Ministry and Children’s Ministry. She is a class leader and a member of the Rosa Jackson Study Group and the church’s United Methodist Women’s group. She was a delegate to Annual Conference for four years, a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher and a member of the church’s Pastor Parish Relations Committee.
 
St. Mark UMC recently celebrated Bowie's birthday with a program and reception on Jan. 23. During the event, Rev. Derrick Hills presented her with recognitions and commendations from the church, President Barrack Obama, Gov. Edwards, Bishop Cynthia Harvey, Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, State Rep. Barbara West Carpenter and State Rep. Ronnie Edwards.