MRS. HOMER W. BOWMAN
April 10, 1872 – May 27, 1962
Mollie Holliday was born April 10, 1872, near Braxton, Miss., a daughter of Rev. Sam Scott and Laura Harper Holliday. She gave her heart and life to Jesus Christ in early childhood, united with the Methodist Church and constantly grew in Christian grace to the very end of her life on earth, May 27, l962.
“Miss Mollie,” as she was affectionately called by her many friends from young womanhood throughout life, attended the Old Ft. Jessup College. She then taught school in Texas where she met and married Rev. Homer W. Bowman. After serving the Methodist Church in Naples, Texas, they became missionaries to the Indian Territory for a number of years before coming to Louisiana. Among the churches they served in Louisiana were Coushatta, Winnfield, Amite, Homer, Lafayette, and others. Rev. Bowman also served as Presiding Elder of the Baton Rouge and Lake Charles District.
As a parsonette, Miss Mollie was a true helpmate to her husband, Rev. Homer W. Bowman, and contributed much to their ministry together. She was a truly dedicated Christian, and gave all her strength and devotion to her Christ and the Methodist Church. She had strong Christian convictions, yet she was lovingly tolerant to the members of other faiths. Many of those they served still remember her rich vibrant contralto voice, enriching the choir and congregational singing. Her personal devotional life always included her concern for those who needed her Lord.
Her many gifts included the healing ministry of nursing her loved ones back to health. So effective were her nursing graces that she became the nurse for all her family. While they had no children of their own, she and her husband helped educate two of her brothers. The writer had the privilege of being with her during the later years of invalidism when she was living with her sister, Mrs. Ben Means near Ida, Louisiana. He always came away feeling that her contagious and vital faith strengthened his own faith and courage.
In 1927 Rev. and Mrs. Bowman retired to Pelican, Louisiana, where “Miss Mollie” continued to serve her church and community. Throughout her life she sought after Christian perfection, and approached very near to that goal. One of their neighbors was a Baptist Minister, Rev. Needham Plunkett, who became life-long friends. Her remains were lovingly laid to rest on May 27 by the side of her companion in Pelican, Louisiana with her nephew, Rev. Robert Holliday and Rev. Needham Plunkett conducting the memorial services.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1962; p. 248 By John C. Gieck
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