Virginia Elizabeth “Ginger” Bowe - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Virginia Elizabeth “Ginger” Bowe

December 9, 1937 - November 25, 2016

Virginia Elizabeth Ginger Bowe, 78, of Newark, DE passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016.

Born in Boston, MA on December 9, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Henry P. and Mary (Norton) Frank. Ginger made her career as an administrative officer for the Delaware Department of Corrections in Wilmington, retiring in 1991 after 23 years of dedicated service.

She was a member of the Delaware Press Association and volunteered over 2000 hours at Christiana Hospital. Among her many hobbies, Ginger greatly enjoyed photography, traveling, reading and gardening. Most of all, she loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Ginger was preceded in death by her brother, Philip Frank and daughter-in-law, Letty Bowe. She is survived by her children, James P. Bowe (Darlene) of Wilmington, Michael Bowe (Ann) of Stockbridge, GA, Matthew Bowe of Newark and Robert H. Bowe (Karen) of Landenberg, PA; sisters, Allison Knapp of Cedar Rapids, IA and Nancy O’Hara of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Matthew, Nathan, Brian, Alex, Ana, Genoa, Leah, Janna, Rachel, Casey, Madison and Aidan Bowe; and great grandson, Kaden Bowe.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday evening, December 1st from 4-6 pm at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark. A memorial service and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ginger’s memory may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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19 Condolences for Virginia Elizabeth “Ginger” Bowe

  • What a wonderful sister and best friend….witty, intelligent,loving,loyal and truly loving her entire family first. I am very proud to call her my sister and best friend for 78 years. Thinking of you all with so much love….Aunt Bunny

  • We are so very sorry to hear of Gingers passing. Meeting her later in her life, what we will remember most is her smile and friendly spirit. Our thoughts are with all of you at this time and pray your memories keep her alive in your hearts always

  • Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one, Virginia. It breaks our hearts when death sparates us from the ones we love so much. The Bible reminds us that God sees our pain and sorrow and has promised that soon, “death will be swallowed up forever.”(Isaiah 25:8) He will heal our broken hearts by resurrecting our precious loved ones to life again.(John 6:40) Until then, I hope the beautiful memories of Virginia and these promises from God comfort you in the days to come.

  • Ginger was a vibrant lovely woman. I will miss her sparkling presence. I am grateful to have known Ginger.
    Much love and sympathy to you all.
    Elizabeth Wellso

  • What a beautiful mom you guys had. When I think of “Mrs. Bowe”, I think of the mysterious (working at DOC), friendly (never scolded me LOL), pretty lady who had really nice sons. A great time growing up in Newkirk; she helped to shape all of us kids. Glad you were able to have her with you into adulthood. What a treasure.

  • Ginger and I have friends since our high school days at Ursuline. I am so shocked and sad about her death. Prayers and love to her family

  • My heart goes out to her family at this difficult time. Ginger and her sons were the best of friends and a source of great support to my family when we needed it the most.

    I will forever remember those times with warmth love and a grateful heart. Thank you Ginger for all you did for my mom, my sister and brother. May you Rest In Peace

  • So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, my daughter Sarah lives next door, and Ginger was so kind and helpful to her. We will keep you in our prayers.


  • So sorry for your loss, we will be praying for you.

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • Nancy, so sorry you have lost your sister. I remember her so well. It was so fun at your house when we were in grade school at COK. Part of the reason was all the teasing going on. I remember big sister Ginger being part of this…and her beautiful hair. We lost touch back around 1959. Please email me. Kathy Pankowski Curry

  • Ginger, my sister inlaw will always be rembered as a warm and caring person who dearly loved her children and grandchildren. Ginger will always be part of our thoughts and prayers forever.

  • Sorry to learn of the loss of Ginger. I worked with Ginger at the Pre Trial Annex (John L. Webb Correctional Center) 1983-1986.



  • Dear family and friends of Ginger,

    She was a lovely and generous lady and such fun to be with. Ginger and I worked together at the Department of Correction when I was in charge of the statewide prison art program. She was a great encourager.

    We would meet for breakfast, lunch and dinner over the years and she even offered my entire family hospitality at her home every December, when we would come to see the annual Christmas production of the Three Little Bakers.

    My family was so sad to hear the news of her passing.

    I loved Ginger’s stories of her fabulous trips and especially the safari one in Africa. She also so enjoyed working at Winterthur.

    She loved her family so much. I am greatly indebted to her sister who was living in Chicago at the time, and whose doctor friend set me up with the director of the breast cancer department at Johns Hopkins Hospital complex in Baltimore. I probably owe my life to Ginger, her sister, the Chicago doctor and the wonderful doctor at Johns Hopkins! Thanks be to God!

    My husband Richard and I, will be keeping your family in our prayers.

    May you all be comforted through memories of her life well spent on this earth.

    Love and hugs,

    Kay Wood Bailey and family

  • Matt, May God’s peace dwell with you & your family at this time of loss. Praying for you.

  • We are so sorry for the loss of Ginger. We’re grateful to have experienced her warmth and radiance, even though we only knew her briefly. Her friendly spirit was evident the moment we met her and will be our lasting memory of her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you mourn her loss.

  • Matt and Letty were our dear neighbors in Brookhaven and I am so sorry to learn of the death of Ginger, your mother, Matt. Her death date was the same as George’s 2 years ago. Thanksgiving will always be a time of remembering and giving thanks for those we love dearly. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom

  • It is with profound sadness that I recently learned of Ginger’s passing. Though being Ginger’s neighbor for over 40+ years, it has only been over the last 20+ years that we have had the opportunity to converse at length and get to know one another. Though we spoke of many things: politics, her family, health care, my own family, the neighborhood, etc, Ginger always gravitated toward conversing of her children and grandchildren. Her pride of her children and grandchildren was contagious. I felt through her stories as if I had been there with her through the good times and bad. Her passion for her family was something to behold. I spoke with Ginger a few months ago, having called her to check on her well being as I had not seen her about and we had not had our typical summer conversations. While at the time I felt burdened, we talked for at least a few hours, mostly of her speaking of her family. It was our last conversation. I will miss these conversations, and her company greatly. To her family, her sons, grandchildren, and her loved ones, I extent to you my most heartfelt condolences. Ginger was a most special person, in your lives, and in mine, and she will be most sorely missed, and forever remembered.