Dympna (Farrell) Bowles, a longtime resident of New Rochelle, died peacefully in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, on August 1, 2015, at the age of 92. She was born on August 15, 1922, to the late Thomas and Margaret (Hanley) Farrell and grew up in Bective, County Meath. Dympna moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland where she met Edward Bowles. They married in 1947, began to raise their family there, and emigrated to New York in 1957. Dympna worked in Macy’s in New Rochelle, and was very active in St. Gabriel parish and school activities. In her later years, she was also a member of the Ladies Guild of Holy Family parish, and volunteered at the senior center sharing her knitting skills and Irish heritage. Dympna loved and treasured her family, She never missed a chance to sing an Irish song, recite an Irish poem, or kick up her heels for an Irish dance. Her sharp wit brought a smile to many a face.
Dympna was predeceased by her husband Edward who passed away on March 7, 2010. She is survived by her six children: Mary Curtis, Dympna Bowles (Donal Farley), Colette Breen (Barry), Angela McNaughton (Lawrence), Eamonn Bowles (Jacqueline McGowan), Sheila Regan (Michael); her sixteen grandchildren: Finbarr Curtis, Elizabeth Marsh (Christopher) and Patrick Curtis; Julia Wall (Patrick), Glynnis Breen and Brendan Breen (Jamie Jacobson); Christopher McNaughton, Eamonn McNaughton (Sarah), Brigid Goslin (Patrick), and Colin McNaughton; Christine, Laura and Claire Bowles; Madeleine, Mic and Caroline Regan; her eight great grandchildren; and many, many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her granddaughter Nora Regan, a son-in-law Gregory Curtis, and thirteen brothers and sisters in Ireland.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Grace Garden and St. Joseph’s at Morris Hall for their loving and compassionate care.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday 4-8pm, at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle. Funeral Mass is Wednesday at 10:30 at Holy Family Church, New Rochelle. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Morris Hall Employee Appreciation Fund, 1 Bishops Drive, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.