Ann, 58, beloved mother of George Bowles (Santa Barbara, CA) and Lizzie Bowles (Virginia Beach), died unexpectedly on April 26, 2021. She grew up in Virginia Beach, attended Norfolk Academy through ninth grade when she went to Phillips Academy. She graduated from Sweet Briar College in 1986, after taking a year off to study art in Florence, Italy, and antiques in London, England. Ann collected antiques and ran an internet business buying and selling porcelain. She loved all animals, and was devoted to her borzoi pure bred dogs as well as ones she adopted. Ann loved playing tennis, cooking, boating, the Linkhorn Bay and watching her dogs swim. She had a wry sense of humor, was generous and kind. Ann was a true gem — she was taken from us entirely too soon and will be sorely missed.
Ann was predeceased by her father, Braden Vandeventer. In addition to her precious children, Ann leaves her mother, Barbara Vandeventer of Vero Beach, FL; her dear and loving sister Betsy (Edward) of West Hartford, CT; brothers Tommy (Caroline) of Vero Beach, FL, and Bill (Tim) of Seattle, WA; nieces Isabel of Denver, CO, Alexandra (Michael) of Denver, CO, and Celeste of New York, NY; ex-husband George H. Bowles of Virginia Beach; and beloved dogs Sasha and Lulu-May.
A memorial service for Ann will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in Ann’s name to the Norfolk SPCA or the Go Rescue Adoption Center.