Josephine Lyons Bowers Thoms, 99

Sep 14, 2022

Josephine “Josie” Lyons Bowers Thoms, of Annapolis, Maryland passed away peacefully, at the age of 99 on September 2, 2022. She was born on September 14, 1922 in Lansing, Michigan, to Raymond Lyon and Adele Hammond Bowers. Josephine is preceded in death by husbands Bert Thoms, and Peter Lauck and granddaughter Joanna Adele Beans.

Josie, as she was fondly called, is well known for her artistic and creative talents. At the age of 14, Josie began painting. She loved to draw and paint beach scenes, boats, and animals. She graduated from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, studied with the National Academy of Design in New York, and obtained a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Josie’s talent led her to her job with the State of MD as the scenic river illustrator, and she also did crime prevention art illustrations for the Annapolis Police Department and mannequin paintings for the Banneker Douglass Museum.

Onset, Massachusetts is where Josie would spend her summers and maintained her art studio and gallery in the house that was built by her great grandfather in 1885. Aside from painting, Josie enjoyed playing the piano, sailing, baking, and spending quality time with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter Adele Beans, son-in -law who resides in Florida Lieutenant Robert Beans, ret., grandsons Mark, Joseph, Jeffrey (Melissa), Kevin (Erica), Todd, Nathan and David, granddaughters Erika (Ricky), Tara (Ryan), Jennifer and Amanda (Zack), thirty-two great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. She will always be remembered as loving, kind, compassionate and thoughtful.

The family of Josephine Lyon Bowers Thoms wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Ms. Vida and Holy Hills Assisted Living in Bowie, MD for their kindness, care and support for the last five months.

Please join the family as we celebrate Josie’s life. Per Josie’s request, please wear the color orange. Funeral service details to be announced when available.

Tributes for the service, flowers and donations can be sent to Lasting Tributes, 814 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD. Condolence cards for the family may be sent to 3092 Sussex Place; Riva, MD 21140