100-year-old Mariettan attributed being ‘plain lucky’ for her long life
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Marie Fowler shows a picture of herself when she was a teenager at her home in the Winnwood Retirement Community in July 2013. Fowler, who died Tuesday, will be remembered today with funeral services at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta at 2 p.m.
Marie Fowler shows a picture of herself when she was a teenager at her home in the Winnwood Retirement Community in July 2013. Fowler, who died Tuesday, will be remembered today with funeral services at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta at 2 p.m.
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MARIETTA — Marie Massey Brumby Fowler died Tuesday after living a long life filled with family and community.

She was 100.

Born Marie Brumby on July 16, 1913, in a Victorian home on Cherokee Street, she grew up in Marietta with deep roots in the city. Her father, James Remley Brumby, formed what would become the Brumby Chair Co.

Daughter-in-law Ann Fowler described her as a “wonderful matriarch.”

“She ended up being my mother because my mother died young,” Ann Fowler said.

Marie Fowler never suffered from dementia and had a clear mind until she died. She was “sharp as a tack,” had a lot of laughs and remained an avid bridge player until her death.

“I don’t think she ever thought of herself as being 100,” Ann Fowler said, noting she was always dressed impeccably.

“She loved life. She stayed very busy and loved life and made the most of every minute,” Ann Fowler said.

Marie Fowler lived in a red brick home, now People’s Financial Corp., on Church Street across from Rite Aid Pharmacy and WellStar Kennestone Hospital. She lived in that home with her husband, Bob, to whom she was married for 58 years until his death in 1992.

During her last years, she moved to Winnwood Retirement Community on Whitlock Avenue.

Making the move was a difficult decision, Ann Fowler said, but she enjoyed her time there and made plenty of friends.

“She loved people,” said daughter Mimi Harrison, noting she knew all of her neighbors’ birthdays at Winnwood and sent cards if they were ill.

Harrison called her a “real Southern lady” and said she had an inquisitive mind, reading the newspaper each day and following football, basketball and golf.

In a July 2013 MDJ article on her 100th birthday, Marie Fowler said her long life was the result of luck.

“I’ve just been plain lucky,” she said. “I’ve had good background. I’ve had good medical attention when I needed it. I’ve been lucky the good Lord’s let me live this long.”

She recalled a happy adolescence and referred to herself as a “daddy’s girl” who had a pony.

“There wasn’t a whole lot to do back then. We had a putt-putt golf course and that was about all,” Marie Fowler told the MDJ last July. “My mother would roll back the rugs in the living room so we could dance on the weekends. On Sunday nights, she fed a group of us after Christian Endeavor — Chicken à la King and paradise pudding — every Sunday night.”

Marie Fowler was the oldest living member of First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, the oldest living president of the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and a charter member of the Bridal Wreath Garden Club.

The only daughter of four children, she is survived by three children, Mimi Fowler Harrison, 78; Mary Emma Fowler Humphries, 69, and her husband Jimmy; and John Robert Fowler III, 74, and his wife, Ann; seven grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church St., Marietta. Arrangements are being handled by Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home.

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