Sayle Milne Bowen
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Sayle Andrews Milne Bowen, 87, a native of Cleveland, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, in a local hospital.

She was a 1949 graduate of the University of Chattanooga and Bradley Central High School’s class of 1945. At UC, she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She later taught freshman English at Bradley Central in 1951-52 and taught junior high school studies at the Cleveland Day School from 1975-76. Between teachings, she accompanied her husband, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Albert Sidney Bowen III, on Navy assignments throughout the world, including postings in Puerto Rico and the Republic of Korea. With sly humor, she entertained as the comedic foil in the “World-famous Sid and Sayle Traveling Roadshow.”

She served on the Vestry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where she was a member since 1971. She was also one the first female chalice bearers and lay readers, and was a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of East Tennessee. She was a member of various social organizations, including the Ocoee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Cleveland-Athens Cotillion, and, of late, the Embroidery Club. She was active in area pet rescue and the placement of dogs from Cleveland Animal Control.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Milne and Angelle Andrews Milne; her brother, John Milne Jr.; and her husband, who by then was retired.

She is survived by her son, retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bryan McDonald Bowen and wife, Katie, of Chantilly, Va.; daughter, Elizabeth Lesley Milne Bowen, of Lexington, Ky.; grandchildren, Jennifer and Amanda Bowen, of Chantilly; nephew, Jack Milne and wife, Nancy, of Cleveland; and several godchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Joel Huffstetler officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Luke’s Memorial Garden.

The family will receive friends Saturday, from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall prior to the service.

Memorials can be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Broad St. N.W., Cleveland TN 37311 or the McKamey Animal Center, 4500 North Access Road, Chattanooga TN 37415 (

Grissom Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.