VESTA ALFORD GIDDINGS BOWDEN
1930 TX –2011 TX
Photo from Brookside Funeral
Home - Cypress Creek
Houston, Harris Co., TX—22 October 2011
Vesta (Alford) Giddings Bowden was welcomed into
Jesus’ loving arms on the morning of Thursday, October 20, 2011. She was born
September 6, 1930, in New Gulf, Texas.
Vesta is survived by her daughter, Mary and her
husband, Randy Mellard; her son, Bert and wife, Connie Bowden, and her daughter
Cherie Bowden. She was dearly loved by her nine grandchildren; Jeff, Michael,
Katie, Jack, Thomas, Ben, Jarred, Christie, and Cathlyn. She was adored by her
three great-grandchildren; Katelyn, Michael, and Chloe.
She will be honored at a visitation from 6-8 PM
on Saturday, October 22, at Brookside Funeral Home-Cypress Creek. Her Memorial
Service will be in the chapel of First Methodist Church Westchase, 10570
Westpark Drive in Houston at 1:30 PM on Sunday, October 23 with Rev. Leo Tyler
officiating. The burial will be held by the family Prairie Lea Cemetery in
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may
contribute to Houston Hospice, www.houstonhospice.org.
AAFA NOTES: SSDI
records confirm the birth and death dates of Vesta Alford Bowden (SS# issued in
TX), last residence Houston, Harris Co., TX.
We included the obituaries of her mother, Vesta
Edna Alford Giddings, AAFA #0233; and her aunts Betty Lydia Alford Davis, AAFA
#0223, and Helen Singer Alford Cook; and her uncle Jacob Harris Alford Sr. in
Texas Obituaries; her grandfather, Murray Luther Alford Sr.; and uncles Murray
Peter Alford and Murray Luther “Plug” Alford Jr., AAFA #0236, in Louisiana
Obituaries; and her aunt Josephine Louise Alford Carrigan, AAFA #0235, in
Her middle name, Alford, appears incorrectly in
the obituary as if it were her maiden name.
From Gil Alford, AAFA #0019:
Vesta was very special to
Mary and me. I dare say that we knew Vesta longer than we knew just about
anyone else on this list or in AAFA. And we knew her longer than anyone else in
AAFA knew her—except for maybe a few of her first cousins.
Vesta was a 2nd cousin once
removed which means her mother Vesta Alford Giddings was my second cousin, but
until the early 1980’s we had never heard of either of them. When we did first
hear from them it was so early in our experience with Alford history and
genealogy that my system of capturing information about contacts and Alfords
was not even yet in gear.
It all happened when early
one evening we had a phone call and it was Vesta Alford Giddings saying she was
in the area visiting her daughter. Said that she had heard what I was doing or
about to do regarding Alfords and she and her daughter wanted to come over and
visit. (I’m sure she had heard about us from a mutual cousin, Haidee Alford
Reeves, AAFA #0210.)
We invited them over and
learned that Little Vesta, as we later called her, worked very nearby for one
of the McDonnell Douglas companies. Vesta Alford Giddings’ grandfather and my
grandfather were brothers. She had married a fellow who was a surgeon in either
the Navy or the Air Force, and she had retired as a nurse and was also in the
service. We had a long warm and interesting visit and I learned a lot more
about my kin.
Many of us got to know big
Vesta, and her siblings, very well. Vesta, who became AAFA #0223, and her
sister and brothers were present at the 2nd AAFA meeting in Houston in 1989 and
she continued, never missing a meeting until 1998. We lost her in 1999. Vesta
Jr. became AAFA #0537, and we got to know her better in the 1992 meeting in
Destin, FL. She still worked for a living and had children to worry about. She
returned for the 1995 meeting in Decatur, AL, and then made all the rest of the
meetings up through 2009, except for 2006 in Nashville. For both Vestas it just
seemed like “they were always there.” Little Vesta served on the AAFA Board of
Directors from 2007 until just before her death. I’ll never forget the good
times we had together at the AAFA meetings—especially on the tours.
For more information about this family, see AAFA’s
published genealogy, Descendants
of Jacob Alford, b. 1761 NC and the genealogy of Jacob’s son, John Seaborn
Alford 1807 LA.
Her Alford lineage, from her mother: Edna Vesta
1905 LA2, Murray Luther 1873 LA3, Marshall Thomas 1839 LA4,
John Seaborn 1807 LA5, Jacob 1761 NC6, Julius 1717 VA7,
James 1687 VA8, John 1645 VA9.