Mary Walker Blowe

Mary Walker Blowe was born in 1942 in McKenney, Virginia. In 1943, she moved with her family to the Newsome Park community of Newport News when her father began working at the Newport News Shipyard. As a student, she attended Newsome Park Elementary, George Washington Carver Elementary School, and George Washington Carver High School. She later attended the Riverside School of Nursing’s LPN Program. She married her husband, Harold Blowe Jr. in 1962, and the couple continued to live in Newsome Park until 1965. With regard to her career, Blowe worked as a nurse at Riverside Hospital as well as at her husband’s dry cleaning business, Blowe’s Cleaners. Blowe still engages in the community today, especially with healthcare education for the community.

-Interview and biographical information recorded in 2015.