Elizabeth BowlesLong-time Roanoke City Councilwoman Elizabeth Bowles died today. Family members say Bowles had suffered from dementia, and in recent weeks, she had been in failing health. She was 91. Bowles became Roanoke’s first female vice mayor when elected to City Council for the first time 1976, and she remained a Council member for 20 years. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

The Miss Virginia Pageant says prior to her serving on City Council, Bowles was instrumental in bringing the pageant to Roanoke. She served on the boards of numerous civic organizations.