KANSAS CITY, Mo. – dr. Sharon Kay Bowling, 73, died Thursday evening, January 13, 2022, at North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, after a short illness.
Sharon Kay Alexander was born on February 19, 1948 to Dollie H. Bartlett and Charles Vernon Alexander on a small farm outside Mound Valley. With a lifelong passion for education, she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pittsburg State University in May 1974 and then continued at PSU to receive her master’s degree in nursing in July 1977. In May 1983 she obtained her diploma of specialist in higher education. She continued her education at the University of Kansas and received a doctorate in October 1989 as the first in her family. She earned her Nurse Practitioner license while also teaching Nursing at the State of Pittsburg.
A regular faculty member at the state of Pittsburg, she taught numerous nursing programs during her 35-year tenure. dr. Bowling won the prestigious PSU Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award in 1994. In October 2010, she retired from PSU with emeritus status. During her extensive career, Dr. Bowling has the privilege of giving numerous presentations both nationally and internationally on a range of nursing issues. These presentations included speaking with the World Health Organization twice; in Oxford, England; numerous medical hospitals in China; and hospitals near Acapulco, Mexico. In the mid-1990s, she was instrumental in founding the Southeast Kansas AIDS Resource Network.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and network of grandchildren and traveled with them throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She had love without limits, and this world was better because she’d had her in it.
On February 14, 1982, she married the love of her life, Roy Bowling. He survives from the house.
Survivors include her husband, Roy Bowling of Pittsburg; a daughter, Karla Mohtashemi of Seattle, Washington; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Bowling Foster of Springfield, Missouri; a stepson, Ronnie Bowling of Springfield, Missouri; three grandchildren, Katheranne Reese of Seattle, Washington, Emily Clifford, and Dalton Foster, both of Springfield, Missouri; two sisters, Linda Bullock of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mary Gandara of Hollywood, California; and countless nieces and nephews, who were dear to her, especially Jason Charles Alexander, who is and always has been more like a son.
She was preceded in death by her mother, father and brother.
A funeral service will be held Monday at 1:00 PM at Mound Valley Cemetery in Mound Valley. Services are conducted by the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home of Altamont.
Online condolences can be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.
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