Dr. Sharon K. Bowling

February 19, 1948 - January 13, 2022


Dr. Sharon Kay Bowling, 73, passed away the evening of Thursday, January 13, 2022, at North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, after a brief illness.

Sharon Kay Alexander was born to Dollie H Bartlett and Charles Vernon Alexander on February 19, 1948, on a small farm outside Mound Valley, Kansas. Having a lifelong passion for education, she obtained her Bachelors in Nursing in May 1974 from Pittsburg State University and then continued at PSU on to obtain her Masters in Nursing in July 1977.  In May 1983, she obtained her Eds in Higher education.  She continued on at the University of Kansas and in October 1989, was the first in her family to earn a Phd.  She earned her Nurse Practitioners license while also teaching nursing at Pittsburg State University.

A tenured faculty member at Pittsburg State University, she taught numerous nursing programs during her tenure of 35 years. Dr. Bowling won the prestigious PSU Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni award in 1994. She retired from PSU with Emeritus Status in October 2010. During her extensive career, Dr. Bowling had the privilege of making numerous presentations both nationally and internationally on a range of nursing issues.  These presentations included speaking to the World Health Organization on two occasions; at Oxford England; numerous medical hospitals in China; and hospitals near Acapulco Mexico. In the Mid-1990s, she was instrumental in founding the AIDS Resource Network of Southeast Kansas.

She took great pleasure in spending time with her family and network of grandchildren and traveling with them throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.  She loved with no limits, and this world was better for having had her in it.

On February 14, 1982, she married the love of her life, Roy Bowling.  He survives of the home.

Survivors include:

Her husband – Roy Bowling of Pittsburg, Kansas

One daughter – Karla Mohtashemi of Seattle, Washington

One step-daughter – Jennifer Bowling Foster of Springfield, Missouri

One step-son – Ronnie Bowling of Springfield, Missouri

Three grandchildren – Katheranne Reese of Seattle, Washington; Emily Clifford of Springfield, Missouri and Dalton Foster of Springfield, Missiouri.

Two sisters – Linda Bullock of Kansas City, Missouri

Mary Gandara of Hollywood, California

Numerous nieces and nephews, who were dear to her, especially Jason Charles Alexander, who is and always has been more like a son.

She was proceeded in death by her mother, father, and brother.

There will be a graveside service at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 17, 2022, at Mound Valley Cemetery in Mound Valley.  Services are under the direction of the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home of Altamont.  Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

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