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Sylvia Raye Bowman

November 27, 1932 ~ May 8, 2018 (age 85)

Sylvia Bowman went to sleep peacefully the evening of May 7th and in her sleep in the middle of night woke up on May 8th in the amazing splendor of heaven in the presence of her Lord Jesus and in the company of all of her beloved family and friends who have arrived there before her. 

Sylvia was born on November 27, 1932 to Joe and Fannie Hudson in McBride, Mississippi and had 5 brothers and 3 sisters.  Sylvia grew up as a hard working farm girl in the country, excelling at school work, basketball, raising calves for 4H, and especially singing!  After graduating, Sylvia moved to Natchez, Mississippi and met the love of her life, Archie (Buddy) Bowman.  The two young lovebirds married at ages 18 and 19 and have been married for 67 years.  Sylvia and Buddy have 3 children, Dave, Ted, and Donna.  They were also blessed with granddaughter Ashley, and great grandsons, Kyler and Lukas.  Their extended family also includes their beloved Carol Bowman, Yulia Bowman, Nick Bartlett, and Rodney Haux.

Sylvia had an amazing singing voice and was a soloist on a live radio show.  She chose to pursue a family life even though she was offered a singing job by a record talent scout.  She used her vocal talent and skills to bless the lives of hundreds of people over the years.  Everyone who heard her sing, always commented on what a remarkable voice she had.  She could even sit down at the piano and play a song by ear, never needing to read the written music to find the tune.  Even doing the most mundane housework, she would be singing or humming a delightful song and would always give you the sweetest smile as soon as she saw you.  She loved the cute little songbirds, but SHE was the BEST songbird of all!

Sylvia was a very hard worker and held several job titles outside the home.  She entered into the workforce as a secretarial typist, advanced to be the Human Resource Assistant Director, quickly worked her way up to the position of a Forewoman at a Canary, became a Property Manager, and did countless side jobs of everything from farm work to Sunday School Teacher.  She loved to garden and grow roses, and was an extremely friendly and encouraging extroverted person.  She always strove to make people feel at home and if she wasn’t helping you with a task, she was cooking or baking up your favorite food.

She struggled with a multitude of health problems over several decades, but never lost her positive attitude or strength of character.  Even on the most challenging days and while in pain, she would still be concerned about others and try to feed you her own dinner.

What a glorious welcome she must have received upon entering heaven and meeting God face to face.  We who remain, are sad to have lost her, but take comfort knowing that she is no longer in pain and struggling with memory loss.  We know that we will see you again one day and enjoy your smiling face and loving company, and once again hear your beautiful voice.   Until we meet again, we will cherish our loving memories of you.

Flowers may be sent to 15112 E. Upland Dr., Spokane Valley, WA 99216.

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