Karen Elizabeth Bowman 1946 - 2011 Lawrence

Paid family tribute

Celebration of Life services for Karen Elizabeth Bowman, 65, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at University Community of Christ Church in Lawrence.
She died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.
She was born Jan. 29, 1946, in California, the daughter of Novy and Norma Maxine Sheppard Bowman.
She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1964 and later received her Bachelor of Arts in education from Kansas University. She was an elementary teacher in Lawrence public schools.
She was a member of Lawrence Community of Christ Church, where she was a priest.
She married Henry Murphy on July 11, 1970, in Lawrence. They later divorced.
Survivors include two daughters, Renée Murphy and Carrie Murphy, both of Lawrence; her mother, Lawrence; three sisters, Maggie Bowman, Lawrence, Bobbi Bowman and husband Robert Fox, Salem, Ore., and Patti Bowman, Salem; a brother, John Bowman and wife Krin, Lawrence; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father on June 10, 2009.
The family will greet friends after the service.
The family suggests memorials to HART Ministries, sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
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This information was provided to the Journal-World as a paid tribute.