Kathy Lynn Bowers
1951 - 2014
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BOWERS Kathy Lynn Bowers, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend passed away Sunday August 3rd. She was born in Danville Virginia June 5, 1951 to Eleanor and Nelson Amos. She was a devoted wife to Gary Lynn Bowers for over 43 years and a loving mother to her sons Brian and Alan and to her seven grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother Eleanor Amos, sisters (Karen Paul and Cheryl Denton) and brothers (Dr. Ed Amos and Rob Amos) Kathy always loved teaching. She was an inspiration to her Bible Study class as well as her S. Bryan Jennings elementary school family. She touched many lives. The family will receive friends at Hardage Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home at 127 Blanding Blvd. from 6pm to 8pm Friday Aug. 8th. Services will be held at 3 pm Saturday Aug 9th at First Baptist Church of Orange Park. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, it is Kathy s request that donations be made to First Baptist Church of Orange Park. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com



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Published in Florida Times-Union on Aug. 7, 2014.
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September 16, 2014
Kathy came into my life when I was a sophomore in high school. When I got married she made up a box of recipe cards hand written on index cards, if it hadn't been for those recipes, I would probably have starved to death. She became like a big sister to me, she always had my back. She was loved and will be truly missed.
Rick Bowers
September 16, 2014
If there were ever a person who did not deserve this disease, it would be Kathy. If there were ever a husband and brother-in-law who did not deserve this disease, it would be Gary.

Kathy will always be with me as not only my big sister but my second mom. I never met a person who knew Kathy who did not say the most wonderful things. Kathy was as kind hearted a person who walked this earth.

Maybe that is why Kathy was afflicted with this disease. Maybe God was showing us real strength through taking the most undeserving and the strength Kathy showed through this struggle. Maybe God wants to demonstrate strength to us through Gary and the care and determination he showed through this fight.

I want to thank Gary for all he did during Kathy's fight. Gary, your care for our sister Kathy will never be forgotten. I would like to think that although you too suffered as great or greater loss than us; your reward will be something beyond imagination. Gary you will forever be our hero. In the darkest of times, you were there with encouragement, care and a fighting spirit that I don't think many of us could have shown.

I want to thank Karen for facing what I had a hard time facing. Karen you were there giving us all updates and information on Kathy's fight. You were able to face this head on and be there for the rest of us. Karen you gave your time, heart and soul and we all are forever indebted to you for being there when we all had such a hard time admitting this disease was taking its toll on Big Sister Kathy. Please don't ever think we don't appreciate your sacrifices.

Brian and Alan. Kathy lives on through you. Kathy and Gary could not have asked for better men, and your kind souls are reflections of both Kathy and Gary.
Rob
September 16, 2014
My sister Kathy is a Godly woman.
The Lord blessed her with a gift. Whether it was her siblings, children, grandchildren, Sunday school Vacation Bible School or S. Bryan Jennings she loved to teach. I think I can safely say I was her first pupil. As children she would make up stories as we walked home from school. We laughed later in life about how she creatively ended these stories. We had our fights over trespassing on the others side of the bed or who got to sleep with their arm in the “garage” (aka the area between the pillows) and all things sister's fight about. We were different in many ways but we were always sisters.
During her illness I began to appreciate her strengths. I learned she had more courage than I ever imagined. Even though I was perceived as the “tough” one I do not think I could have endured what she had to face. The support from her husband, family and friends who rallied and prayed for her to keep fighting kept her going. She did not want to let anyone down. She was a kind and gentle person who always thought of others.
Karen (Kay) Paul
September 16, 2014
was privileged to be friends with Kathy for 37 years. Our children grew up together and we bonded as friends. We have many memories of our birthday lunches together. Many times during Kathy's cancer treatments she would share with us what was happening. I never saw her feel sorry for herself or ask why me. She was positive, hopeful and always an encourager to her friends. I still marvel at her endurance and will to live. Even last fall when things were not going well, I visited her at the hospital. Instead of focusing on herself she handed me a pamphlet on faith and message. Her concern was for people who needed to know about Jesus Christ and whether believers understood what they believe.
Loving and devoted wife, caring mother and mimi (grandma), faithful sister and friend, gifted teacher and educator, servant of Jesus Christ. Kathy was all these things and more.
Kathy, I love you and will miss you. Heaven is even sweeter because you're there.
Psalms 116:15
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servants."
D'Layne Page
September 16, 2014
When I think of Kathy, I think "Christian teacher," an encourager , who was faithful and loving. She loved her Lord above all, and her love for her family filled her heart. No denying she was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and friend.

Kathy Bowers was my loving Christian friend, and I am a better person for having the privilege of being her friend. Her friendship was a God given gift to me little more than a year ago. God brought us together and it felt we had known each other a long time. We just clicked. She saw this gray headed, 63 1/2 year old Catholic step into Sunday School and she took me under her wing, guided me, inspired me, led me to be baptized, and never stopped...Even at Christmas Eve when she was very weak, she came to church to witness my husband's baptism as well.

So, above all, in my case, Kathy exemplified a loving Christian friend...

C. Caring, loving friend in Christ

H. Helping and encouraging us to study God's Word

R. Reading always to increase her knowledge of our Lord

I. Instructor and faithful Sunday School teacher

S. Sharing God's Word with all those around her

T. Teacher dedicated to children over her lifetime

I. Inspiring others by her example

A. Always a woman of Faith

N. Never giving up hope
Dee Dee Burr
September 16, 2014
Kathy was my dear friend for almost 30 years - my mentor, my encourager, my "truth-teller". The only person who knew everything about me-besides God & loved me anyway. I love her & I will miss her. We're fortunate when we love somebody who loves us back. We were friends through thick and thin!
Eleanor Smith
August 11, 2014
I had the pleasure and honor of knowing Kathy for 25 years. She was a wonderful and caring person. She will truly be missed. May God Bless and Keep her family in their time of sorrow.
Kim Stephens
August 10, 2014
Psalm 61:2
Gary and family, you all have always been in our prayers, and you will continue to be now. Our memories of Kathy will always be those of her faith in God, her love of family, her thoughtfulness and kindness. We always so enjoyed our times researching family, our drives all over Indiana, and just having fun. We have been so incredibly blessed to be a part of her life. We will pray for Jesus to hold you, your boys and their families close and to lift you up. Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Dale & Debbie Bowers
August 10, 2014
Our deepest condolences.


Kathy Reed & Jim Filmont
Willis
August 9, 2014
Kathy, it has been a privilege to call you my friend.
Vicki
August 9, 2014
I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of Kathy Bowers. Death causes so much pain but we can look forward to the blessing spoken of at Revelation 21:4 when God promises that very soon "He will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more". That will be a glorious time. May your fond memories of Kathy comfort you until we are able to see her again.
Kathy Jackson
August 9, 2014
As a boy, Kathy stood out to me at the Bowers' family reunions. She was warm, kind, and always took the time to show genuine interest in all the little kids running around. We'll be keeping Gary & family in our thoughts and prayers.
Micah Bowers
August 8, 2014
My memories of Kathy are of her beautiful smile, her gentleness and her love of Gary's heritage in Indiana. She always had this peacefulness about her that everyone felt. I always enjoyed the times we talked about family, life and our faith. Kathy loved sharing her faith. I will remember Kathy's life as a life lived and a life loves.
Tim Blessing
August 8, 2014
I went to Kathy's Sunday School class one time with my daughter, Mary Daunhauer. It was a blessing for me to meet her. She truly fulfilled her calling well.
Martha Futch, Cairo, Ga.
August 8, 2014
To the family, I am so very sorry Kathy was taken so early in her journey of life.. I believe the photo gallery is just precious of her and her family. I will be praying for all the family...My love and sympathy, Judy Thorsen (friend of Cheryl )
August 8, 2014
So very sorry for your whole family...prayers and love.
Pete Schille
August 7, 2014
Kathy, You were a wonderful Sunday School teacher. I learned so much from your lessons. Your helped me to be a stronger Christian. I also enjoyed the Bible studies at your house. I admired your strength and courage as you battled your illness. You are an inspiration for all of us. I love you and will miss you. Gary, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Terri Sherman
August 7, 2014
My family and I would like to extend our condolences to a wonderful woman. Mrs. Bowers was always a pleasant person when I volunteered at SBJ. Our children remember the great impact that you had on their lives. Thank you again,for your great service. Rest in peace.
Melissa Henderson
August 7, 2014
My memories of Kathy are of her beautiful smile, her gentleness, her love of family, her love for Gary's hertitage in Indiana. She always had this peacefulness about her that everyone felt. I will always enjoyed the times we talked about family, life and our faith. Kathy loved sharing her faith. I will remember Kathy's life as a life lived and a life loved.
Tim Blessing
August 7, 2014
You and your family are in our prayers.

Neal & Karen Wigley
August 7, 2014
Though I have only met Kathy a handful of times, through her husband Gary, I felt her genuine warmth and care of people. She and Gary were a couple to model in their love for one another.
Karen Gallagher
August 7, 2014
for a few summers, Kathy watched my sister and me, she was almost part of my family, and even though toward the end of her life I saw her less, every time I did she had that same smile, that same happiness, that same loving personality that I came to know and love about her
Kyle Ganci
August 7, 2014
I am saddened to hear the news of Kathy's passing. I remember meeting her for the first time at SBJ during my first week there 3 years ago.. She was a wonderful teacher. She will be missed by all of her SBJ family-teachers, staff and students. Prayers to her family members during this time.
Elizabeth Tucker
August 7, 2014
My prayers are with you and your family.
Roslyn Cox
August 7, 2014
Although I only saw cousin Kathy on and off through out the years, every time I did, her radiant smile, big hug, and kind words always greeted me. She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers of peace and comfort go out to Gary, Aunt Eleanor, Kathy's children, grandchildren, brothers, and sisters.
Debi Amos-Barnett
August 7, 2014
So sorry to learn of Kathy's death. What a blessing she was to so many. Praying for Gary and the family.
Mary Jane and Greg Carter
August 7, 2014
I am thankful and blessed to have known Kathy as a friend for many years. She was a friend to all she met and always left Jesus Christ shine through in everything she did. We will miss you, but heaven is a better place with you.
Joe and Debbi Holder
Joe Holder
August 7, 2014
Kathy will surely be missed. what a wonderful friend she has been for many years and mentor! Great lady!
Karen Paulk
August 7, 2014
Kathy was a true Titus II example. As Dan and I had our three children and struggled as young married Christians she was such an encouragement. I always loved working with her for Vacation Bible school. Treasured memories. Sweet sweet spirit! We will see each other again in heaven! Praise God!
Cynthia Leporati
August 6, 2014
Kathy's passing is a sobering reminder to me that we need to reach out in love to our kin while we are able, making family a priority, so that our memories won't be tinged with regrets. My cousin Kathy was a beautiful person inside and out, and I'm humbled by her very obvious godly influence on everyone she encountered. I feel I missed out on something amazing by not knowing her better. Offering up my prayers on behalf of everyone who will be deeply grieving her passing. She is now walking in Peace, without fear or pain. What a comfort to all who loved her.
Melanie Love
August 6, 2014
Kathy impacted my life in so many ways, but the biggest impact she had on my life was that she fueled a passion in me to love and study the word of God. Because of her passion for the Word of God, she encouraged me to lead bible studies in my home. She partnered with me in leading many people through the Truth Project which impacted so many other lives. Because of Kathy, my life has been made richer. She will always have a special place in my heart that only Christ can fill in her absence. I know Kathy is at peace at home in Heaven, and I look forward to the day I will see her again.
Johnna McKinnon
August 6, 2014
Words are so hard to come by as I think about how much Kathy has meant to me over the years. Her friendship, our long conversations (usually me talking and her listening) girlfriend time together...oh how I wish I could hear her voice, see her smile and listen to her encouraging words. She was an amazing friend, mentor and teacher. My life is blessed beyond measure at having known her. I will miss her more than I can say, but I know we will meet again and that brings me comfort. Praying for Gary and the family. Love you always, Shirley
Shirley J
August 6, 2014
I was truly blessed by Kathy's friendship while at SBJ. Her smile was contagious and she lit up a room. She genuinely cared for our children and knew them all by name. I admire her perseverance and devotion to God. I hope to be half of the woman that Kathy Bowers was in heart, spirit and love. I miss you Kathy, but I know you are watching over us here at SBJ.
Ilona Hagen
August 6, 2014
Thankful for the beautiful Christian friendship and mentoring Kathy gave me. She was a true example of God's love to others. Remembering Gary and the family in prayer.
Gayle Linkous
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