Klara Shams Einerson BOWMAN
1983 - 2016

Klara Shams

Just weeks after proclaiming her assurance of Jesus Christ as her Savior, God's plans for Klara's life on earth ended, June 6, 2016. What won't end are our cherished memories of her.
She was welcomed into the world in Portland OR, March 30, 1983. Named after her maternal great-grandmother, Klara, (clear and bright) and her paternal great- grandmother, Shams, (Arabic for sunshine). Her parents, Tom Bowman and Robin Einerson, moved the family to Spokane WA in 1984. Klara called Spokane home until settling in Tacoma WA in 2008. She attended 1st Presbyterian Preschool, Wilson Elementary, Sacajawea Middle School and Lewis & Clark High School, graduating in 2001. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2005 with a double major in Political Science and Women's Studies. She earned her Masters in Teaching through Washington State University in 2008. The Tacoma Public School District hired her in September 2008 as a Kindergarten teacher. She received her National Board Teaching Certification in the Generalist/Early Childhood categories in 2014.
Klara had many passions, one very obvious, her love of teaching children. She taught 'imaginary students' for hours when she was quite young herself, graduating into teaching live students, (her younger sister and friends) after real school was over for the day. In her later elementary years she organized a yearly, one day, 'Camp Post' for all younger children in the neighborhood at her family home. She played soccer for 8 years, was a member of the Breakers Soccer Club, enjoyed learning the piano and the flute.
Driven and capable, she embraced the working world as soon as she was old enough, hired by Harvard Park Retirement home when she was 16. She worked full time when she could and always worked part-time when in school in a variety of jobs; Starbucks, Nordstrom, Seattle's Best, Margi-David Salon, Girls & Boys Clubs of America. The work commitment didn't distract her from school interests. In High School she enjoyed student government, serving in the leadership councils and was elected Senior Class president. At various times in high school she participated in soccer, drama, cheerleading, yearbook and more. She created a non-profit, 'Brita's Blessings', after the death of her sister, aimed at providing children in the hospital with books. She taught Sunday School at her church, Christ the Redeemer; participated on a missions trip to the Dominican Republic, and more recently was a volunteer the last two summers at a daycare in San Miguel, Mexico and was active with the Make-A-Wish Western WA chapter.
She was honored to receive recognition for outstanding citizenship qualities in sixth grade, receiving Wilson's 'Chris West Award'. In middle school she was part of a team of four girls who won the first ever Christopher Columbus Award from the National Science Foundation for finding an alternate solution to grass burning.
She had an insatiable travel bug and managed to live in or visit over thirty-nine different countries-she was always planning for the next trip. Swimming in any body of water was irresistible to her, fearlessly jumping into the deep end of a friend's swimming pool before she was two. She was so happy when she had a lake or ocean to be in, and If that involved hot, sunny weather all the better. She was also an avid hiker/backpacker, setting a pace that few could keep up with.
She was an artist, a lover of words, music, dance and painting. She saw beauty in rocks, seashells, flower bouquets and elephants. She always had a garden in the ground or in pots. She loved to cook and loved to eat her favorite dinner leftovers for breakfast. Salsa couldn't be too hot and nachos were her all time favorite-although, winner in all categories were Haribo Gummi bears! Musicals captivated her early on. 'Oklahoma!' was her introduction and then every musical became her favorite. She knew all the words to 'Cats' by the time she was five. She was particularly gifted in the visual arts and painting became her emotional expression, especially in the past five years. It gave her tremendous pleasure to be able to 'gift' a painting to a friend.
We hope that her kindergarteners will someday know what an advocate they had in her for their success and well-being. She burned brightly and people were attracted to her glow. She would respond by becoming their friend in the truest meaning of the word. She was 'gifted' to us by a mighty and good God and we will always be thankful to Him for the time we were allowed to be part of her life.
She is survived by her parents; boyfriend, Chad Ridgway, aunts: Linda Frank (Larry), Kathy Hall (Larry), Jody Einerson, (Phil Costaggini) and many relatives. She was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents and her only sibling, sister Brita. Her corneas have already given sight to two people. Skin, bone and heart valve tissues were collected and saved and will be used in the future for those in need.
There are two services scheduled: Spokane WA, June 25, 1 pm, Christ the Redeemer Church, 1523 W. Mallon, 328-8700. And, Olympia WA, July 16, 12:30 pm, Calvary Chapel Church, 919 Division St. N.W., Olympia WA, 360-352-4214.

Published by Spokesman-Review from Jun. 22 to Jun. 24, 2016.
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Christ the Redeemer Church
1523 W. Mallon, Spokane, WA
Calvary Chapel Church
919 Division St. N.W., Olympia, WA
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So sad to hear this, I haven't seen klara for many years. How did she pass? Her family is in my prayers.
Jesse Floberg
July 14, 2016
We will always be blessed to have known and loved this beautiful family. We are saddened for Tom and Robin
Peter & Julie Hayward
June 30, 2016
Dear Robin and family, I loved how you shared about your 2 daughters when you were in my BSF group. They both grew with such a heart for others just as their momma. You introduced them to Jesus at a toddler age and the seeds were forever planted. It was so hard to loose Britta but now your Klara. I will hold you in prayer and both girls will have that special place always in my heart. Love you, Lydia Griffith
Lydia Griffith
June 27, 2016
I remeber Klara as such a kind and involved student at Lewis and Clark High School --she had a beautiful smile and a special glow about her. My thoughts and prayers for the family.
Heather LeFriec
June 23, 2016
Oh, Klara... You sweet, beautiful, talented lady! Thank you, for bringing your sunshiny smile, rosy cheeks, and those dimples; along with your love and compassion for our children; into our days, at work!
Shelley Woolery
June 22, 2016
My heart pours out for the family. May memories bring comfort in the days to come.
Debbie Swayne
June 22, 2016
I was fortunate enough to be one of Klara's and Brita's babysitters..and what an honor it was. I still have the letter that Klara wrote me after I babysat one night. She was SO intelligent and beautiful inside and out...with a wonderful set of parents.
Amy (Budge) Janson
June 22, 2016
There aren't words that can express how much you will be missed. You were an essential part of our group and I am truly honored to have met you. Your spirit will live among us forever and for that we are truly blessed. You will be a shining light in the kingdom of heaven. We know you'll be hiking the biggest trails and swimming in the warmest blue waters there. Your smile will brighten the days of all the angels. Go fondly with God, Klara Bow. We'll see you when we get there
Gregory Wineke
June 22, 2016
Love you so much Klara!! Your light will always shine bright in my life!
Jaclyn Parrott
June 22, 2016
There are some who bring light so great in the world, that even after they have gone, the light remains. - UNKNOWN
Klara shined so bright! We will always remember her smile, kind & open heart, and amazing ability to connect with every person she met. She made a lasting impression on so many. I am incredibly thankful to have had her as a close friend. Love and miss you always Klara Jane.
Angela Garcea
June 22, 2016
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