Shirley Ann Bowling (nee Harbison), beloved wife of the late William H. Bowling, who preceded her in death on October 9, 2004. Loving and dedicated mother of Debbra Ann (Neal) Coval, Mark Alan (Sandra) Bowling. Dearest grandmother “Bun & Nana” of Blake Daniel (Sarah) Coval, Chad Edward (Erica) Coval, Matthew Martin (Jennifer) Bowling, Timothy Alan Bowling, Amanda Elizabeth (Chris) Giesler; Dearest great-grandmother of Blane Lee and Brock Daniel Coval and Michael Alan Bowling; dear sister of Peggy Anderson, Gerald Edward Harbison and Brenda Sue Bearman. She was also a loving aunt, great-aunt and friend.
Shirley was the daughter of the late Edward Gentry and Vivian Eulalah (nee Short) Harbison. She was born in Pilot Knob, Missouri, moved to Fredericktown, Missouri when she was 5 years old and resided there throughout her years in school. She graduated Fredericktown High School in 1953, became employed at the local bank and attorney’s offices. She was married to William H. Bowling, January 4, 1955. Bill joined the United States Air Force in September 1955. Shirley moved to St. Louis in 1956, to live with her parents while Bill served his over-seas duty in Fairbanks, Alaska. Their daughter Debbra Ann was born in St. Louis, as was their son, Mark Alan.
Shirley was a loyal and dedicated member of the St. Louis-Jefferson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She became a member of the National Society on April 19, 1985 and a Life Member on June 28, 2005, on her 70th birthday. She served as Chapter Regent of the St. Louis-Jefferson Chapter for two consecutive terms in 2005-2007 and 2007-2009.
Shirley worked in the medical field as a business manager for physicians for 39 years before her retirement in 1997. She continued to be active after retirement by providing services to doctor’s offices in part-time work from her home. She served as President of her garden club for 3 years, and won 3 blue ribbons and awards for her beautiful gardens. Since 1980, Shirley has worked relentlessly on research and the genealogy of her family tree. She has documented her ancestors all the way to England in the early 1300’s through her ancestor who served in the Revolutionary War. This wonderful heritage will be her legacy to her children and grandchildren.
A memorial visitation will be on Monday, March 20 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Hutchens-Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. (St. Charles).
Inurnment will take place at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to BJC Hospice.