Shirley Mae Bowen, 84, of Galt died at home on Oct. 3, 2019 of congestive heart failure. She was born April 13, 1935 and grew up in St. Joseph, Mo., moving to Galt in 1970.
Shirley was a country music singer and sang live on Friday nights for Station KFEQ in Gentry, Mo., as Shirley Mae Lawrence, and also performed at the Grand Ole Opry in her 20s. After she married Robert Bowen, she stopped her singing career to be a homemaker and mother to her six children, all daughters. She enjoyed trapping with her brothers and sisters as a child. Her brother described her as a tomboy. She loved spending time with her family, most of all. She liked to go gold panning and enjoyed family barbecues where she would always sing to her family.
Surviving Shirley are her brothers, Roger and Ralph Lawrence of Missouri; daughters, Kathey Bowen, Rita Bowen, Tina Thomas and Wonieta Trotti; sons-in-law Randy Aldridge, Doug Lawrie and Denny Seymour; 16 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She has quite a legacy.
Preceding Shirley in death were husband Robert Bowen; daughters Debra Jean Seymour and Susan (Bowen) Rose; brothers Louis, Lyle and Gene Lawrence; sisters Margie and Annabelle Lawrence; and parents Merle and Dorothea Lawrence.