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Vickie Sue Bowser (Carson) was born on August 7, 1969, in Lyons, Kansas and passed in her sleep surrounded with the love of her family and friends on April 11, 2022, at the age of 52 in Grand Junction, Colorado.
My mother is so very well loved. As the middle child of five life was always an adventure. She met my dad at a wedding as a teenager where dad was an usher, and my mom sang at the wedding. While many doubted them, they were married in my grandmothers living room on May 1, 1987 and maintained a loving marriage for just shy of 35 years. While my mom wanted a large family like she grew up with, they decided not to press their luck with me as the only child.
We had many adventures throughout my childhood including living in California and Japan while my dad was enlisted in the Navy. While most of my childhood was spent away from our family, my mom loved her family more than anything. She did not have any of her own grandchildren but was able to enjoy her honorary grandchildren whom she loved and doted on anytime she could.
My mom always told me I got my brains from my dad, but she was an incredibly intelligent woman. She received he Medical Assistant Certification while we lived in California and placed at the top of the class. Over the years she volunteered with the Red Cross and Girl Scouts and had a career in healthcare, first as a Medical Records Clerk, then Medical Records Manager, eventually becoming a Billing Manager for a medical office. When she had the opportunity to work with Community Hospital as an Oncology Biller, she even obtained her Medical Billing and Coding Certification. The wonderful people she worked with in this office would continue to cheer her on and support her through her own personal fight against cancer.
Vickie was an avid outdoors lover and we often spent weekends camping at Crawford Reservoir fishing or on the “Unc” (Uncompahgre Plateau) four wheeling with our friends. Growing up we could not afford many vacations but were able to spend our free time as I got older planning our next trip. Our vacations may not always have gone to plan, they were always an adventure, and we could find the fun in anything.
Vickie is survived by her husband Christopher “Chris” Gene Bowser, daughter Jessica Renea Bowser, her four siblings Tracy, Ricky (Cindy), Randy (Shana), Dawn (Jay), many nieces and nephews, and our numerous honorary family members. She is preceded in death by her mother (Virginial Kay Carson) and father (Robert Dean Carson).
My mom did not want a funeral, but we will have a Celebration of Life Saturday April 16, 2022, at my parents’ home in Grand Junction, Colorado. Later this summer we will hold a graveside service when my mom’s ashes are interred at the Veterans Cemetery in Grand Junction. Rather than flowers, please send our family any memories or photos you may have shared with my mom for us to hold close. If you feel you must do more, please donate to HopeWest Care Center.
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