Frances ‘Sharon’ Stear Bowen, 81, of Spotsylvania County, Virginia passed on to the care and comfort of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Monday morning, January 1, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal.  
  Sharon was the widow of Richard ‘Dick’ Bowen, Colonel USAF Ret. who predeceased her by four years and mother of Mark Bowen who predeceased her by twenty six years.  Survivors include her brothers Ron and Roger Stear of Cozad, son Matthew (Anne) Bowen and daughters Lindi (Mike) Copeland and Patricia (Steve) Garvis, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
  Sharon was a vibrant and active member of Church of the Messiah, Episcopal Fredericksburg and the Fawn Lake Spotsylvania, Virginia community.  She raised her family around the world and across the country, making homes in Brussels Belgium, Vienna Austria and Washington D.C. as a Military Officer and Diplomat’s wife.  Sharon and her family were residents of McLean, Virginia for thirty years where she taught and served at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Garden Club, and Community Bible Study.  She embraced opportunities to explore other cultures, make new friends and extend her and her family’s horizons.  She was a strong witness and light for Christ the Savior. We are warmed still by the incandescence of her smile and the grace shone outward to all.
  Sharon is another member of the greatest generation to have devoted her life in the service of community and country.  Born on a small depression era family farm near Cozad, devoted wife and mother, servant and follower of Christ, community contributor, Sharon lived a marvelous exemplary twentieth century American life.