OBITUARY

Sara "Sally" Shipley Bowers

May 15, 1936July 7, 2018

Sara “Sally” Shipley Bowers, 82, departed this life on July 7, 2018.

Fort Smith has a lost a true princess. Sally was born on May 15, 1936, the fourth child of a thriving bakery family, Shipley Baking Company. She attended Fort Smith Public Schools and graduated from Fort Smith Senior High School in 1953. She attended Stratford College in Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she met the father of her daughters, Robert Morgan Powell. North Carolina was also where her love for the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity began as a member of the North Carolina Alpha Chapter. She would later serve as President of the Fort Smith Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club and became involved at a national level serving first as the National Director of House Corporations and finally as Grand Vice President of Alumnae on Grand Council. Sally loved the Pi Phi’s-Ring Ching!

Sally was an active member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church and found her calling singing in the choir for many years. She also served on Saint John’s altar guild and participated as a Eucharistic visitor. Sally was a member of the Junior League of Fort Smith, Delta Beta Sigma Sorority and the Fort Smith Rose Society (where she competed and won many awards on roses from her personal garden). She was one of the original one hundred founding members of the Fort Smith Garden Club at Hardscrabble Country Club. Sally was a competitive bridge player and considered herself a Master at Mah Jongg. She prided herself on teaching and sharing her love of Mah Jongg with both friends and brand new acquaintances. Sally never met a stranger.

Sally and Don enjoyed forty-four years of marriage during which time they shared a love of books and travel, enjoying much of their leisure time in their Colorado and New Mexico homes. Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin Harrison Shipley, Sr., and Maud Curtis Shipley; husband, Donald Stark Bowers, Sr.; her brother, Harry Shipley, Jr.; her sister, Juda Jane Shipley Holder; and Donald Stark Bowers, Jr. and John Russell Bowers, Sr. She is survived by her loving brother, Curtis “Bubby” Shipley and his wife, Jane, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; her daughters, Carolyn Powell Hartley and husband, Ken, of Dallas, Texas, and children, Taylor Kenneth Hartley of West Hollywood, California, Mackenzie Powell Hartley of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Kelso Wayne Hartley of Dallas, Texas; Maud Powell Mulvany and husband, Steve, of Coronado, California, and children, Robert Booth Ramsay of Santa Monica, California, Sara Morgan Ramsay and Allison Ainsley Ramsay of San Diego, California; and Annie Powell Hendricks and husband, Andy, of Fort Smith and children, Emma Maud Hendricks of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Rachel McClain Hendricks and Andrew Powell Hendricks of Fort Smith; step-son, David Louis Bowers, and wife, Jane, and son, Grant Bowers of Fort Smith; step-daughter, Ann Bowers Kinder and husband, Paul, and children, Victoria Sweatman Schmitt and Catherine Sweatman Hittner, and great grandchildren of Fort Smith; and grandchildren, Rosalie Russell Bowers and great grand-children of Fort Smith and John Russell Bowers, Jr.; and many Holder and Shipley nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and god-daughters Kate Boreham Maurras and Debe Boreham Vicharelli. Service will be Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 11:00 am at Saint John’s Episcopal Church under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. A reception will immediately follow the service at Hardscrabble Country Club at 1:00 pm. Sally’s grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers. Memorials may be made to Saint John’s Episcopal Church and Mercy Hospice. We would like to thank Mom’s many caregivers both private and those associated with Grace at Home Senior Care- they were so sweet, loving and gentle with her in the past months.

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  • FAMILY

  • Donald Stark Bowers, Sr., Husband
  • Maud Curtis Shipley, Mother
  • Benjamin Harrison Shipley, Sr., Father
  • Juda Jane Shipley Holder, Sister
  • Curtis “Bubby” Shipley and his wife, Jane, Brother
  • Harry Shipley, Jr., Brother
  • Carolyn Powell Hartley and husband, Ken, Daughter
  • Taylor Kenneth Hartley, Grandson
  • Mackenzie Powell Hartley, Granddaughter
  • Kelso Wayne Hartley, Grandson
  • Maud Powell Mulvany and husband, Steve, Daughter
  • Robert Booth Ramsay, Grandson
  • Sara Morgan Ramsay, Granddaughter
  • Allison Ainsley Ramsay, Granddaughter
  • Annie Powell Hendricks and husband, Andy, Daughter
  • Emma Maud Hendricks, Granddaughter
  • Rachel McClain Hendricks, Granddaughter
  • Andrew Powell Hendricks, Grandson
  • David Louis Bowers and wife, Jane, Step-Son
  • Grant Bowers, Grandson
  • Ann Bowers Kinder and husband, Paul, Step-Daughter
  • Donald Stark Bowers, Jr., Step-Son
  • John Russell Bowers, Sr., Step-Son
  • Victoria Sweatman Schmitt, Granddaughter
  • Catherine Sweatman Hittner, Granddaughter
  • Rosalie Russell Bowers, Granddaughter
  • John Russell Bowers, Jr, Grandson
  • Kate Boreham Maurras, God-Daughter
  • Debe Boreham Vicharelli, God-Daughter
  • Holder and Shipley nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, Nieces and Nephews
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Her Grandchildren, Honorary
  • DONATIONS

  • St. John's Episcopal Church
  • Mercy Hospice

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Reception Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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Cara Sutcliffe

July 10, 2018

I learned Sally's name as a new member of Pi Beta Phi when she was Director of Chapter House Corporations and have felt connected ever since through our mutual ties to Fort Smith. I extend my sympathy to her family and hope they feel comfort in knowing she made such an impact on so many.
In Pi Beta Phi,
Cara Ballard Sutcliffe

Jane Bonady Brackin

July 10, 2018

Sally, you were a wonderful APP; a fantastic Director of House Corporations; and a stupendous Grand Vice President of Pi Beta Phi. All of your sister-angels are going to miss you so much.
“She’s just a Pi Phi Symphony....a challenge for you and for me.”

Ring Ching Ching, dear Sally!!

Jane Bonady Brackin
Arkansas Alpha 1967

Peggy Pace

July 9, 2018

A beautiful lady. I remember her encouragement and support--she taught me to say "why not" and just go ahead and do it. She never met a stranger and she left this world a much better place. God Bless.

Jim Bill Wells

July 9, 2018

There were many beautiful & Friendly Young Ladies in My FSHS Class of 1953. Sally Shipley was one of Them. I saw Her a few months ago down at Harp's Grocery, She was still as beautiful & Friendly as ever. We had a very nice visit. So sorry to read of Her Passing. Sending good thoughts to Her Family.

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Biography

Sara “Sally” Shipley Bowers, 82, departed this life on July 7, 2018.

Fort Smith has a lost a true princess. Sally was born on May 15, 1936, the fourth child of a thriving bakery family, Shipley Baking Company. She attended Fort Smith Public Schools and graduated from Fort Smith Senior High School in 1953. She attended Stratford College in Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she met the father of her daughters, Robert Morgan Powell. North Carolina was also where her love for the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity began as a member of the North Carolina Alpha Chapter. She would later serve as President of the Fort Smith Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club and became involved at a national level serving first as the National Director of House Corporations and finally as Grand Vice President of Alumnae on Grand Council. Sally loved the Pi Phi’s-Ring Ching!

Sally was an active member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church and found her calling singing in the choir for many years. She also served on Saint John’s altar guild and participated as a Eucharistic visitor. Sally was a member of the Junior League of Fort Smith, Delta Beta Sigma Sorority and the Fort Smith Rose Society (where she competed and won many awards on roses from her personal garden). She was one of the original one hundred founding members of the Fort Smith Garden Club at Hardscrabble Country Club. Sally was a competitive bridge player and considered herself a Master at Mah Jongg. She prided herself on teaching and sharing her love of Mah Jongg with both friends and brand new acquaintances. Sally never met a stranger.

Sally and Don enjoyed forty-four years of marriage during which time they shared a love of books and travel, enjoying much of their leisure time in their Colorado and New Mexico homes.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin Harrison Shipley, Sr., and Maud Curtis Shipley; husband, Donald Stark Bowers, Sr.; her brother, Harry Shipley, Jr.; her sister, Juda Jane Shipley Holder; and Donald Stark Bowers, Jr. and John Russell Bowers, Sr. She is survived by her loving brother, Curtis “Bubby” Shipley and his wife, Jane, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; her daughters, Carolyn Powell Hartley and husband, Ken, of Dallas, Texas, and children, Taylor Kenneth Hartley of West Hollywood, California, Mackenzie Powell Hartley of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Kelso Wayne Hartley of Dallas, Texas; Maud Powell Mulvany and husband, Steve, of Coronado, California, and children, Robert Booth Ramsay of Santa Monica, California, Sara Morgan Ramsay and Allison Ainsley Ramsay of San Diego, California; and Annie Powell Hendricks and husband, Andy, of Fort Smith and children, Emma Maud Hendricks of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Rachel McClain Hendricks and Andrew Powell Hendricks of Fort Smith; step-son, David Louis Bowers, and wife, Jane, and son, Grant Bowers of Fort Smith; step-daughter, Ann Bowers Kinder and husband, Paul, and children, Victoria Sweatman Schmitt and Catherine Sweatman Hittner, and great grandchildren of Fort Smith; and grandchildren, Rosalie Russell Bowers and great grand-children of Fort Smith and John Russell Bowers, Jr.; and many Holder and Shipley nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and god-daughters Kate Boreham Maurras and Debe Boreham Vicharelli.

Service will be Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 11:00 am at Saint John’s Episcopal Church under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. A reception will immediately follow the service at Hardscrabble Country Club at 1:00 pm. Sally’s grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Saint John’s Episcopal Church and Mercy Hospice. We would like to thank Mom’s many caregivers both private and those associated with Grace at Home Senior Care- they were so sweet, loving and gentle with her in the past months.

To sign an on guestbook, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com