ESCANABA - A few minutes after 10 on the morning of June 15, 2013, Sharon Cowman's ever restless spirit left this world and headed on to the next great adventure.
She passed with loved ones at her side in a room filled with laughter and tears but overwhelmingly with love and caring. It is safe to say that the last sound Sharon heard in this world was laughter.
Sharon was born on Jan. 28, 1939, in Manistique, Mich. She spent time in several locations throughout the U.P. during her childhood but ended up downstate near Detroit where she graduated from high school in 1957.
During her time in Manistique she met the man who was to become her husband and on April 2, 1960, Sharon and John "Jack" Cowman were wed.
Together they moved downstate, starting out in Detroit but ended up settling in the suburb of Dearborn Heights where they raised their family. Jack and Sharon had two children, Terry and Mark. Jack passed away in 1984 and in 1987 Sharon returned to the U.P. where she made her home in Rapid River so as to be near her father Ernie Parker. Sharon lived there until very near the end of her life.
While living in Rapid River Sharon was active with Calvary Lutheran Church as well as the American Legion Women's Auxiliary. She was a bingo caller at the Omni Center in Rapid River but the thing Sharon may have been most proud of was running her own ceramic shop. She operated "Sharon's Ceramic's" out of her home for years and immensely enjoyed her time with her "Students".
Sharon had multiple creative talents. She could knit you an afghan, paint a ceramic duck or sew her son some boxer shorts all with equal aplomb. She never stopped sharing her skills even teaching knitting during her time at Christian Park. To top it off Sharon was a fabulous cook whose baked beans were the highlight of many a gathering.
Sharon loved gardening, reading Erle Stanley Gardner, watching the Tigers, going to shows at Players de Noc, late night runs to the casino and traveling. She fulfilled one of her life long dreams to visit the Grand Canyon when she went on her great Southwest Adventure in 2003. Sharon had managed to visit almost all of the lower 48 states and loved being on the go.
In the end though we are certain that Sharon will be most remembered for her kind spirit, giving heart, ready laugh and warm smile and it would be a great tribute to her that when you think of her that you do it with a smile and laughter as well.
Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Cowman, and her brother, Ronald Parker. She is survived by two sons and two grandchildren. Her son Terry Cowman lives with his wife Diane and their children Tim and Michael Cowman in Shrewsbury, Pa. Her son Mark Cowman lives in Escanaba with Kate Oman, whom Sharon viewed as "the daughter I never had".
In lieu of flowers we ask that you donate to your local animal shelter or take the money and go out to dinner with someone you haven't talked to in a long time.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Memorial services will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Ingmar Levin officiating. Sharon will be laid to rest in the Lakeview Cemetery in Manistique, next to her husband.
For additional information or to leave the Cowman family a message of condolence, go to www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.