Ms. Bowland was born October 16, 1954, to Shirley Hundley and the late Donald Emery.
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#1 Apr 30, 2012
Terry Gail Bowland, 57, of Paducah, died Thursday at Western Baptist Hospital of a massive heart attack.
Ms. Bowland was born October 16, 1954, to Shirley Hundley and the late Donald Emery. Terry was adopted by her stepfather, J.T. Bowland, in 1965 and assumed his last name at that time. She was a 1972 graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School. Ms. Bowland prepared for her degrees in education by attending Western Kentucky University and received her bachelor’s degree at Murray State University. She achieved her master’s degree in foreign languages at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
Terry’s early working life was diverse reflecting her exuberance and sense of adventure. It included stints as a chorus girl and lead singer in a revue at the world-famous Opryland in Nashville and as a pit clerk at the Loews Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Terry’s first love in life was her family and her devotion to her dear four legged friend, L J. Her second love in life was music. She was an extraordinarily accomplished singer. She made her public singing debut at the age of four, by standing on a pew at the Reynoldsburg Methodist Church in Southern Illinois singing “Jesus Loves Me” to an amazed congregation. This was the first of her many performances, public and private, that over the years brought great joy to many. If any of the current national voice competitions had existed when Terry was young, her name would surely be familiar to most today. When she began her career in education, Terry’s passion was teaching and creating positive relationships with her students; they became a part of her family. She devoted 25 years to teaching, most of which was spent as part of McCracken County Public School system. She received many awards throughout her career as an educator. In her leisure time, Terry was an avid gardener and loved everyone.
She is survived by her mother, Shirley Hundley; one sister, Tracy DeFreitas of Paducah; one brother, Dale Bowland and wife Karen of East Enterprise, Ind.; one niece, Lindsey Garrett Wells and husband Clay; nephews, Justin Thomas DeFreitas and Scott Hundley Bowland; stepfather, J.T. Bowland of Clarksville, Tenn.; stepniece, Sidney Wilson, along with two uncles and seven cousins, all whose lives will be greatly diminished by the absence of this uniquely giving, loving woman.
She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Emery of Phoenix, Ariz.
Services will be held Monday, April 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Dr. Jason Browning officiating. Burial will follow at Wise-Robinson Cemetery in New Burnside, Ill., which is in Johnson County.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 29, 2012, from 5-8 p.m. at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah.
Expression of sympathy may be made to The Paducah Dog Park Fund, Paducah City Parks & Recreational, 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive, Paducah, KY 42003.
You may light a candle or leave a message of sympathy at wwwmilnerandorr.com .
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