Mary A. Bowker, age 81 of Sidney, NE passed away on Monday, July 1, 2024 at Sidney Regional Medical Center.       

            No funeral services will be held. The family will do a celebration of life at a later date.

You may view Mary’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at

            Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Mary’s care.

            Mary was a social butterfly and made anyone she encountered smile. Mary was loved by many. Mary was born in Kimball, NE on November 16, 1942 to Thomas and Mary Taylor. After a short time living in Texas they moved to Sidney, NE where Mary graduated High School in 1961.

 She then married her High School sweet heart, Lee Bowker, in Sterling, CO on July 9, 1963. They moved to Cheyenne, WY and had four children that Mary was a loving stay at home mom for. Mary loved all living creatures and never wanted to harm anything. She loved to bowl, play pool, roller skate, go to the casino, play bingo, and visit with family and friends. Mary adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mary is survived by her four children, Yavette and husband Rick Prater of Sidney, NE, Tom

and wife Jody Bowker of Terra Haute, IN, Tim and wife Susan Bowker of Sidney, NE, and Tonya and husband Joey Neemann of Sulphur Springs, TX. 10 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, extended family members and friends.

            Mary was preceded in death by her husband Lee Bowker, father Thomas Taylor, mother Mary Taylor and sister Cecelia Babutzke and many extended family members.