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Kim Denise Bowerman
November 28, 1964 ~ November 15, 2023 (age 58) 58 Years Old
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Kim Denise Bowerman passed away peacefully in her home with her family, friends and her best boy, Elliot, by her side.
Kim was born on November 28, 1964 to James and Mildred Bowerman. After graduating from high school in 1983, she joined the US Army and served her country for five years while stationed in Germany during the cold war. In 1992, she chose to serve her community by joining the South Bend Police Department, starting off as a patrol officer and then being promoted to work in Narcotics. In 1998, she moved to Florida and became the first female officer for the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department. After retiring from the police department, she put herself through college and received her principal's licence and later a Master's Degree in English. She taught middle school, high school and college level coursework for many years. She impressed upon her students the importance of being kind, loving human beings who always look out for the underdog.
During her tenure as a police officer, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kim fought with everything she had to battle the disease and continued to remain cancer free until 2022, when she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma. After receiving her diagnosis, her main concern was not for herself, but rather for those that love her.
Kim was a friend of nature and often went to various national parks to hike the trails and listen to the wind in the trees. She adored wildlife and sitting under the stars. She loved to read, spend time near the water, and be with those she cared for. She lit up every single room she walked in to. Her laugh was infectious and her smile was full of love. Every single choice she made in her life involved helping others less fortunate than herself. She was a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend.
Kim's life is impossible to reduce down to a handful of paragraphs; anything written here could never be enough to express the myriad of ways that she changed the world. Hers was a life devoted to love and music and the written word, of kindness, of sowing the seeds of that kindness and watching it bloom with pride no matter how long it took. Every life she touched was lightened and made better simply with her presence. Her loss will be felt in more ways than anyone can quanitfy, but we are all so much better for having known her. In her absence, we strive to take up the mantle of the do-gooder, of the person she always worked so hard to be. In that way, her memory will carry on.
She is survived by her mother, Millie, her siblings, Lisa, Jeff, and Tracie, numerous nieces and nephews, and way too many friends to count.
"What I want more than your tears, is your resolute determination and effort towards being the happiest version of yourself, to love yourself fully, to believe wholeheartedly in the power and goodness and beauty and perfection of you. YOU - independent of anyone or anything else. Talk to strangers. Do things that scare you. Get uncomfortable. Explore. Mess up. Mess up and then fix it and learn from it. Improve the life of another whenever you have the chance, always with the expectation of nothing in return. Pet dogs. Pet all the dogs. But more than anything, believe in you. Believe in the power of you."
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to Casting For Recovery, the Grace Project, or your local library.