Mary Alice McCray Bowser

Mary Alice McCray Bowser left this Earth on July 13, 2016 at the age of 44 in an automobile accident. She was born on August 13, 1971, to John and Cathy McCray of Millersburg, Missouri. She leaves behind her husband of fifteen years Randy Ray Bowser, two sons Lucas Wilson McCray (fiancé Miranda Beatty) and Tanner Ray Bowser. Also grieving her loss are her parents John C. McCray and Cathy S. McCray, her sister Patti McCray Karr, her son Stanley McCray and special friend Heather Tyner. Her brother Robert McCray, his wife Laura and her niece Jade Richards. Grandparents Robert and Pat McGrath, her in laws the late Jerry Bowser and Janice Bowser. A sister in law Karla Jordon Anderson and husband Danny Anderson, her niece Ashley Gayda and husband Joey Anderson, great niece Sage Marie, and nephew Kurtis Jordon.

Her kind heart and loving soul will be remembered by many friends and family she attended Fulton High School where she was a talented and gifted musician she received the John Philip Sousa award for her hard work and skill on the clarinet. She loved music and loved to sing Patsy Cline songs, to the few that heard her it was beautiful.

She was employed at SERVE Inc. in Fulton, Missouri. Aside from spending time with her family and friends helping others was her greatest joy. She was a member of the Millersburg Community Club, she served for many years and was instrumental in the Millersburg Celebration. She volunteered her time at the Show-Me games shooting sports competitions, many school functions, and as her sons played football or baseball she was there in the stands yelling the loudest and taking pictures. She loved photography, her joyful and artistic look at the world showed in each photo. She took many wedding and senior pictures often donating her time to those that needed it most.

She enjoyed cooking for her friends and spending time at Mark Twain Lake with her husband. She always had time for a kind word and the truth when it was needed. She helped so many people and brought joy and compassion to all of those fortunate enough to know her. The loss of her generous and kind spirit has left a hole in her family and community that will be felt forever.

A memorial will be held at the Millersburg Lions Club July 23 at 2:00 p.m. for her friends and family that want to celebrate Mary Alice’s life. Donations can be made to the family or to SERVE Inc. in her honor. Share stories and condolences with the family online at


  1. Mary Tucker on July 17, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I just find out about Mary Alice. My heart is heavy with sadness, Mary Alice was a wonderful, kind and passionate person. I know she is already helping God in heaven!

  2. Angel on July 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Love you MA. You were and will always be my best friend and sister of another mother. When I moved away ,I knew that someday when I made it back (up home )you would be there. You and your amazing, bad-ass self and your beautiful face would treat me like I never missed a beat. I know that. I am still looking forward to seeing you, I will hunt you down in heaven, girl. … Our memories will last forever.

  3. Virginia Intelisano on July 19, 2016 at 3:53 am

    My deepest condolences to the Bowser family and especially Tanner. Let your mind and spirit be guided and lifted during this very difficult time. We sent you a gift and card and hope you cherish it when you need it the most. Warmly, Virginia Intelisano.

  4. Kayla Kliethermes on July 19, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Mary Alice was one of the most selfless and caring individuals I have ever met. It was truly a pleasure to know her. I only wish I had spent more time with her these past few years. I will remember her always.

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