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June 14, 1978 ~ June 9, 2023 (age 44) 44 Years Old
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Heather Marie Sowers, 44, of Nicholasville, passed away Friday June 9, 2023 from injuries received when hit by a DUI driver on the Bluegrass Parkway. She was born June 14, 1978 in Lexington, KY to Don Sowers of Nicholasville and the late Paula Rhodes Sowers.
She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Thomas Wayne and Marie Rhodes and paternal grandparents, J.C. and Gladys Sowers, Holly Sowers(Parmley), her sister and lifelong partner in crime. She is survived by two beloved nieces, Kristen Parmley of Nicholasville, and Lilly Ardery of Danville, two "adopted" brothers, Jeff Parmley of Nicholasville and Duncan Kendall of Lexington, and a host of relatives and friends.
Heather was a 1996 graduate of West Jessamine County High School and attended Lexington Community College before earning multiple degrees from Sullivan University. She was a member of Nicholasville Baptist Church and was a Brownie and Girl Scout with her sister, Holly. At the time of her death she was an employee of Prudent American Technologies in Lexington, KY.
Heather was the kindest, sweetest person most people ever met. While she missed her true calling of becoming a veterinarian or an elementary school teacher, she had chinchillas for pets in her teenage years, was adopted by an orange cat named Dusty and had a dog named Jacks at the time of her passing. Every little kid liked and wanted to be around Heather from her early days to the point that years after she worked for an after school program they were still knocking on her door to talk to Miss Heather. Her two nieces adored her and always had a good time when their Aunt Heather was around. Heather was always ready to hit the water whether it was in a pool or on a beach as she loved to swim. Her favorite color was royal blue and she was an avid UK fan almost from birth. However, since her maternal parents were from Alabama she learned to yell "Roll Tide" almost as quickly as she did "Go Big Blue". She even had little cheerleading outfits from both schools before she was five years old. Most of all, she loved her two nieces, who she called her heartbeats, with a passion, as well as the rest of her family. Those feelings were returned by her father, sister and nieces. Her adventures in the kitchen were legendary, and cooking was not a strong point for her, but as she said, "I'll help you fix it and I'll be MORE than happy to help clean up the mess afterwards if I get to help eat it." She loved to attend family gatherings her entire life and often represented the family at weddings, funerals and other events. The only times in her life I can remember her being adamant was when she was defending her family or her beliefs. Heather's quiet inner strength served her well when she became a breast cancer survivor at age 38. To sum it up, if you never met Heather you missed one of the nicest, kindest people most of us have ever met. She was beautiful inside and out. She and Holly put it this way, "Holly got the party started but Heather kept it going long after her sister got tired and went to sleep."
Visitation will be 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at Edgewood Baptist Church in Nicholasville, KY with services beginning at 1:00 PM with Reverend Steve Gray directing. There will be no graveside services per Heather's request to be cremated.
Pallbearers are Danny Flora, Duncan Kendall, Jeff Parmley, Alan "Doodle" Peel, Jack Ross, and Morgan Stinnett. Honorary pallbearers are Chris Ardery, Thomas Crout and Douglas Green, Wes Kawaja and Ashley King.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jessamine County Animal Care is available as an option because of Heather's love of animals.