May 5, 2013
Ingrid Jean Plaudis-Bowie was born in the city of Red Deer in 1955. In 1968 Ingrid and her family moved into the country and shortly thereafter acquired horses. She then joined the Red Deer Pony Club and through sheer hard work and determination competed successfully in three day eventing for many years. After Ingrid graduated from High School she found her true passion was art and decided to pursue a post-secondary education in graphic design. She took courses at Red Deer College, Grant McEwan College and later gained acceptance into the esteemed Emily Carr University. It was at Emily Carr Ingrid realized her true passion, photography. In Vancouver Ingrid worked for David Cooper, a renowned theatre photographer. Ingrid’s work with David took her to both the Shaw and Stratford Festivals; this was a favorite time in her life as she could combine her love of photography with her appreciation of live theatre. Ingrid loved the medium of photography and saw it less as a means to capture a moment and more as an interpretation. Ingrid returned to Red Deer in 1988 and gained employment at the Michener Center. Ingrid continued to develop her artistic talents and had several shows at the Red Deer Museum and the Glenbow in Calgary. She taught photography for some years through the continuing education department at Red Deer College. She was a passionate and meticulous photographer, often emerging after hours spent in her dark room with a slightly mad-scientist appearance mumbling about some flaw in her work that only she could perceive. It was in Red Deer that Ingrid fell in love with her farrier, Shane, whom she later married and together they had a beloved daughter, Alanna. As Alanna followed in her parents footsteps as a rider, Ingrid took on many volunteer roles within Canadian Pony Club, organizing both regional and National tetrathlon competitions. Ingrid loved to travel and had backpacked throughout Europe more than once after leaving high school. Her more recent trips included Latvia, Sweden and Spain. Ingrid dedicated her life to her family and she hoped her retirement years would allow her the time to get back on track and create new and exciting art work. Ingrid was a gentle soul yet filled with strength and courage especially through her two year battle with cancer. She will be remembered for her genuine and giving nature and her ability to see good in everyone. She is loved by her husband Shane Bowie, daughter Alanna, sister Kathryn and many relatives and friends. Ingrid touched many lives and will be deeply missed but forever remembered. A celebration of Ingrid’s life will be held at the Bowie farm on Sunday May 26th, 2013 from 1-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the Red Deer Hospice Society.
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