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Dr. Patricia Bowers Schultz

April 26, 1941 - July 13, 2021


Dr. Patricia Bowers Schultz passed away on July 13, 2021, due to complications following heart surgery. Her mother gave birth to her at home in the small Welsh village of Gomer, Ohio, on April 26, 1941. Following graduation from Norwalk High School, Patricia earned a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) with a double major in French and Music. That following summer, she met the love of her life, Dr. Charles A. Schultz, at the summer theater Huron Playhouse in Ohio. Charles had returned to the program that summer with the express sole intent of meeting and getting to know Patricia after he learned that she would be there. They were together ever after, and married that following June 1, 1963, in Norwalk, Ohio.


They both then attended the University of Illinois, where Patricia obtained a Masters in Guidance and Counseling, while also being selected to perform with the university opera program. She later earned a Doctorate in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and shared her love of music with thousands of students as a Professor at Northwest Missouri State University, both in Maryville, Missouri and through the Missouri in London Program at Imperial College, England.


A coloratura soprano with the voice of an angel, she shared her exquisite talent over the years through multiple performances. She soloed on national television, toured Europe with Dave Brubeck and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and sang in New York’s Philharmonic Hall. As a musicologist, Patricia researched, wrote and performed an historical drama based on the 19th Century vocalist Jenny Lind, which she performed throughout the United States and the United Kingdom with her husband Charles through the Missouri Arts Touring Program, and delivered a scholarly lecture recital at the invitation of the prestigious College Music Society. Her Welsh heritage prompted her doctoral dissertation on the Gymanfa Ganu, a Welsh song festival, and she was invited back by the CMS to deliver another lecture on the subject, while also directing multiple Gymanfa Ganu throughout the country, including soloing at the National Gymanfa Ganu.


Dr. Schultz was the first woman elected President of the Faculty Senate at Northwest. Subsequent to her leadership in organizing faculty training sessions as a technology-in-the-classroom faculty mentor, she was asked to serve as Director of the Electronic Campus Program. Following a statewide search, she was selected to a one year term as Faculty Fellow with the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education in the Missouri state capitol.


Patricia is preceded in death by her mother, Blodwen Bowers (nee Watkins), and father, Paul Bowers. She is survived by her adoring husband, Charles, her sister Teresa Barnes, and brother Bruce Bowers. She is also survived by her loving children and grandchildren: son Todd Schultz and his wife Kimberly and their children, Katherine, Gretchen, Matthew and Audrey; son Vaughn Schultz; and daughter Cinnamon Schultz and her children Scout and Leo. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and extended family members whom she dearly loved and were very loving to her.


A memorial service will be held at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, where Patricia will be laid to rest in the columbarium, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021.

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Village Presbyterian Church
6641 Mission Road
Prairie Village
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Aug 06 ,2021
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1:00 pm
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Sandy and Bob Coleman Jul 22 ,2021

Friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

What a lovely tribute for a beautiful friend! She will be greatly missed❤️.

Aaron Drake Jul 23 ,2021

Northwest Music Dept. Graduate ,Forsyth ,Missouri

I always had such admiration for this woman. What a fabulous teacher , musician and human being❤️ A life well lived👏

Channing & Louise Horner Jul 23 ,2021

friends ,Maryville ,Missouri

Our warmest sympathy. So sorry to learn of your loss, a loss to all who knew her and had the pleasure of witnessing her abundant talents. We hope to be with you on Aug 6.

Patrick Harr Jul 23 ,2021

friend ,Maryville ,Missouri

Very moving tribute to a wonderful and talented woman. My sincere condolences to the Schultz family. We certainly shared some good times in Maryville💕💕

Bridget Brown Jul 23 ,2021

Friend ,Prarie Village ,Kansas

What a lovely tribute to a charming and talented woman whose grace and talent will long be remembered. My sincere sympathy to Charles and family. I will long remember our days in Maryville!

Joe Kreizinger Jul 23 ,2021

My deepest sympathy to you all. She was an extraordinary woman who positively influenced so many lives. It was my good fortune knowing her.

Susan (Smith) Gater Jul 23 ,2021

Friend and former student ,Bryan ,Texas

What a lovely tribute to an amazing lady. My heart goes out to you all - sending love and prayers for peace.

Bob Schofer Jul 23 ,2021

Northwest Music ,Lansing ,Kansas

It was always a huge treat when she performed on recital or soloed with one of the choirs. My deepest sympathies to Doc Schultz and family.

Jenny Fleming Jul 24 ,2021

Student ,Springfield ,Missouri

Hello Dear Schultz Family. I was tagged on Facebook for the passing of my dear mentor. I was not going to be on Facebook for a couple of days. I felt like I needed to get on real quick.I was tagged in the link above Dr Schultz. Dr. Schultz was one of those people who truly believed in what I was doing. I believe she could tell I had an explosive amount of anxiety and depression. She helped me with that. She gave me the inspiration to take steps I would have never had taken. Even though I didn't do the research she suggested. I knew that drove her crazy! She got me into The Conservatory due to my VOICE. Most definitely not with my GRADE average. Something really funny is when I moved to KCMO, I lived on the street Broadway. She sent me a letter that said You Have Made It To Broadway! I been thinking about her for a while. I saw a video of her Welsh event. She was a great adventure! Love you all so very much!

Myrna Read Jul 24 ,2021

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Sending love and prayers to the Schultz family. Patty was a friend to all a will be missed. PAUL AND MYRNA READ FAMILY

Jeffrey Loomis Jul 24 ,2021

Fellow NWMSU emeritus professor ,Omaha ,Nebraska

Grateful to have known the professorial Schultzes and to have seen Cinnamon on stage. May treasured memories of love console you now and in ongoing months and years.

Sarah Barton Thomas Jul 25 ,2021

student ,Columbia ,Maryland

Thinking of Mr. Doc and all of the Schultz family as you enter your time of bereavement. Mrs. Doc was such an amazing influence and presence on so many young singers, including mine. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Kate Pace Cronk Jul 26 ,2021

Former student of Charles ,Buffalo ,New York

My heart hurts to hear this news. Dr. Schultz was a lovely woman and a pioneer for all women in higher education. Sending love and light to your precious family. Kate Cronk (Kate Pace). NWMSU 1991

Brian Bellof Jul 27 ,2021

Student ,Kansas City ,Missouri

My condolences for the loss of a true artist and friend. She in one of the most influential instructors in my musical career. God bless Patty, Charles, and the family. Heaven looks and sounds a bit more beautiful this year.💕