Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Reflections for Police Officer Molly Suzanne Thomas-Bowden

Molly your smile lives on forever in our hearts and minds. We miss and love you. You are gone but never forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice to protect our community. There are still many great officers that live on through your legacy that are protecting and serving our great community still and I am thankful for that. You were one of a kind with the most giving, generous, loving, kind heart and soul. Love you forever and always.

Nicole Riley and 207 Sisters

July 23, 2018

Molly I have strived to be the best officer I can be, in your honor. From the moment I came to Columbia, I was driven by your sacrifice. Though I never knew you, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to honor your memory. Rest peacefully sister for you will never be forgotten.


February 11, 2018

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 13th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 9, 2018

Molly you inspired me to be the best I could be to keep trying and never give up on my dream no matter what people say or think about me...That if I could just believe in my self that I could accomplish my goal and achieve my dreams..Thank you for believing in me when no one else did and I am finally making my dreams come true and achieved my goals...I am now in the doc academy and halfway through and hold the title of Corrections officer one...god bless your sacrifice. Miss you always I believe we were police cadets together.. I met you once and that memory I will treasure for the rest of my life

CO1 Angela shafer dept of corrections in Missouri

January 10, 2018

Molly as you continue to rest in peace and watch over all of your fellow officers those of us who support law enforcement in Columbia area can take solace in your beautiful Memorial on the new grounds of the Boone Hospital South Campus. Your former Chief love you and has a picture I took of angel wings reflecting out over the pond through the Mist we know in our hearts that if you looking over your fellow officers. Continue to rest in peace sister

Paramedic retired Mike Bail
Show me safety Consulting LLC

October 10, 2017

Rest well my sister. You are not forgotten for your heroism. All BLUE LIVES MATTER.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)

February 10, 2017

I admire you thanks for your service

Citizen Zack McCubbin

August 14, 2016

Remembering the joy you brought and all the smiles you shared.

Sergeant Michael P Hestir
Columbia Police Department

July 20, 2016

Tamara and I so wish we could be at the rededication on Nifong in honor of your sacrifice.

Molly, if time does actually heal, it is taking it's sweet time. Miss you and love you. Brad & Tamara

Chief Brad L. Nelson
Salina, KS Police Department

April 21, 2016

R.I.P. Sister. May God bless you and your loved ones.

Sgt. Mark St.Hilaire
Natick, Mass. P.D.

February 19, 2016

Molly's eyes sparkled and her laugh was delightful. Her faith in Jesus Christ was inspiring. Molly's commitment to being decent to people and her thoughtful way were such a great example of a how a good cop acts. She was my co-worker, my backup and most importantly my friend. Molly, you are not forgotten but I do miss you.

Sergeant Michael P. Hestir
Columbia Police Department

February 10, 2016

It's hard to believe it has been 10 years. It seems like it was only yesterday that we were all saying goodbye to you. You were a great police officer and friend. RIP Molly!!!

Rick Kee

February 10, 2015

They had your annual blood drive this week, marking 10 years more or less since God took you to a much better place. I wanted to go but as I stood looking at your photo on the flyer, I started to be overcome with emotion and just couldn't.

A couple of weeks ago I viewed a movie,"American Sniper". At the end or after the end of the movie, there is actual footage of the funeral procession for the deceased Vet, Chis Kyle. It lasted a few minutes and the audience sat in complete silence and not 1 person headed for the exit. I found self back to Feb 15,2005 at about 2:30pm, riding in a hearse with you at rest in the back as we traveled from Mizzou Arena to memorial Cemetery.

I remember all the citizens of our community put aside their differences, joining together & lined up along the road holding the American flags and banners that said "We love you Molly" and "You will be remembered". It made me proud to be a Columbia Police Officer that day.

The signs told the truth! You are remembered much, by many people, more often than you would have ever imagined.
We all love you Molly!

Sergeant;Metro Squad
Retired Columbia PD

January 31, 2015

Today while driving to see the other side of our family & during a stop for gas, we had the pleasure of meeting a young deputy sheriff from Eastern Ohio She was very friendly, had a huge smile, spent time talking to my daughter, gave her a few small gifts, & even took her picture w/K infront of her sheriff's truck. As we got in our car to leave, I turned to my mom, & she had tears in her eyes. She was touched by this young woman's interaction & said she just reminded her so much of you...she said she could almost feel presence w/us. It's amazing how one little, brief interaction can make such a difference. This woman touched our hearts w/one simple interaction. I can't imagine how many times you did the same. It's blessing to have known & loved such an amazing example of a stong, kind woman...the world needs more role models like you for our little girls. You are greatly missed!


October 15, 2014

It does not seem possible that you have been gone for nine years. I for one will never forget you. God Bless.

Chief Brad L. Nelson
Salina, KS Police Department

May 12, 2014

Can't believe it has been 9 years ago since you left us... we miss you so much. You were so beautiful inside and out!

a friend

February 10, 2014

I had the pleasure of meeting Molly when we were taking night courses at Columbia College. The course was Crime Scene Photography and we occasionally paired off together. She was a delightful and humorous woman. I enjoyed her company a lot. I was deeply saddened to learn of her death and still think of her. I have moved a few hours away from Columbia now but always visit her grave site when I return. We lost a good one when we lost her but Heaven received a lovely angel in return. Godspeed, Molly. You are not forgotten and are still missed.

Geneva Wilson

December 2, 2013

RIP, Ma’am

Citizen, St. Louis, Missouri

August 2, 2013

I had the Honor of meeting your father and the rest of your family after arriving at the Wall this past weekend with the Police Unity Tour. They were there in front of your name. As I walked toward your family your father stopped me and thanked me for doing the ride. He then asked who was I riding for? When I told him for every name one the Wall he grabbed my hand and squeezed it and thanked me again. He told me all about you and how much you are missed. Rest assure you will never be forgotten.

Det. Sean Mitchell
Wayne, N.J.

May 15, 2013

Today "A" Shift honors you Officer Thomas-Bowden by dedicating our watch to you. You will never be forgotten. R.I.P. sister.

Sgt. J.L. Slaughter
Radford City Police Department

February 10, 2013

Molly, Tomorrow will be 8 years but it might just as well be 8 minutes. You were trained in a high risk area of Columbia and trained by one of the safest Officers I ever worked with...... what happened, happened for a reason. I will always believe that in my heart and soul.

You were like my little sister and so very special, you completed our squad. 2003 was the best year and 2005 was the worst. You touched so many of us in such a short time. The squad photo will endure forever like our love for you!!

sergeant; Metro Squad
Retired- Columbia PD.

February 9, 2013

Thinking about you today. There are no words to express how much you are still missed.

Friend and co-worker
Columbia Police Department

January 10, 2013

It's hard to believe it has been seven years since I heard the news on the radio about your death. I still think about the times that we had working together. Your family is in my prayers everyday. Thank-you for your willingness to give your life to save others.

Rick Kee

February 11, 2012


You and your family are in my thought and prayers on this seventh anniversary day. When I think of you, the word warrior instantly comes to mind because you fought so hard to live, Thank you for your service, Thank you for your valor, Thank you for being the beautiful young woman that you were when you graced this world. Rest In Peace,

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 10, 2012

Rest in peace and may god bless you today.


February 10, 2012

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