Sharon Gowdy
Elk City

Sharon Kaye Crary was born in Huntington, WV, September 20, 1940. After her family moved to Ohio, she attended Franklin County Schools in Columbus, graduating from South High School in 1957. From 1964 to 1966 she attended Sacramento City College and the Art Institute of Sacramento. From 1971 to 1972 she attended University of Maryland. 

Sharon moved to Erdorff, Germany in 1969, where she was proprietor of Euro-Imports until 1973 when she returned to Columbus, Ohio.

In 1976, Sharon moved to Cimarron County with her husband, Billy Ray Gowdy, where they were partners in operating Cimarron Feeders, the largest commercial feedlot in Cimarron County. At the same time they also operated a farming and ranching enterprise. Sharon and her husband, along with partners, chartered three banks, one in Woodward one in Guymon and one in Elk City. During this time, Sharon gained experience and a working knowledge in the fields of banking and investments.

In 1983, Sharon and her husband moved to Elk City, Oklahoma where she still resides today.

Among her many accomplishments are:

  • President, St. Ann’s Hospital Guild, in Columbus, Ohio
  • Cattlemen’s Assoc.
  • Farmer’s Union
  • Wheat Grower’s Assoc.
  • Home Demonstration
  • Elk City Symphony Board
  • Arimathea Club
  • Elk City Garden Club
  • Oklahoma State Humanities Board
  • Board of the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Oklahoma Industrial Finance Authority & The Oklahoma Development Finance Authority
  • Building Committee St. Matthews Catholic Church, Elk City
  • Member of the Knights & Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Presently, Sharon also holds a seat on the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Committee
  • She is also currently serving as President of Gowdy Land & Cattle Corp, Manager of SBG Properties, LLC, Manager of BRG Minerals, and Founder of SKI, Ltd. Co.


Sharon had three children, Katherine Marie, Jonathan Bentley and Jennifer Cheryl. She has been blessed with two grandchildren, Andrew Bentley and Carson Cole.

In the Spring of 2003, Sharon lost her husband Billy Ray and also her daughter, Katherine Marie.