Chantel Angelina Bowen-Sanchez, of Lander, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at her home. She was 40 years old. Visitation was held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Chapel of Mount Hope at Hudson's Funeral Home. The family had a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 1, in Trinity Episcopal Church in Lander. Chantel Angelina Bowen-Sanchez was born Feb. 24, 1972, in Ruidoso, N.M., the daughter of George Phelps Bowen and Vivian Elaine Shows. She was active in sports at Ruidoso High School in New Mexico. After graduating, she played volleyball and participated in track at the University of Redlands in California where she received her undergraduate degree.
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She then entered the sports medicine and kinesiology graduate program at Humboldt State University in California, which led to an athletic trainer certification. While at HSU she worked with various sports teams, including football, softball and rugby. For several years she worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, cardio coordinator and office manager.
She was the race director for the Arctic Bicycle Club in Anchorage, Alaska during the early 1990's. She then pursued and earned a master's degree in physical therapy at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. After completing the program, she moved to Lander in 2005 and became the owner of High Mountain Fitness, Physical Therapy and Pilates LLC.
She successfully completed the Ironman Triathlon at Panama Beach, FL, in 2007.
She married Michael John Sanchez on July 18, 2009, at the Louis Lake Lodge near Lander. They shared a wonderful life with family and friends. Her family said she was passionate about fitness, health, wellness and teaching others, and she was integral in founding the Lander Sprint Triathlon in 2011.
She is survived by her loving husband, Michael Sanchez; brothers Bart Bowen, Scott Martens and Christopher Bowen; sister Olivia Bowen; nephews Noah Lowham, Eli Lowham, Gabriel Lowham, Dominic Lowham, Gavin Bowen, Tanner Bowen, Mikel Niedergerke and Johan Niedergerke; and stepparents Barbara Bowen and Sam Williams.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, George F. Bowen, Willie Mae Bowen, Doris Schaeper and Lawrence Shows. Donations can be made to the Lander Community Foundation for the benefit of the Chantel Bowen-Sanchez Youth Scholarship Fund. Donations can be mailed directly to the Lander Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1131, Lander, WY 82520.
Services are under the direction of the Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander. An online guest book is available at www.HudsonsFuneralHome.com.
On-line guest book: www.HudsonsFuneralHome.com. Hudson's Funeral Home 332-2221.
Published in adn.com from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2013