Chantel Angelina Bowen-Sanchez, 40, of Lander, Wyo., died in her Lander home Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. She was born on Feb. 24, 1972 in Ruidoso, N.M., to George Phelps Bowen and Vivian Elaine Shows. On July 18, 2009 she married Michael John Sanchez at the Louis Lake Lodge near Lander, Wyo.
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Chantel was the Race Director for the Arctic Bicycle Club during the early 1990's in Anchorage. She successfully completed the Ironman Triathlon at Panama Beach, Fla., in 2007. She was passionate about fitness, health, wellness and teaching others. She was integral in founding the Lander Spirit Triathlon in 2011. She wrote her life summary as follows: "Welcome to High Mountain Fitness, Physical Therapy & Pilates LLC. My path to owning a fitness center began with my participation in sports at Ruidoso High School in New Mexico. I went on to play volleyball and run track at the University of Redlands in California where I received my undergraduate degree. I then entered the Sports Medicine and Kinesiology graduate program at Humboldt State University in California, which led to my Certification as an Athletic Trainer. While at HSU I worked with various sports teams including football, softball and rugby. I worked in the fitness industry for several years as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, cardio coordinator and office manager. I then decided to pursue my Masters in Physical Therapy. I moved to Lander in 2005 after completing my Physical Therapy degree at UNM in Albuquerque. I have been practicing PT in Fremont County since I moved here. I am a Level 2 YogaFit instructor and a Level 4 Core Dynamics Pilates instructor. I am trained in John Barnes MFR techniques. I am excited to offer all of the skills I have learned over the years under one roof! I am passionate about teaching and facilitating health and wellness to as many people as possible!"
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, George F. Bowen, Willie Mae Bowen, Doris Schaeper and Lawrence Shows.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Sanchez; brothers, Bart Bowen, Scott Martens and Christopher Bowen; sister, Olivia Bowen; step-parents, Barbara Bowen and Sam Williams; uncles, Leonard Shows, Kenneth Shows, Randy Bowen, Terry Bowen, Dwight Bowen and Brent Bowen; nephews, Noah Lowham, Eli Lowham, Gabriel Lowham, Dominic Lowham, Gavin Bowen, Tanner Bowen, Mikel Niedergerke and Johan Niedergerke.
Visitation will be from 5–8 p..m., Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Chapel of Mount Hope, Hudson's Funeral Home.
The Family will be conducting a Memorial Service at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 1 in the Trinity Episcopal Church, Lander, Wyo.
Memorial 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, PO Box 1131, Lander, WY 82520.
On-line guest book: www.HudsonsFuneralHome.com. Hudson's Funeral Home: 307-332-2221.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Mar. 3, 2013