Chantel Angelina Bowen-Sanchez, of Lander, died in her home on February 23, 2013. She was born on February 24, 1972 in Ruidoso, New Mexico, to George Phelps Bowen and Vivian Elaine Shows. On July 18, 2009 she married Michael John Sanchez at the Louis Lake Lodge near Lander.
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Chantel was the Race Director for the Arctic Bicycle Club during the early 1990's in Anchorage, Alaska. She successfully completed the Ironman Triathlon at Panama Beach, Florida 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 NM. I went on to play volley ball and run track at the University of Redlands in CA where I received my undergraduate degree. I then entered the Sports Medicine & Kinesiology graduate program at Humboldt State University in CA which led to my Certification as an Athletic Trainer. While at HSU I worked with various sports teams including football, softball & rugby. I worked in the fitness industry for several years as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, cardio coordinator & 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, Christopher Bowen; sister, Olivia Bowen; step-parents, Barbara Bowen, Sam Williams; uncles, Leonard Shows, Kenneth Shows, Randy Bowen, Terry Bowen, Dwight Bowen, Brent Bowen; nephews, Noah Lowham, Eli Lowham, Gabriel Lowham, Dominic Lowham, Gavin Bowen, Tanner Bowen, Mikel Niedergerke, and Johan Niedergerke.
Visitation will be from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Thursday, February 28, 2013 in the Chapel of Mount Hope, Hudson's Funeral Home.
The Family will be conducting a Memorial Service at 10:30 am, on Friday, March 1, 2013 in the Trinity Episcopal Church, Lander.
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 332-2221.
Published in Ruidoso News from Mar. 1 to Mar. 22, 2013