Katherine Bowles, beloved Summit preschool teacher, dies in Calif. | SummitDaily.com

Katherine Bowles, beloved Summit preschool teacher, dies in Calif.

Katherine Bowles, with Galen
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Katherine Bowles was born to Henry and Alma Milburn on October 28th, 1938 in Georgetown, Texas. She was the youngest of their four children.

The family moved to Denver in 1941. Kathy attended Emmaus Lutheran School until June of 1953 and was confirmed on April 6, 1952. She went to North High School and worked as a waitress in downtown Denver at the Blue Parrott and Golden Lantern restaurants.

She met Galen Bowles and the couple was married at Emmaus in 1956. They went to Glenwood Springs for their honeymoon and settled in Keenesburg, Colo. where Galen was a teacher and coach at the high school.

On March 4, 1957 their first child, Lisa, was born. On Oct. 7, 1958 their first son, Brett was born and then a remarkable event on March 11 and 12, 1960, twins Burt and Brad were born. Laura was born on October 23, 1964 making the family complete.

In 1964 the Bowles family moved to Rocky Ford, Colo., where Galen was a teacher and coach and Kathy was a homemaker and first began child day care.

In 1968 the family moved to Yuma, Colo., where their life revolved around school, sports and church events and day care. In 1977, Kathy’s long time dream of living in the mountains came true when the family moved to Dillon. Kathy quickly became known as a popular day care provider for Summit County. During the 32 years Kathy and Galen spent in Dillon there were weddings, births of grandchildren, and many holiday celebrations with friends and family. Kathy created many friendships, mostly from her day care business in Dillon Valley, and the Lutheran Church during her years in Summit County.

Kathy and Galen retired and moved from Dillon to San Juan Capistrano California in February of 2008. She loved the ocean and beautiful foliage of California and looked forward to each visit from her children from Colorado.

Kathy will be remembered for her devotion to Galen, her husband of 53 years, and to her children, and grandchildren. Many Summit County residents will remember the positive influence she had on the lives of the hundreds of Summit County children that passed through her day care. As her son Brett, who resides in Silverthorne, said it best: “She got her wish … she passed peacefully in her sleep. Jesus came for her on Saturday morning, February 20. Heaven now has a new Angel.”


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