Long-time county resident Bowles dies of cancer at 45
SILVERTHORNE – Summit County resident Norma Lynn Bowles, 45, died in her sleep Saturday, April 6.
Norma lived in Summit County for almost 24 years, and during that time she touched innumerable lives.
She was born June 18, 1956, in St. Louis to Marion Franklin Wyatt and Frances Maxine (Biggs) Wyatt, and lived her childhood in St. Louis and rural Missouri. Graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1974, she attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, Calif. from 1974 to 1976.
She married Andrew Bowles in August 1976. The young family moved to Silverthorne in 1978 where they owned and operated window cleaning and parking lot sweeping businesses. Andrew and Norma divorced in 1994.
Norma will be remembered best for her work with the Emergency Medical Services. She received her EMT Basic Training in 1984, and then went on to be an EMT instructor, Red Cross instructor, volunteer firefighter and paramedic. She worked for the Summit County Ambulance Service first as a volunteer, then as an employee and mentor from 1985 until her death. Norma also was a member of the board of directors for Gilpin County Ambulance Service.
Family members describe her as a strong and courageous woman, who lived her life doing what she loved – helping others in their time of need. She was a positive and gregarious person who wore a smile in the face of all life’s trials, including the protracted illness that took her, they said.
Norma is survived by her friend and companion Ronald Hanavan, children Heather and Matthew, ex-husband Andrew, parents Marion and Frances Wyatt, brothers Cecil and Mark Wyatt, sister Jean Howdeshell, four nieces and a nephew.
A memorial service will be held at Abundant life Church in Silverthorne on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. Viewing will be at 10 a,m. Prior to the memorial service, there will be an EMS procession. Her remains are to be transported to San Angelo, Texas for funeral and burial with her mother’s relatives.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Norma Bowles Memorial Fund at FirstBank.
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