Norma Bowles, 45, dies in Silverthorne home |

Norma Bowles, 45, dies in Silverthorne home

Jane Reuter

SILVERTHORNE – Norma Bowles, a 10-year Summit County paramedic, died Saturday in her Silverthorne home.

Bowles, 45, died of cancer, according to an autopsy conducted Monday.

Bowles’ roommate, Summit County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Hanavan, called Silverthorne police at 10 a.m. after he found her unconscious and not breathing in the bedroom of her Willowbrook home. Hanavan gave Bowles CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Bowles was pronounced dead at Summit Medical Center.

A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Abundant Life Church, 400 Palmers Drive, in Silverthorne. Viewing will be at 10 a.m. Prior to the memorial service, there will be an EMS procession.

A Summit County resident for almost 24 years, Bowles and her husband, Andrew, moved to Silverthorne in 1978. They owned and operated a window cleaning and parking lot sweeping businesses. The couple divorced in 1994.

Bowles worked as a paramedic for Summit County Ambulance from 1990 until early this year.

Bowles’ co-workers have high praise for her.

“She was one of the really historical and influential figures in the ambulance service,” said Sean Caffery, Summit County ambulance director. “I think everyone remembers most of all her true commitment to good EMS (emergency services) clinical care, her passion. Norma was one of those responsible for bringing the ambulance service to where it is today. She will be sorely missed by all of us over here at the ambulance.”

Coroner Dave Joslin is also an emergency medical technician who remembers Bowles’ helping him through a difficult class.

“I needed to get IV-certified because the whole ambulance (staff) was going to that,” he said. “I’ve always hated needles. She took me under her wing. Without Norma, I don’t think I could have done it.”

In February, Bowles took a long-term disability leave from the ambulance service.

She 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 fund has been set up at First Bank in Silverthorne.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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