In the early morning hours of Thursday April 13, 2023 this world bid farewell to a rare and precious gem of a human being. Ramona Christine “Chris” Bowler passed away at IMC hospital in Murray, Utah.
Born June 12, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Wallace and Grace Bowler, Chris was the 2nd of 5 children and the only daughter. Chris most recently lived at Legacy House of South Jordan. Chris is survived by her brothers, Larry (Kathy), Kevin, David (BJ), and Mark (Penny) and many nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren. Chris was preceded in death by her parents Wallace and Grace and her sisters-in-law Pam (David’s 1st wife) and Marilu (Kevin’s wife).
Chris grew up in Sandy. Following her graduation from Jordan High School she attended LDS Business College (Now Ensign College) and graduated with a degree in bookkeeping.
Family and time spent with them was of utmost importance to Chris. When she ran out of room on her walls and refrigerator door to display family pictures her brother added a magnetic white board for the overflow. She loved to look at the pictures and said they made her feel like her family was close by.
A valiant member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chris served faithfully in many callings over the years. She loved reading, studying, and memorizing the scriptures. She recently thoroughly enjoyed watching General Conference and said she wished it was on every weekend. Chris loved her Savior.
Chris loved sports. As a young woman she especially enjoyed playing basketball and baseball. She also spent time as a referee and an umpire. Chris enjoyed long bike rides, going for walks, and taking a spin in her flower adorned VW bug. Upbeat oldies from the 60’s and 70’s put a smile on Chris’s face. In later years Chris learned how to knit, crochet, and do counted cross-stitch. Chris dearly loved books, especially her cozy mysteries.
Chris had a deep and gentle love for most living creatures (spiders not included). She loved dogs. She loved bird watching and could identify several species. For the past 3 years she was delighted to have her own finches to keep her company. She loved watching and feeding the fish at Legacy. Most of all Chris loved cats and over the years many a fortunate feline basked in the warmth of Chris’s devoted care.
To know Chris was to love her. Being around Chris with her innocent, wide-eyed curiousity, her contagious tickled-pink laugh, and her big heartfelt appreciation for the smallest of things never failed to lift people’s spirits. When you mentioned the name
‘Chris Bowler’ the most frequent response was, “Oh, I just love her!”.
Chris faced many hard challenges that come with mental and physical illness. In 2019 she suffered a stroke that took a lot from her, including her ability to live on her own. She certainly had reason to complain and could have told a lot of stories about the troubles she had seen but most often she chose to listen to other people and was concerned for their well-being. Chris was often baffled when people would point out her positive influence but then she would smile and suddenly the world looked like a better place.
Chris’s family would like to thank all of those who have provided attentive and loving care for her since her stroke, especially most recently the staff at Legacy House and the ER and ICU staff at IMC.
A viewing will be held at Lake Hills Cemetery located at 10055 South State Street in Sandy, Utah Monday April 24th from 10:00AM until 10:45AM, followed by graveside services. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your local animal shelter.Service Information
Viewing April 24, 2023 at 10:00 AM
10055 South State Street Sandy, UT
April 24, 2023 at 11:00 AM
Lake Hills cemetery