Obituary: Kathleen Liana Bowles May 17, 1988 – Nov. 22, 2021

KATHLEEN LIANA BOWLES May 17, 1988 – Nov. 22, 2021

Kathleen (Katie) Liana Bowles passed away at the age of 33. Katie was an only child and is survived by her father Thomas and mother Jeanne Bowles.

Katie was born and raised in Los Alamos and lived in Rio Rancho at the time of her death. Family was very important to Katie and when she was 12, we went to a family reunion in Maryland at which she said, “You mean I am related to all 92 people here?” We answered yes, and Katie stayed in close touch with many of her cousins who we would regularly visit in California, Maryland, and Florida.

Katie loved to travel and accompanied her parents on trips around the world from the time she was a baby. In Rome our waiter said ‘Que bella bambina!’ (What a beautiful baby!) and carried her around to show her to all the tables. In her short life Katie traveled to more than two dozen U.S. states and a dozen countries.

Katie was extremely smart and an avid reader. Katie excelled scholastically in school but suffered from severe migraine headaches. She had difficulty fitting in at school and we sent her to Montana Academy (a year-round live-in mid-high school in Kalispell, Montana) where she got wonderful schooling at a place that also made the kids work hard on chores and improving their social skills. She was there for three years and acquired several lifetime friends along with her love of the outdoors and horseback riding.

As a child Katie was interested in criminology and wanted to be an FBI investigator. She joined the Los Alamos Explorers as a teenager and participated in the police program that schooled the kids on a range of police activities. While attending college at UNM she suffered back injuries in an auto accident and was on pain medications that made it hard to concentrate. She took a pause from school and worked at a casino to get law enforcement experience that is required for an FBI agent. While working at the casino she was exposed to several viruses while breaking up a bloody knife fight. The viruses caused such serious problems that Katie collapsed at home and paramedics had to rush her to the hospital. As a result of the viruses, Katie ended up on medical disability for the last seven years of her life.

When it became clear her medical problems would be lifelong, Katie focused on her medical problems and read medical journals when her pain level was too high to sleep. She was fortunate to have several superb doctors treating her and she became so competent in medical issues that her doctors treated her as a colleague and would call her Doctor Katie. It was Katie’s hope to become a doctor who could treat patients who have complicated health problems. Unfortunately, that was not to be as her health problems caught up with her and she died from them.

To sum it up, Katie was honest, good-hearted, kind, generous, and faced her medical adversities bravely and with hope, and will be missed greatly.

Fr. John Daniel will offer a funeral Mass with Fr. John Carney concelebrating at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 1:00 pm followed by a reception at Fuller Lodge from 2:30-5:00 pm (The date is close to Katie’s birthdate of May 17). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church or a charity of your choice.

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