Mass of Christian Burial for Kelly Sowder will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2009, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church with Father Cliff Jacobson officiating.
Rite of Committal followed in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
Kelly Sowder, age 30, of Gillette, WY, died on Monday, March 2, 2009, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, WY, due to injuries received in an automobile accident.
Kelly Marie Sowder was born to Orrin and Cheryl (Limbo) Carstensen in Philip, SD, on February 24, 1979. At the age of two, her family moved to Gillette, WY. She attended Wagon Wheel Elementary, Twin Spruce Junior High and Campbell County High School.
In high school, Kelly was one of the first members to be a part of the Junior City Council. She was also a part of COE, and worked at NAPA her junior and senior years in high school. Kelly graduated from high school in 1998. She continued to work for NAPA until she began employment at Foundation Coal in 2001, driving truck and blade. Kelly joined the Gillette Jaycees, holding every local office possible and several state offices. She won many awards for her excellent leadership, speaking skills and planning successful projects. Kelly always thought of others more than herself never wanting to miss the opportunity to help others. She won local president all three trimesters and local president of the year for the State of Wyoming in 2003, and the prestigious Wyoming Pioneer in 2009. Under her leadership the Gillette Jaycees completed several community projects, such as Christmas presents and Easter baskets for children in need.
On February 28, 2004, Kelly married Frank Sowder in Las Vegas, NV. Franklin John Sowder was born on July 10, 2005. In 2005, after the birth of her oldest son, John, she transferred to the purchasing department for Foundation Coal. Nickolas Dean Sowder was born on August 1, 2007. she appreciated being home at night with her sons. Kelly was an excellent mother to her two sons, going to Johns' s school activities, taking the boys to do special things, and reading books at bedtime. Kelly enjoyed family camping and fishing trips in the Black Hills.
Kelly is survived by her husband, Frank Sowder of Gillette, WY; sons, John and Nickolas Sowder both of Gillette, WY; parents, Orrin and Cheryl Carstensen of Gillette, WY; sister, Kathy (Jason) Carson of Gillette, WY; nephews: Kyle, Kody and Keygan Carson of Gillette, WY; sister, Kerry Carstensen and long-time best friend, Heather Whitt, all of Gillette, WY; aunts and uncles,: Bill and Sheila Limbo of Sturgis, SD, Arlys and Albert Seaton of Clear Lake, IA, Charles and Ruth Carstensen of Philip, SD, and Doris and George Craft of Rapid City, SD; mother- and father in-law, Leitha and Gene Sowder of Gillette, WY; brother-in-law, David Sowder of Gillette, WY; and many cousins, several great aunts and uncles.
Memorials are suggested to benefit Kelly's children, condolences may be sent in Kelly's name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716 or via the Internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.