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Emeli Laux Bowers

December 5, 1978 — June 27, 2023




Emeli Laux (Irwin) Bowers, age 44, passed away on June 27, 2023 after a courageous fight against NSCLC (non-smoking lung cancer) in Littleton, CO. Emeli was born to Suzanne and Michael Irwin on December 5, 1978 in Indianapolis, IN. And was married to her soulmate of 16 years, Matthew Bowers. Proud mother of Lily, 13, and Willam, 11, Bowers. Sister to and best-friend Stephanie (Irwin) Quinto.


As a child, Emeli grew up in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood and loved going to the Riviera club in the summers to swim and play tennis. She attended Meridian Street Methodist Church and attended their amazing Youth Group. Later, the family moved to Washington Township, where she attended Spring Mill Elementary School and her family moved to Pike Township (Red Devils!) and she attended Guion Middle School where she cheered, played tennis, played cello in orchestra and was part of swim team, she continued to Pike High School and continued swim team and cello. Emeli Graduated from Pike High School in 1997 with life long friends that she still actively saw preceding her passing. Additionally, she spent her summers on the swim team and played tennis at Country Club of Indianapolis.


Later, Emeli attended Indiana University Bloomington where she received a BS from the Kelley School of Business in both Computer Information Systems and International Business. She was also involved in the Delta Zeta sorority which was an amazing experience (and a lot of fun!) while at IU. Growing up in Indianapolis she loved the Indianapolis 500 and had the privilege to represent the Indianapolis 500 Festival as a princess in 1999.


Shortly after graduation she moved to Chicago to start her career in Digital Customer-facing technology. After a number of years she met her husband Matt Bowers through her DePauw University roommate who introduced the couple at a Monon Bell Telecast party. The couple moved to Las Vegas, NV and Emeli started with Caesars Entertainment and resided in Henderson, NV for 5 years. The couple continued to move as jobs necessitated, first to Memphis TN, next to Carmel, IN and finally Colorado. She and her family fell in love with the foothills and community of Ken Caryl Valley where they made the dearest of friends. She remained with Caesars for 14 years and eventually became the VP of Mobile and Digital Innovation Products team. She treasured her time at Caesars especially working with all of her hardworking, brilliant, and humorous team members. Many she kept it touch with up to the time of her passing.


Besides traveling and going on adventures with her family, Emeli loved to spend time with her friends and family outdoors. Skiing, camping, running, hiking (an occasional 14'er), and listening to live music were among her favorite activities. And that definitely included "apres'ing: after those activities with friends and neighbors. Emeli would like the whole Alterra and IKON team to know how deeply she appreciated their teams as they supported her husbands journey with his wife during her time of need.


The Bowers family would like to acknowledge and empathically thank her exceptional care team at University of Colorado Hospital Cancer Center including Dr. Ross Camidge, Dr. Tom Purcell, Support Staff of the Cancer Center (CH, CR) Clinical Cancer Care Center and the Clinical Studies Pharmacy team (MM, AB) and ER at both HRH & Anshutz. And a heart-felt thanks her non-medicinal care from Summit Acupuncture (KC) & Luong Healing (AL).


She is preceded in death by her Grandparents H.Willam and Sally Irwin, Phyllis & Calvin Peyrot. She is survived by her parents, Michael and Suzanne (Peyrot) Irwin, husband Matthew and children Lily & Willam and Sister Stephanie and family; Jeffrey, Nick and Lauren.


A celebration of her life and celebration will occur in both Ken Caryl, Co and Indianapolis, IN. Emeli will be put to rest privately in her families most treasured place, Pentwater, MI and in the mountains of CO.


In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the American Lung Association and especially please send a note, picture or memory of Emeli so her family can continue to enjoy her life and legacy. Email:


She hopes her legacy will bring a smile and happiness to all because she felt like she had the best life possible due to the people in her life & God. So, share her happiness when you think of her because anyone that knew her made her so lucky and blessed. Pass on the happiness, it's Free and will make the World a better place.

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