Misti Jo Love

May 20, 1975May 25, 2018
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Misti Jo Love, age 43, of San Antonio passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018. She was born on May 20, 1975 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to the late Gordon Howard and Karen Rae (Shurtliff) Love. At the age of two, her family moved to Utah; she graduated from Taylorsville High School. She was a competitive ballet dancer and cheerleader, having earned numerous accolades and a scholarship for her achievements.

She married Brett Sowell in 1994 in Salt Lake City; together, they would raise 5 children throughout their many domestic and international Air Force assignments.

She was a dedicated military wife, loving mother, daughter, sister, and loyal friend to all. She was known for her dedication and determination, she reached every goal she ever set; most recently achieving ‘pro-status’ as a body building figure competitor. Her larger than life personality, as the ‘life of the party,’ always left a memorable impression on everyone she met.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and aunts, Bonnie Thompson and Kris Jensen.

She is survived by her children that meant everything to her, Brett ‘Taylor,’ Dylan, Hailey, Brady and Gavyn; and their father, Brett Sowell, all of San Antonio; siblings, Tracey (Bryan) Menzel, of Salt Lake City, Kip (Kathy) Love, of Salt Lake City, Kelly (Wendy) Love, of Salt Lake City; uncles, Chuck Shurtliff and Kim Shurtliff; aunt, Pam Shurtliff, all of Salt Lake City; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and many close friends she considered family.

Family is receiving friends on Thursday, May 31st from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will commence at 7:00 pm with David M. Keller officiating at Sunset North Funeral Home, 910 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas 78232.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests donations made in her memory to The Alzheimer's Association (


  • Family receiving friends with Catered Reception Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Family receiving friends Monday, June 4, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, June 4, 2018

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Elizabeth Frost

July 1, 2018

Our family was very sad to hear about Misti's passing. We knew her when she was in Tokyo. She was always so kind and sweet and always shared her great love for her children. She always referred to them as her "babies" and she truly adored them. Our children remember her doing Zumba lessons for the youth at church. She was a great primary teacher and the kids really loved her. She was a friend to everyone that knew her and she was welcoming to everyone. God bless her loved ones. Our prayers go out to you. Love the Frost Family.

Jennifer Nelson

June 9, 2018

Misti, I'll never forget you confiding in me your desire to try body building. You were so scared to try! Such a huge step! After much consideration, you had finally decided to do just ONE show. I'm sorry, but can we just take a sec to laugh about that? ....... one show. Then you were going to stop. HA! I loved cheering you on. You were brave, fearless, loved everyone with your whole soul. I remember your mother when she came to live with you. You were so good to her. I'm glad she gets to see you again, but my heart hurts for your kids. I'm sad we lost touch. Your smile and personality were infectious. I'll miss checking in on you for the inspirational pep talks. God bless your family in this time of deepest sorrow.

Becky Smith

June 8, 2018

I don’t know if there are the right words but I wanted to share something.. I have Known Misti for a long time. She grew up in Taylorsville area and went to school with my brother. I knew Misti through her Mom. When Misti Mom Passed away it was Hard on Me she was one of my Best friends. I remember when I went to her grave site and I went over to Misti. She gave me a really Big hug and we both shed some tears together.. it was You Misti that Comforted me. I only wish I would of told you that. This past two weeks every time I go to my Gym our do a work out. I think of you. Thank you for your Inspiration and Telling us that we can do Anything and Not to give up... I thank you Misti Jo for being my friend and only a few would understand this next word. But also “ Thank You” for being one of my Pissants to.. u will always be in my heart and forever friend. Your family has been in my Prayers... Thank You again Misti Jo...

Becky Smith

Jennifer Kowalczyk

May 31, 2018

May you continue dance with the angels... you are so loved and incredible missed ❤️

Amy Gladden

May 31, 2018

You were always such a spitfire and you never did anything halfway. When we met 19 years ago Germany your idea of a vegetable was the corn in a bag of Doritos. By the time we got to Scott you were training and when we’d go to lunch all you ate was chicken and broccoli. We used to go shopping and you’d take me along as the voice of reason and then you’d just do what you wanted anyway, and you could charm anyone into anything, whether it was getting coke glasses from the waiters or passport stamps at borders that didn’t even stamp passports. Thanks to you I have a passport full of stamps. My favorite though was when we were trying to find kittens for our kids and the Germans wouldn’t let Americans adopt pets from their shelter, but somehow you sweet talked them into letting you take not one, but two kittens home and you showed up at my door with one of them. I was on Facebook last week and realized I hadn’t changed this profile picture since I visited you in Japan and I considered changing it. Then I got the news and I’m so glad I didn’t. I will miss you - you’ll always be my adopted little sister. I still can’t believe you’re gone. Until we meet again. My heart is breaking for your babies.

Kelly Love

May 30, 2018

Yesterday I reached in the fridge, moved the Tofu out of the way to get water for my protein shake with a frozen banana,,,What the heck??? several years ago I would reach in the fridge, move my 12 pack of shastas to get the whole milk to pour on my cereal with a tablespoon of sugar. Thanks to you, many people have changed their lifestyles.
I loved our travels with you and your family, (Germany, Japan, Illinois) The memories will always be with us!
You were fun to tease when you were little, I wouldn't dare tease you these days as you would throw me over your shoulders and toss me aside. You have accomplisehed so much in just 43 years, I am sooo proud of you. You have touched so many lives in your short stay here on earth, more than many that live to be 100.
As wendy mentioned I too thank you for running the notes across the street to see if she liked me.
Looking at all the pictures others have posted, although short, what a great life!
Hey, find some good fishing spots, nothing under 5lbs. we'll hit the lakes and rivers when I see you again.
I will miss you BABY J!
'til we meet again!!!

Wendy & Kelly Love

May 30, 2018

Misti Jo we still can’t believe you are gone. You have left a void in our hearts that will never heal. Thank you for your love, your kindness and special talks. I will miss them terribly. Thank you for sending notes to me from your brother all those years ago! Thank you for being the best sister and aunt to our boys. We will love you forever. Our vacations together will always be fond memories. Rest In Peace and say hi to mom and dad . You will forever be in our hearts . Love you miss you .

Mariah Jo Love Hines

May 30, 2018

As a young girl I remember everyone telling me I got my beautiful blonde curly hair from my Aunt Misti. You were our youngest aunt so you were always so cool and we loved when you visited. We will all miss your lively and beautiful sorority but I know that your missed your parents so much and they are happy to have you in heaven with them.

Ana Hayes

May 28, 2018

Such a wonderful human being, always smiling always supportive, always talking about the loves of her life: her children. Will be missed very much, already is !