Jan. 4 Evelyn Beatrice
Walters, 97, of Worland
Jan. 4 Helen JoAnne Coe, 79, of Worland, in Billings, Montana
Jan. 8 Lora Marvis Hart, 77, of Riverton
Jan. 11 Mildred E. Bunnell, 99, of Worland
Jan. 11 Linda Coleman Smith, 63, of Worland
Jan. 11 Santos S. Gallegos, 92, of Worland
Jan. 10 Aaron Jon Heefte, 79, of Ten Sleep
Jan. 10 Irene Bihr Fritz, 97, of Worland
Jan. 7 Gary Sprague, 83, of Discovery Bay, California, formerly of Worland
Jan. 13 Roy L. Gotier, 87, of Worland
Jan. 11 Richard Oliver Gormley, 83, of Burlington, in Cody
Jan. 5 Darlene Elizabeth Frahm, 91, of Riverton
Jan. 10 M. Lorraine Stauffer, 91, of Cody
Jan. 19 Chester E. Phillips, 86, of Worland
Jan. 15 Virginia Fern Kinsey, 89, of Thermopolis
Jan. 11 Barbara Joyce Bartlett, 77, of Thermopolis
Jan. 6 Norman Forshee, 65, of Henderson, Arkansas
Jan. 21 Dona J. Hunter, 82, of Worland
Jan. 19 Jerald D. “Jerry” Brazelton, 69, of Worland, in Billings, Montana
Jan. 10 Greg Johnston, 65, of Owl Creek, in Grass Creek
Jan. 26 Kaye Zimmer, 74, of Thermopolis
Jan. 24 Vada E. Lungren, 87, of Worland, in Billings, Mont.
Jan. 22 Mary Mackness, 98, of Aurora, Colorado, formerly of Worland
Longtime Worland resident, Vada Ellen Lungren, 87, died at St.
Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana on Jan. 24, 2015.
Vada was born on March 21, 1927 in Hillsdale, the daughter of Eva Ellen (Sorick) and Percy Raymond Frank Spatz. She was raised in many locations in Wyoming while her father worked as a construction foreman on highway jobs. She graduated from high school in Cheyenne, then attended the University of Wyoming for one year.
She met her future husband, Leo V. Lungren, while living in Thermopolis. The couple married on Nov. 3, 1945 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, then made their home in Worland where her husband was a farmer, and later a salesman.
Vada had worked in Worland for a farm loan agency as a secretary, for the Washakie County Treasurer’s Office as a clerk, at Kelley’s Shoe Store as a saleswoman, and for J. C. Penney Co. as the manager of their catalog sales department. She also was a seamstress for many of the local clothing stores, making alterations for their customers.
She loved to sew and made lots of clothing for her family and doll clothes for all of her children’s dolls. She liked to crochet and knit, read books, do word puzzles, watch TV game shows, and to dance with her husband, especially square dancing. She also enjoyed playing bridge and duplicate bridge.
Vada was an active member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Worland Senior Citizens Center. Vada had also been a 4-H sewing leader for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leo on March 16, 2005; by her son Richard D. Lungren in 1976; and by her parents and by her brother Raymond Spatz.
Vada is survived by her daughters Connie (Richard) Hillhouse and Tana (Robert) Nelsen both of Worland, and Cheri (Doug) Pyer of New Hope, Pennsylvania; by her grandchildren Scott Hillhouse and Rich Hillhouse, Greg Alexander and Alisha Alexander, Ryan Pyer and Amy Pyer, and Troy and Terry Nelsen. She is also survived by her great grandchildren Amanda and Jordan Hillhouse, Kylah Sumida, Caiden, Kinley and Wyatt Nelsen; and by her brother-in-law Alvin Lungren of Rosamond, California; and by her sisters-in-law Pat Spatz of Lexington, Kentucky and Virginia Neddeau of Brownsville, Oregon.
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worland with Rev. Doug Fourtner officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Worland.
The casket will be open at the church on Tuesday from Noon until service time.
Memorials may be made to The Worland Senior Citizens Center at 300 South 14th Street – Worland, WY 82401
Veile Mortuary is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Gladys Mary Mackness, 98, of Aurora, Colorado died on Jan. 22, 2015
at the Kindred Nursing Home in Aurora.
Mary was born on Aug. 28, 1916 in Keyston, Huntingtonshire, England, a daughter of Ada Grace (Webb) and George John Smith. She was raised in Keyston and attended schools in Keyston. She then went to work as a maid at Kimbolton College and also as a maid for Dr. Goldsmith in Thrapston, England. She lived in Thrapston from 1938 until moving to the United State to be near her daughter, Judy Fabricius, in 1958. Her daughters Maureen and Mandy also accompanied their mother to the USA.
She lived in Ten Sleep for a couple of years, then moved to Worland where she had worked for the Humphreys family and for the VanBuskirk’s as a maid. In 1965 she moved to Aurora to be near her daughter Maureen.
While living in Aurora she had worked at Stapleton Airport and at the Fitzsimons Officers Club as a waitress.
Mary liked gardening, working crossword puzzles, listening to talk radio, and watching the squirrels play in her yard. She was fortunate to travel back to England several times, and also was able to visit Europe on those trips.
She was preceded in death by parents, by her daughter Mandy Mackness in 2002, and by her siblings Perc Smith, Bernard Smith, Mabel Allen, by her step-sister Bette Cunnington and a step-brother Eddie Furnell.
Mary is survived by her daughters Judy (Leroy) Fabricius of Worland and Maureen (Bill) Ford of Aurora; by her grandchildren Cheryl (Dale) Soderstrom and Debbie (Curtis) Salzman of Worland, and Perry (Joy) Ford of Aurora. She is also survived by her great grandchildren Andrew Salzman, Sydney Ford, Alex Ford and Catherine Ford; and by her step-sisters Jean Furnell and Daphne Murison both of England.
Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 1p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worland with Rev. Doug Fourtner officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Worland.
Memorials may be made to either the New Hope Humane Society or to Zion’s ZEST Fund.
Veile Mortuary is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Thermopolis resident Kaye (Kasey) Marian Zimmer, 74, passed away on
January 26, 2015, after fighting a valiant battle against cancer.
Kaye was born March 16, 1940, to Ethel Margaret Spicer and Kenneth Martin. In 1969, she married Ron Zimmer. Kaye raised three sons –– Dave, Steve, and Rick –– as well as her granddaughter Shawna, whom she adopted.
In 1958, Kaye graduated from Worland High School. She attended Casper College on a nursing scholarship. In 1995, Kaye graduated with High Distinction Honors from Lakewood College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, with an AAS degree in Chemical Dependency Specialist Counseling and an AA Degree in Human Services. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, a Lakewood Presidential Scholar, and an Outstanding Leadership Award Recipient. She also completed a six-month counseling internship at Hazelden Rehabilitation and Recovery Center in Center City, Minnesota.
Throughout her lifetime, Kaye held a variety of jobs, all of which continued the care-giving theme: she ran her own daycare center, started a humane society, counseled chemically-dependent addicts, and managed apartment complexes. She also dedicated her life to caring for animals: she enthusiastically rescued stray cats and dogs, fed pikas, and took her dogs swimming in the river. Kaye always passionately championed causes, which included fighting against leg-hold traps. Her greatest joy was spent talking with family members and friends, and in her final days, her greatest delight came when she received phone calls from loved ones.
Kaye loved the Big Horn Mountains, collecting antiques, and riding horses. She was incredibly proud of her sons and her grandchildren. Whether her loved ones were performing at gymnastics meets, football games, volleyball games, art galleries, or concerts, Kaye was always the most enthusiastic cheerleader.
Kaye is preceded in death by her mother Ethel, her father Kenneth, her stepfather Gerald Spicer, and her favorite aunt Hazel Bowman.
She is survived by Ron Zimmer; her children: Dave (Jenni,) Steve, Rick (Pam); and five grandchildren: Zach, Doug, Shawna, Kaylee, and Chloe. She is also survived by her siblings: Kenny (Richard) Thoen, Jerry (Cheryl) Spicer, Mike (Pam) Martin, Patty (Jim) Rasmussen, and Laurie (Don) Harvey. Kaye is also survived by numerous loved ones, including her beloved dogs, Ninja and Kiah.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kaye’s name to the Central Wyoming Hospice Program or to your local humane society.
A memorial service will take place in Thermopolis later this summer.