Mary Leavitt Miller

Dec. 20, 1919 – Nov. 9, 2015

Mary (Leavitt) Miller passed away peacefully on Monday, November 9, 2015. She was born to William and Clara (Kershner) Leavitt December 20, 1919 in Shell, Wyo.

Mary graduated from Greybull High School in 1939. She attended the University of Wyoming where she met Frank Miller at a barn dance. They married Sept. 27, 1940. Afterwards, they moved to Dayton, Wyo., in 1942. While Frank served in WW II, Mary lived in Shell at the family ranch. In 1945, they moved back to Dayton, where they continued ranching and raising their family. Both enjoyed the Big Horn Mountains and spent several years working for the Cattle Association on both the Dayton and Buffalo side.

Mary taught at the Ash Creek School in the 1940s. She had a private kindergarten for 13 years in the Dayton/Ranchester area. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and Dayton Benefit Club for many years. She and Frank loved to dance, play cards with friends and spending time outdoors.

Mary enjoyed gardening and painting. She also loved her small town community and Tongue River Basketball. Most of all, she loved watching her family grow and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at their school/sporting events.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years; her parents; six brothers, Orville, Brinton, Claude, Harold, Kenneth and Lloyd; and sister, Laura Comstock. She is survived by her children, Gary (Patty) Miller of Gillette and JoAnn (Allen) Taylor of Dayton; four grandchildren, Bill (Joyce) McKiney of Veteran, Tyler (Jannie) Miller of Gillette, Jason (Stephanie) Vela of Sheridan, Justine (Eric) Race of Gillette, and Landon Little Bird of South Dakota. Mary had 14 great-grandchildren: Kacie (Alan) Turbiville, Tyler (Kody) McClun, Darcy McKiney, Macradee and Mason Miller, Julian, Derek, Justin, and Brandon Vela, Christopher, Jasmine, Kaden, and Tanner Race; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

No services are planned per Mary’s wishes. Online condolences may be written at Arrangements are under the direction of Champion Funeral Home.