Daily Archives: February 9, 2012

Mable Clair Darr

July 3, 1923 – Jan. 22, 2012

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned for longtime Basin resident Mable Clair Darr. Mable, 88, died Jan. 22 in Springfield, Ohio.

She was born July 3, 1923, in Scobey, Mont., the daughter and youngest child of Martin and Alice Arveson Wang. Her mother died 10 days after Mable’s birth and when Mable was 3 months old, she was adopted by William D. and Mary Gordon Alderdice.

The family moved from Montana to Wyoming where Mable attended schools in Greybull and Basin. She graduated from Basin High School in 1941 and married Harold E. Darr on Aug. 17, 1941, in Red Lodge, Mont.

Mable worked as a bank teller for many years, but her main enjoyment and interest was making a comfortable home for her husband and children. She enjoyed sewing, handcrafts, baking and visiting with neighbors and friends. She will be remembered for her smile and the twinkle in her eyes.

A life-long Mormon, Mable also participated in activities at the United Methodist Church in Basin, where her husband was a member.

Her husband, parents and three sisters preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Richard and Lucy Darr of Yellow Springs, Ohio; two daughters, Carolyn Darr of Fort Collins, Colo. and Dr. Marilyn Darr of Vancouver, Wash.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the local Humane Society or animal care charity of your choice.

Harry R. Mills Jr.

June 15, 1946 – Jan. 31, 2012

Memorial services for Harry R. Mills Jr. of Riverton will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel in Worland. Harry, 65, died Jan. 31 at the Riverton Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 15, 1946, in Basin, the son of Harry R. Mills Sr. and Evelyn Ellison Mills. He spent his childhood in Basin.

He served four years in the United States Air Force, including 13 months in Korea.

He married Sheryl Schneider May 21, 1966, in Basin.

In 1967 the family moved to Riverton and purchased Wind River Implement. He later owned the Heath Motel (now Jack Pine). He sold the motel and purchased Piazzon’s Pizza in Worland, drove truck for Black Hills Bentonite and later worked as a chemical sales engineer for Petrolite.

The couple returned to Riverton in the mid 1990s where he managed Rushmore Homes. He became an outside sales representative for Bailey Enterprises until forced to retire due to ill health.

Mr. Mills served on the Search and Rescue of Washakie County and on the Worland City Council. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Worland.

He was of the Baptist faith.

While his family was always his first priority, Mr. Mills enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking and go-kart racing with his friends and family.

His parents, a son, Brandon Clay Mills, and his sister Janie Mills preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Sheryl Mills of Riverton; son Harry Mills III and daughter-in-law Brandy Boltz of Worland; daughter Tanya Paxton of Worland; brother and sister-in-law Tim and Anita Mills of Shell; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Harold Aagard of Worland; one brother-in-law, three sisters-in-law and eight grandchildren.

Inurnment was at Riverview Cemetery in Worland with military honors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 44 of Worland.