Monthly Archives: August 2012

‘Farmer’ John Laws

April 28, 1951 – July 23, 2012
Funeral services for “Farmer” John Laws will be held Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Cody. “Farmer,” 61, died July 23 at his home in Greybull.
He was born April 28, 1951 in Seaham, County Durham, England, the son of William and Jane Laws. He came to the United States approximately 30 year ago.
Farmer worked at General Chemical in Green River until his retirement. Five years ago he moved to Greybull, where he owned the Branding Iron bar.
His interests included fixing things, gardening and farming. He loved being outdoors.
His parents and his first wife, Gail Gamble, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife Gloria Jean Laws of Greybull; his siblings, Bill and Dorothy Laws, Arthur and Julia Laws, Frank and Jenny Bower and Tom and Sarah Laws, all living in England and Anthony and Janette Meese and Gwen and Don Miller of Green River, and a nephew, William Meese.

Cynthia Diane Davis Christensen

Jan. 1, 1956 – July 22, 2012
Memorial services for Cynthia Diane Davis Christensen were held July 28 at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull. Cindy, 56, died July 22 at her home in Belgrade, Mont.
She was born Jan. 1, 1956, in Basin, the daughter of G.W. “Bill” and Shirley Unterzuber Davis. She received her schooling in Basin and graduated from Basin High School in 1974. While living in the Big Horn Basin, Cindy worked as a lifeguard, for Wheeler’s Market, Big B, Children’s Cottage in Thermopolis and the Lander Training School.
Cindy married Ronald Christensen May 28, 1977, and they moved to Plentywood, Mont. Cindy had many friends in Plentywood and worked at the Sheridan County courthouse. The Christensens later moved to the Bozeman/Belgrade area where Cindy worked at many jobs until forced to retire due to ill health.
Despite personal challenges, Cindy was always concerned for others. She believed that there were no strangers, only friends she hadn’t met. She was known by her family and friends for never missing sending a card or making a phone call on special occasions or holidays.
She was not afraid to die; she knew where she was going.
Her father G.W. “Bill” Davis on Feb. 24, 2011, her son Scott on April 8, 1992, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chester and Annie Christensen, and her grandparents preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Ron, and son Michael, both of Belgrade; daughter-in-law Kelly of Glendive, Mont.; daughter and son-in-law, Shari and Steve Droll in Minnesota; her mother Shirley Davis of Basin; sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Ron Robbins of Douglas; brothers and sisters-in-law, Terry and Suzy Davis, Jerry and Pauline Davis and Tom and Sherry Davis, all of Boise, Idaho, and five grandchildren.

Lavonne Jones Allen

April 30, 1940 – July 24, 2012
Funeral services for Lavonne Jones Allen were held July 30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between Basin and Greybull. Lavonne, 72, died July 24 in Basin.
Lavonne was born April 30, 1940, in Lovell, the daughter of Rulon Dalley and Mildred Sanders Jones. She grew up in the Big Horn Basin and attended school in Burlington and Greybull.
She married Alfred Leslie Allen Aug. 22, 1969, in Evanston. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Lavonne enjoyed camping and doing genealogy. Her family meant the world to her and she loved spending time with them.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rulon and Mildred Jones, her husband Alfred Leslie Allen on Sept. 18, 1990, three brothers, one sister, one son and a grandson.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Brad Allen of Lyman and Troy and Keisha Allen of Rapid City, S.D.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Rob and Joan Allen Cooper of California City, Calif., Floyd and Cindy Allen Wixom of Hayden, Colo., and Mike and Timi Allen Fronaphel of Lingle; three sisters, Irene Johnson of Richmond, Utah, Ruth Ledford of Greybull and Joy Shaw of Denver, 24 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Burial was in the Otto Cemetery.

Martha Mercer

Jan. 8, 1918 – July 28, 2012
Funeral services for Martha Mercer will be held Friday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at Atwood Family Chapel in Basin. Martha, 94, died July 28 at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Worland.
She was born Jan. 8, 1918, at the Ziesman ranch south of Hyattville, the daughter of Reynold and Martha Kosanke Ziesman. She attended school in Hyattville and Worland and graduated from Worland High School in 1937.
She married Chester Mercer Jan. 1, 1938, and made her home on the Mercer family ranch near Hyattville where she dedicated her life to family and the ranching business. She lived at the ranch until June 2012.
Her mother died when Martha was 11 years old and she became the family caretaker, a role she continued to hold for the rest of her life.
She enjoyed the outdoors, going fishing with Chet and her family, sewing, carpentry, crafts and gardening.
Her husband, Chester Mercer, in 2008; five sisters, Esther Rea, Agnes Allen, Alice Bunnell, Rouene Hanlon and Gretchen Ziesman, and three brothers, Paul, Fred and Reynold Ziesman, preceded her in death.
She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Carolyn Kelsey of Loganville, Wis., and Brad and Shirley Brown of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Ziesman of Lewistown, Mont., one grandson and a great-granddaughter.
Memorial donations to benefit the Hyattville Community Center can be sent to Security State Bank, Box 531, Basin, WY 82410, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.