Monthly Archives: November 2012

Myra Leon Johnson Morris

Dec. 6, 1920 – Nov. 8, 2012

Funeral services for Myra Leon Johnson Morris will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Powell. Myra, 91, died Nov. 8 at the Powell Valley Long Term Care Center.

She was born Dec. 6, 1920, in Burlington, the fifth of 11 children born to Levi and Olive Dustin Johnson.  Her siblings were Levi Merle, Iva Jane, Erma Olive, Leonard Dewey, George Walter, Ruth Marie, Carl Elbert, Chauncey Dustin, Laura Gertrude and Bernard Russell.

She was raised and educated in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School. She graduated from beauty school in Ogden, Utah.

She married Leslie A. Morris on Dec. 15, 1940, in Burlington. Over the years the family resided in the Manderson, Worland, Shell, Greybull and Cody areas.

Five children were born to Leslie and Myra: Buerma Lee Morris Edwards Lynam, Robert Leslie Morris (Lana), Carl Dean Morris (Sheryl), Kenneth Leon Morris and Leroy Dustin Morris (Sheri). Myra had 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Burlington Cemetery.

Donna Mae Ziemke Greene

Nov. 8, 1934 – Nov. 6, 2012

Graveside services for Donna Mae Ziemke Greene were held Nov. 9 at the Whaley Cemetery in Shell. Donna, 77, died Nov. 6 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.

She was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Tracy, Minn., the daughter of Ernest Richard and Winnie Manila Olson Ziemke.

Donna married George F. Greene June 25, 1951.  She spent most of her life in Greybull where she worked at Coast to Coast, wrote the Shell News and authored a cookbook. She was employed by the State of Wyoming as a driver’s license examiner for 15 years.

Donna enjoyed baking, entertaining and the companionship of others. She will be remembered for her unconditional love.

Her parents, Ernest in 1963 and Winnie in 1980, granddaughter Tereasa in 1978, her sister Elaine Andrews and her brothers-in-law Lee Andrews and Floyd Farr, preceded Donna in death.

She is survived by her husband George F. Greene of Shell; three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Cheryl of Shell, Steve and Shirley of Billings, Mont., and James and De Anna of Cheyenne; two sisters, June Farr of Glasgow, Mont., and Dorothy Joosten of Balaton, Minn.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Iris Grace Holloway

June 5, 2012 – Nov. 7, 2012

With grieving hearts we announce the death of baby Iris Grace Holloway. She was born June 5, 2012, in Laramie, to wonderful parents, Katrin and Joseph Holloway and proud brother Wyatt William Holloway.

Her time with us was too brief; every moment with her was a moment of joy. She left us on Nov. 7, 2012, but will live on forever in our hearts.

Iris was a beautiful baby with a strong spirit and a smile that brightened our whole world. We feel so fortunate to have had her in our lives and to know she now watches from above at peace among the stars.

Iris is survived by her parents and brother of Laramie; grandparents Joe and Janice Holloway of Basin and Gerald and Annette McDonnel of Lander; great-grandparents Myron and Florene Gassman of Howard, S.D., and many aunts and uncles.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home in Riverton with the Fr. Demetrio Penascozo as celebrant with burial services following at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander. A visitation was held from 12:30 p.m. to service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Iris Grace Holloway Memorial Fund at the Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union in Lander.

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Sixth graders enjoy perfect week

by nathan oster

Greybull Middle School teams were busy last week, with games against Cody, Worland and Rocky Mountain.

Two wins in three starts pushed the seventh graders’ overall record to 5-2.

The week began with a 35-11 loss to Cody.  According to Coach Ken Jensen, Cody’s perimeter players forced Greybull into 38 turnovers, which spelled defeat for the young Buffs.

The Buffs rebounded nicely Thursday against Worland, shooting a torrid 63 percent from the field.  Miguel Gomez and Max Mills each pumped in 18 points as Greybull rolled to the 41-28 triumph.

Jensen said the 63-percent figure was more an indicator of “the shots we took” than “our shooting abilities,” adding, “We ran the offense better than we have all season, which resulted in getting lay-ups instead of 10-foot shots.”

Greybull’s third and final game of the week went right down the wire.  The seventh graders led Rocky Mountain by as many as 12 before the young Grizzlies rallied to cut the margin to two with less than a minute to play. A Gomez layup with 30 seconds to play, however, preserved the 36-32 win for Greybull.  Jose Araiza was credited with an assist on the play.

Gomez led the scoring with 16, followed by Mills with nine, Eduardo Burgos six, Morgan Dowling three and Araiza two.


Sixth grade

The sixth graders enjoyed a perfect week, beating Cody 29-13, Worland 32-7 and Rocky Mountain 34-9.  Their overall record stands at 6-1

The win over Cody was much easier than the first go-round, which was won by Cody.  In the rematch, Greybull built a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back, eventually winning by 16.

Ralph Petty led with 10 points, followed by Braeden Tracy with nine, Brock Hill six, Gerardo Corral and Jaden Bilbrey, two apiece.

Six of the seven players who saw action against Worland scored. It was no contest from the opening tip, as GMS built a 12-0 lead after one and never let the young Warriors off the deck, eventually winning by 25.

Saturday’s game against Rocky Mountain followed the same script, as five of the six Buffs who saw action scored points.  Brock Hill led with 11, followed by Ralph Petty with nine, Tracy eight, Abraham Mendez four and Corral two.

Dean Carroll

Sept. 27, 1946 – Oct. 29, 2012

Memorial services for Dean Carroll of Cowley were held Nov. 2 at the Lovell Bible Church. Dean, 66, died Oct. 29 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dean was born Sept. 27, 1946, in Huron, S.D., the son of Grace and Henry Carroll. He grew up and received his education in DeSmet and graduated from DeSmet High School.

He joined the United States Army in 1966 and served in Germany. He was discharged in 1968. In 1978 he moved to Wyoming.

Dean was very involved in the 4-H program in Big Horn County as a leader and as superintendent of the horse show. He volunteered countless hours to help the youth of the county. He was always there to lend a helping hand and wanted all the children to be successful.

His passions included his family, 4-H, horses, being outside, and tinkering on his many projects. He lived life to the fullest; he worked to live instead of living to work. He never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Grace Carroll and his brother Philip Carroll.

He is survived by his wife, LaVonne, of Cowley; two daughters, Lisa Carroll of Powell and Kola Hein of Cowley; two sons, Michael Carroll of Huron, S.D. and Randy Hein of Deaver; two sisters, Pat Tyrrell of DeSmet and Joyce Kadlec of Pipestone, Minn.; brother, Tom Carroll of Monett, Mo.; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial fund has been established at First Bank of Wyoming in Lovell. Funds will be used to help 4-Hers in Big Horn County.

Joanne Joyce Cowan

Aug. 10, 1935 – Nov. 2, 2012

Longtime Basin, Wyoming resident Joanne Joyce Cowan, age 77, passed away at her home in Basin surrounded by her loving family on Friday, November 2, 2012.

Joanne Joyce Cowan was born Aug. 10, 1935, in Hay Springs, Neb., the daughter of Arthur Henry and Ethel Mae Nicholson Schildhauer. Joanne moved with her family to Greybull as a young girl and graduated from Greybull High School in 1953.

She met and married the love of her life, William “Bill” H. Cowan, on August 1, 1954, at Greybull. To this union were born five children, Roger, Steve, Linda, Les and Mike.

Joanne was a hard worker all of her life and worked at the movie theatre in Greybull, Harry’s Drive-in in Greybull and the Greybull bank. She took the first EMT class in the Big Horn Basin, sold real estate, B-J Realty, since 1972, was a Big Horn Deputy County Coroner since 1990 and was bookkeeper for many years for Cowan’s Radio Service.

Joanne loved her family, enjoyed family gatherings, and loved spoiling her grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, bird and squirrel watching, sewing, especially sewing wedding dresses and quilts, collecting clowns, decorating her Christmas tree, painting, bowling, motorcycling and raising Boston terriers for years.

Joanne was a 50-year member of OES Lewisia Chapter 16, as well as being past matron. She was also a member of the Wyoming Stork’s Club.

Joanne is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill and three brothers.

Joanne is survived by her children, Roger (Julie) of Missoula, Mont., Steve (Brenda) of Gillette, Wyo., Linda (Rick) Himmelspach of Billings, Mont.  Les (Saygi) of Moline, Ill., and Mike (Kimberly) of Basin; eight grandchildren, Josh Cowan and Caleb Cowan both of Gillette, Allyson Cowan of Missoula, Mont., Cassandra Cowan of Basin, Kelsey Cowan of Missoula, Amanda Cowan of Basin, Travis Himmelspach of Billings, and Natalie Cowan of Moline, Ill.; her sisters, Evelyn Uber of Haxtun, Colo., Ila Birrell of Salt Lake City, Arlene Blakesley of Worland, Wyo., and Lois Emmett of Basin and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Basin on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with Pastor Kent Dempsey as officiant. Burial followed at Mount View Cemetery in Basin. A reception for family and friends was held at the First Baptist Church gymnasium immediately following the burial.

Memorials will be received in Joanne’s name at the Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, WY 82419-0531 and will go to an EMT fund.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.

(Paid obituary)

Sally Good

Aug. 25, 1926 – Nov. 1, 2012

Funeral services for Sally Good were held Nov. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Basin. Sally, 86, died Nov. 1 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.

Sally was born Aug. 25, 1926, in Osaka, Japan, the daughter of Ktchisablow and Sane Asano. She grew up in Osaka where she graduated from high school. She then attended a Business Technical School in Osaka.

Sally married Thomas Leo Good on Oct. 11, 1951, at the American Embassy in Kobe, Japan. Sally and Thomas moved to a ranch on Beaver Creek in 1953. The move was a huge “culture shock” to Sally but she was grateful to her husband‘s family who took her under their wings and taught her about rural American culture.

She was an immaculate homemaker, great cook, an exceptional seamstress, making clothes and afghans; enjoyed gardening and enjoyed painting with watercolors and oils; she won many awards at the county fair. But above all else, Sally loved her family. She was devoted to her children and was active in their lives.

Sally attended the First Baptist Church in Greybull for many years, and currently attended the First Baptist Church in Basin. She was active at the South Big Horn Senior Center in Greybull.

Her parents and her husband Thomas Leo Good preceded Sally in death.

She is survived by her two sons, Don L. Good of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Jim H. Good of Denver; her daughter and son-in-law, Bruce and Mary J. Waldo of Tualatin, Ore.; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Burial was in the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull.

Memorials in Sally’s name can be sent to the Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Ave., Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the South Big Horn Senior Center in Greybull.

Edith May Bigler Jones Johnson

July 8, 1940 – Oct. 28, 2012

Funeral services for Edith May Bigler Jones Johnson were held Nov. 3 at the Church of Latter-day Saints in Burlington. Edith, 72, died Oct. 28 in Rio Rancho, N.M., while on her way to her daughter’s home in Brigham City, Utah.

She was born July 8, 1940, in Basin, the daughter of Orville Bigler and Elvira Dobson.

She worked as a nurse’s aide in Greybull and Basin and later received her RN degree from Powell and Sheridan.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had many callings but especially loved teaching Primary.

Edith loved to make quilts, crochet, read and raise a big garden, watermelon farming and the outdoors. She worked hard and enjoyed serving others. She had a wonderful sense of humor.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Fred Ray Jones of Otto and Bill Johnson of Nacogdoches, Texas; one son, C.J. Jones, and two brothers, Myron Bigler and Clinton Dean Bigler.

She is survived by her children, Jean Marcus of Greybull, Alice Chatwin, Anita Olsen and Janice Henry, who live in Utah, Brett Jones in Oklahoma, Anette Quammen in Wyoming, Debbie Anderson in Washington, and Frank Jones Lavine, Marsha Jones Lavine and David Jones Lavine; four brothers, Edwin Bigler, Perrie Bigler, Bill Bigler and Dale Bigler; three sisters, Charmayne Kasparian of Utah, Dona Cecil of Arizona and Rose Ann Bishop of Pennsylvania; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Betty Imogene “Ima” Stoddard

Oct. 14, 1930 – Nov. 2, 2012

Cremation has taken place and no services will be held (per her wishes) for Betty Imogene “Ima” Stoddard. Ima, 82, died Friday, Nov. 2 at South Big Horn County Hospital.

She was born Oct. 14, 1930, in Binger, Okla., the daughter of David Owen and Etoiley Brown Deaton. She was raised in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. She graduated from Modesto (Calif.) High School.

She married Darrel Dan Stoddard in Jamestown, Calif., on April 29, 1952. They settled in the rural communities of Salt Springs Valley and Copperopolis, Calif., where she was known for her yard, her cooking and birthday cakes and for her participation in the school and the community.

The family moved to Greybull in July 1970. She worked at Kimball’s Drive-in, poured ditch with Walton’s Redi-Mix, hauled silage and read the town’s water meters. She enjoyed her yard, reading and keeping up on the news.

Her husband Darrel on March 26, 2008; her parents; two sisters, Peggy Brune and Charlotte Stone, and a brother, Kenneth Deaton, preceded her in death.

Ima is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Dana Gard and Leta Stoddard of Greybull and Tom and Neva Laidlaw of Oakdale, Calif.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials in Ima’s name can be sent to the South Big Horn Senior Center at 417 S. Second St., Greybull, WY 82426.

James L. Swain

July 12, 1933 – Nov. 2, 2012

A Funeral Mass for James L. Swain will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick‘s Co-Cathedral in Billings. James, 79, died Nov. 2 at Riverstone Hospice in Billings.

He was born July 12, 1933, in Billings, the son of Lawrence B. and Elizabeth Vickery Swain. He attended private schools and graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School.

He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired after 30 years.

After he retired, he spent his time doing what he loved the most, enjoying the outdoors, visiting and making friends. He worked as camp cook in different hunting camps and served as a host in campgrounds and national parks throughout the United States, but primarily in Yellowstone National Park.

Jim retired permanently in 2005 and took up residence in Greybull.

His parents, two sisters, Mary and Charlotte, three brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law preceded him in death.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Tim and Char Swain of Eaton, Colo., Brian and Marianne Swain of Billings, Larry and Erika Swain of Bemidji, Minn., and Bill Swain of Waukesha, Wis; daughter and son-in-law, Dan and Mary Ann Richards of Billings; his siblings, Catherine Holt of Snohomish, Wash., John Swain of Marysville, Wash., Shirley Hughes of Escondido, Calif., Rosalie Reimes of Great Falls, Mont., and Aileen Silbernagel of Billings; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery following the Mass.

Donations may be made in Jim’s name to Riverstone Health Hospice Home, Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103.