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.