Barbara Jean Strange Stewart

Jan. 9, 1931 – Dec. 3, 2012

Funeral services for Barbara Jean Strange Stewart are today (Thursday, Dec. 6) at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Basin. Barbara, 81, died Dec. 3 at South Big Horn County Hospital.

She was born Jan. 9, 1931 in Spearfish, S.D., the daughter of Harry Edward and Opal Irene Gumm Strange. The family moved to Powell when Barbara was 8 years old. Barbara attended schools in Powell and Elk Basin and graduated from Powell High School in 1948. She attended Northwest Community College and the University of Wyoming.

She married William Henry Stewart June 25, 1950. They farmed on Owl Creek for 16 years. After selling their ranch they lived in Thermopolis, Wilsall, Mont., Cody, Powell, Meeteetse, Worland, Hyattville and Basin.

She taught school in Owl Creek and at Hamilton Dome and substitute taught at Hyattville and Basin. She was also a bus driver.

She and her husband were foster parents to 57 children.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill on Aug. 14, 1995, and her son Edward on Oct. 6, 2003.

Barbara is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lyndal and Susan Kaye Caddell of Norman, Okla.; her son and daughter-in-law, James David and Shirley Stewart of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and five grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Riverview Memorial Gardens in Worland.

Memorials in Barbara’s name may be sent to American National Bank, 700 Big Horn Ave., Worland, WY 82401. Proceeds will go to Midway Clinic for medical equipment.