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Obituary Archive

James Henry Moore

(Dec. 5, 2000)

Memorial services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Living Fortress Foursquare Church, 19th and Salsbury Avenue in Cody, for James Henry Moore, 74, of Powell, who died at his Powell home Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Mr. Moore was born Nov. 15, 1926, in Powell, son of Stanford W. Moore and Edna Edith (Meredith) Moore. He attended the local schools through the eighth grade before beginning his life's work in the oilfields.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and married Stella Gebhart in Powell on Feb. 22, 1945. They were later divorced.

He spent most of his working years in the oilfields in the Big Horn Basin.
On Sept. 4, 1972, he married Joan E. Moore in Reno, Nev.

He loved the outdoors. He was a gun enthusiast, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and prospecting. Association with family and friends brought him great joy.

Survivors include a son, Bradley James Moore and wife Ronna of Payette, Idaho; a daughter, Melody Lee Young and husband Jerry of Umatilla, Ore.; two stepsons, Kim Richardson of Arizona and Alan Richardson of Cody; two step-daughters, Rikki Richardson and Laurie Campbell, both of Montana; two brothers, Thomas J. Moore and wife Jo Ann of Cody and S.W. Moore, Jr. of Maysville, Okla.; two sisters, Geneva Lavon Wheeler and husband Burt of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Virginia Moore of Powell; a half-sister, Carolyn Kennedy and husband Ron of Maysville, Okla.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Joan.

Bill Franklin Sellers

(Apr. 9, 2010)

Bill Franklin Sellers, 78, died April 9, 2010, at his home in Powell.

He was born March 10, 1932, in Belton, Texas, the son of Lillie Mae (West) and Newell Franklin Sellers.

Bill attended school and graduated from high school in Lindsay, Calif. He married his classmate, Eleanor Maxine Morris, on June 21, 1952, in Lindsay.

Shortly after his marriage, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in Germany during the Korean War.

After the war, Bill returned to Lindsay, where he worked as an agriculture foreman before entering the building trade. He eventually became a building contractor.

After a short stint in Oregon, he and Eleanor moved to Cora, Wyo. They tried traveling full time in their R.V., but later decided to put down roots.

They moved to Powell, and it turned out to be a good choice for them. Bill met many woodcarvers who helped him hone his natural talent in carving. In the process, his fellow carvers became good friends.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor of Powell; sons Eric Sellers (Karen) of Powell and Ethan Sellers (Elena) of California; daughters Eileen Starling (Rolf) of Nevada and Gwyn Batey (Raymond) of California; brother Jack Sellers (Linda); sister Katie McAllister (James); seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brother James Sellers; and a grandson, Timothy Cramer.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 West Evergreen, Suite 303, Chicago, IL 60642.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie Hart Ness

(Jan. 4, 2006)

Marjorie Hart Ness, formerly of Powell, died at her home in Williamsburg, Va., Jan. 4, 2006, after a prolonged illness with pulmonary fibrosis.

She was 68.

She was born May 10, 1937, in Billings, the first of four children born to Hubert and Wanda Hart. She grew up in Powell and graduated from Powell High School in 1955. She attended Montana State College and graduated as a registered nurse in August 1958. She and her husband, Donald, were married in June 1958 and, following her graduation, she joined him in Waco, Texas, where he was in U.S. Air Force flight training. This was to be one of the first of nearly 30 moves they made together in their married life.

They returned to Billings in January 1960 and resided there until January 1963 when they moved to Seattle. Three and a half years later, they began their truly nomadic life together following Don’s career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Their assignments took them to San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Brussels, Belgium; Warsaw, Poland; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Mexico City; London; and Frankfurt, Germany; with several intermediate postings in and out of Washington. While overseas, she became very active in Embassy life and was highly regarded for her culinary and hospitality skills. She also worked as a part-time nurse in Embassy Warsaw, a full-time nurse in Embassy Santo Domingo, a part-time nurse and a para-counselor assistant in Embassy Mexico, the family liaison officer in Embassy London, and the regional medical evacuation coordinator in Consulate General Frankfurt. She was highly respected and received honors and awards for her quality work performance.

She was very active in community affairs, both before and after becoming ill. She never let her need for full-time oxygen dissuade her from living life to the fullest. She was active as a Colonial Williamsburg volunteer, working at the DeWitt Wallace Gallery where she honed her knowledge and love for 17th and 18th century pottery and porcelain. She fostered her interests in all manners of antiques with the Vintage Ladies of Williamsburg. She was community minded and served as the chairperson of the Holly Hills Core Committee and, at the time of her death, was the secretary of the Holly Hills Community Association.

She was preceded in death by her father, Hubert; and her younger brother, Steve.

She is survived by her mother, Wanda of Powell; her sister, Celia of Seattle; and her brother, Hubert Jr. of Laurel, Mont. Also surviving are her husband, Don of Williamsburg; her elder son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Gregory and Sara Ness of Richmond; and her younger son and daughter-in-law, David and Gayle Ness of Alexandria, Va. Grandchildren include Katie of Durham, N.C.; Melanie of Wake Forest, N.C., Eric of Richmond; and Kim, Brian and Kara of Alexandria.

A memorial service took place in the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church Saturday, Jan. 7.

Donations can be sent in her memory to the American Lung Association; 61 Broadway; New York, NY 10006.

Vicki (Wright) Kylander

(December 14, 2001)

A former Powell resident, Vicki (Wright) Kylander, died Friday, Dec. 14 in the UCI Medical Center at Huntington Beach, Calif., after a long battle with liver disease. She was 52.

Helen Josie Carter

(August 6, 2001)

A memorial service for Helen Josie Carter, 83, who died Monday, Aug. 6 in Puyallup, Wash., will be held at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at United Methodist Church in Cody.

August Lawrence 'Larry' Beckmann III

(Aug. 31, 1943 - Dec. 22, 2009)

August Lawrence “Larry” Beckmann III, 66, died Dec. 22, 2009, at Powell Valley Hospital.

Alfred Fred' Gabriele Camposan

(Jan. 16, 1919-Oct. 17, 2009)

Alfred “Fred” Gabriele Camposan died Saturday, Oct. 17 at his home in Powell. He was 90.

Anthony Joseph Tony' Rodriguez

(Oct. 2, 1931 - Oct. 10, 2009)

Anthony Joseph “Tony” Rodriguez, 78, died Oct. 10 at his home in Frannie.

Aliyah Marie Romero

(July 13, 2009 - Aug. 12, 2009)

Aliyah Marie Romero was born July 13, 2009 in Powell, the daughter of Katie VanLake and David Romero. She died, surrounded by family and loved ones, on Aug. 12 from Edward's Syndrome. Though she was only alive for a short time, she will be missed greatly.

Andrew William Gifford

(Sept. 6, 1921 – Aug. 6, 2009)

Andrew “Andy” Gifford died in his home on Thursday, Aug. 6 in Lovell. Andy was born on Sept. 6, 1921, the third child of Jesse James Gifford and Grace (Keele) Dalton, in Kane, Wyo. His family moved from Kane to Crystal Creek in 1925. Andy ranched at Crystal Creek until 2004.

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