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May 03, 2005 10:37 am

C.E. (Bud) Webster

(Oct. 12, 1912 - May 2, 2005)

Funeral services for legendary car dealer, Constant Edward (Bud) Webster of Cody, who died Monday, May 2 at West Park Hospital in Cody, will be today (Thursday), May 5 at the LDS Stake House in Cody at 10 a.m.

As the firm guiding hand of Webster Motors, Inc., he still manned the showroom and directed the fortunes of the Cody auto dealership at age 92.

In his 65th year as Cody's Chevrolet dealer, he was honored by General Motors in 2002 with a one-of-a-kind plaque with the notation that no other dealer had continued as a dealer operator for that long. At his death, he was in his 68th year as owner-operator of the dealership.

C.E. "Bud" Webster was born Oct. 12, 1912 on the Webster Ranch on the Greybull River, six miles from Meeteetse. He was the son of Charles A. Webster and Mae Bennion Webster.

Bud attended the country school on Long Hollow next to the ranch. It was called the Webster School. In the fourth grade, the school consolidated with Meeteetse and he graduated from Meeteetse High School in 1931.
His youth was spent on the ranch, doing lots of chores, milking cows, chopping wood and keeping the coal bucket filled for his mother's cook stove. When he got old enough to ride, he rode with his brothers and dad as ranch hands for cattle. He helped bring cattle to Cody often, delivering them by noon the second day, having dinner at the Diamond Café and then riding back to the ranch 28 miles. Fifty miles in a day was not unusual.

When he was 17, he was given the responsibility of tending to sheep camps in the upper Greybull and Francs Fork. He did this every summer for five years, until he graduated in 1935 from the University of Wyoming.

Bud had two wonderful brothers, Clyde, Owen, and his beloved sister, Margaret, all of whom have been gone for many years. Bud was especially close to Clyde's sons, Charlie, Dan and Gene.

At the university as a freshman, he met Lucille Moncur. They were good friends and occasionally dated. After graduating, they got more serious and seven years after meeting her, he finally succeeded in talking her into marrying him. He often said that was the best deal he ever made. They have three children: Margaret, a retired speech language pathologist, is married to Dick Scarlett, living in Jackson Hole and in the banking business; Ed, a practicing attorney in Cody and vice-president of Webster Motors, Inc., is married to another UW student, Nancy Ratliff; and Bill, the youngest. Bill went on to become a medical doctor, and after practicing as a Board Certified Emergency Physician at Long Beach Memorial Hospital for more than 20 years, he retired. He is married to Judy Pinkert whom he met as a nurse at the University of Colorado Medical Center.

Bud and Lucille have four grandchildren, Shannon Wyatt Becker married to Eric Becker; Leslie Scarlett Noble married to Kent Noble; Bill Scarlett and Alison Scarlett. They have three great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Tate Noble and Riley Belle Becker.

Graduating from UW in 1935, times were extremely tough and Bud ended up working for an oil company in Los Angeles for $81.50 per month. He was delighted when he received a wire from the Wyoming State Board of Equalization offering him a job as an auditor for the brand new Sales Tax Division at $150 per month. He jumped at the opportunity.
In the fall of 1937, Bud's brother, Owen, had sold his interest in the Webster Ranch and had some money. Bud knew the Chevrolet dealership in Cody was bankrupt. It was an opportunity for both of them. Owen financed the deal for which Bud was forever grateful.

Four years later, however, Owen decided to quit the car business, and Bud bought him out on Dec. 6, 1941, the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Bud's history in the car business is pretty well known. He received about every honor any car dealer ever had, including president of the Wyoming Dealers Association and Wyoming's representative for six years on the National Automobile Dealers Association. Bud was named as Wyoming Time Life Dealer of the Year.
He served six years on the Wyoming Highway Commission and spearheaded the reconstruction of the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. UW awarded Bud many honors, including Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Commerce and Industry in 1971, Businessman of the Year in 1987, and in 2002, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UW Alumni Association. The Webster Family was recognized by the university as the 2001 University of Wyoming Family of the Year.
Through the years, he was active in the Cody community. He served as president of the Cody Club in 1951, and his crowning achievement that year was to acquire, through the help of his dear friends, Lloyd Taggart and Glenn Nielson, an additional 160 acres so the airport runway could be lengthened to accommodate commercial airlines coming to Cody. The next year, Frontier Airlines landed its first plane in Cody.

He served on the hospital board for 20 years and 12 years as chairman, the Stampede Board for six years, and in 1985, he became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
Along the way, he acquired a partnership in two car dealerships in Utah, and in 1948, he bought the Powell Chevrolet dealership which he operated for four years. He named it Eddie Chevrolet after his 4-year-old son.
In 1943, Bud and Lucille purchased the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Thermopolis. The Coca-Cola franchise covered all of Fremont County and the four Big Horn Basin counties. In 1963, they moved the plant to Cody, and in 1979, sold it to Si Cathcart. For many years, his day started at 4 a.m., and he worked late evenings, managing both the Chevrolet and Coca-Cola businesses. During his tenure as a Coca-Cola bottler for 36 years, he bottled Coca-Cola, Sprite, Orange Crush and White Rock mixes supplying more than 1,000 outlets throughout the territory from Muddy Gap to Dubois to Frannie.
In 1946, although he was banking at the First National Bank, he was invited to become a director of the Shoshone National Bank. He served on the board for 40 years until it was sold to his daughter and son-in-law's holding company, United Bancorporation of Wyoming, Inc.

In a book compiled by the American Heritage Center at UW in 2000, Bud was named as one of eight "Businessmen of the Century" for Wyoming. Bud loved his horses and riding with his kids in the evenings. After they had left home, he rode, weather permitting, most evenings, often with his son, Ed, or alone. He thoroughly enjoyed the pack trips into the mountains accompanied by members of his family. He rode in the Stampede Parade for more than 50 years.

Bud's hobby was his garden, always next to his home, and his success as a gardener was well known. He always was first to have ripe tomatoes. Bud always gave credit to his wife, Lucille, and repeatedly said his life had been wonderful because of Lucille, and that went for his financial success and happy life they shared together.

There were two sayings Bud often repeated; first, "Give life the best that's in you for it's only a one-night stand. There are no repeat performances brought back by popular demand." And then in closing, Bud would often quote a famous Codyite, "I ain't mad at nobody."

Interment will follow services at the Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials should be directed to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center or the Cody Medical Foundation.

May 02, 2005 10:35 am

Hansen M. Murray

Hansen M. Murray, 87, died Monday, May 2 at his home in Cody.
A memorial service will be held Sat., May 7 at the Cody Senior Center at 2 p.m. Cremation has taken place.
For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to the Cody Senior Center. A full obituary will follow.

May 07, 2005 10:34 am

Kevin Jacob Stilson

(May 15, 1978 - May 1, 2005)

Kevin Jacob "Jake" Stilson died at his home in Powell on Sunday, May 1 at the age of 26.
He was born on May 15, 1978, in Sheridan. He grew up in Wyoming and Montana, living in Buffalo, Billings, Jackson and Powell.

He was pursuing his architectural drafting degree at Northwest College in Powell where he had made a home for his family.
Jake spent most of his school years in Buffalo and Jackson. He graduated from Jackson Hole High School in 1996. In November of 1997, Jake joined the U.S. Navy to see the world.

After his navy service, Jake returned to Jackson where he met and fell in love with his wife, Crystal. They were married in Jackson on April 27, 2002. Jake and Crystal had two beautiful girls who were the apples of their father's eye, Anna, 4, and Ashlyn, 18 months.

Jake loved his family, friends and his trucks. Some of his hobbies were 4-wheelin', Playstation, turning wrenches, hanging out with the guys and, of course, spending time with his family.

He was a high-spirited guy with lots of ideas. When Jake decided on something, he would jump in with both feet. It didn't matter what he was doing, he would try to do it with a smile and usually made it fun. You only had to spend 10 minutes with Jake to be a friend for life.

Survivors include his wife Crystal and his daughters, Anna Marie and Ashlyn Elizabeth of Powell; his parents, Linda Morlage of Billings and Kevin and Lucy Stilson of Jackson; sisters Ginger Stilson of Billings and Stacy Durtschi of Idaho; grandparents, Dena Stilson of Jackson, Jeannine Stilson of Alpine and Dave and Sharon Kyle of Gillette; and nephew Taiyan Stilson of Billings.

Jake was a loving husband, daddy, son, brother and friend. He will be missed by all.

Memorial services were held in Cody on May 7, and a memorial service is scheduled in Jackson on Saturday, May 14. Cremation has taken place.

A memorial fund has been established at the Bank of the West. Donations may be made at any Bank of the West location.

May 01, 2005 10:29 am

Doris Jean Baxendale

(Aug. 28, 1930 - May 28, 2004)

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 1 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lovell for Doris Jean Baxendale, who died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Friday, May 28 after a lengthy battle with respiratory failure.

She was 73. She was born Aug. 28, 1930, to Adolf Doerr and Frieda (Lohrenz) Doerr in Lovell. She was raised on a farm east of Lovell, attended Lovell schools and graduated from Lovell High School in 1948. She then attended Billings Business College. On Oct. 22, 1950, she married Gerald Dean Baxendale in Lovell. To this union were born six children. She enjoyed staying home and raising her children. Her interests included decorating her home, creating flower gardens and maintaining family traditions. She spent many years as a volunteer "Flower Lady," beautifying Lovell's Main Street. She was honored by the chamber of commerce as "Citizen of the Year," and also as Grand Marshall for the Rose Parade in 1999. She was also a volunteer for the Care Center, decorating the dining rooms. She was a lifelong member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald of Lovell; sons Scott (Pat) Baxendale, Brad (Tami) Baxendale and children Pete, Kasi and Kade, Neil Baxendale (Jodi) and children Morgan, McKay and Mandi, all of Lovell, and son Todd (Robin) Baxendale and children Kristine and Maddison of Ft. Worth, Texas; daughter Julie (Vance) Fisher and children Spencer (Jana) and Austin of Worden, Mont.; one brother, two sisters and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Donald.

May 28, 2004 10:28 am

Elinor Catterall

(April 2, 1916 - May 27, 2004)

Elinor Stine Catterall, a pioneer Wyoming schoolteacher and descendant of early settlers, died Thursday, May 27 at a Denver area nursing home. She was 88.

A resident of Powell since 1950, she had most recently resided at Life Care Center of Littleton after a series of debilitating hip injuries.

She retired from teaching in Powell in 1982, ending a career in education that began 46 years earlier in a converted bunkhouse at a remote ranch south of Mountain View in the Uinta Mountains of southwestern Wyoming.
She was active in community and professional organizations, serving as corresponding secretary and member of numerous committees in the Wyoming chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary education society. Her accomplishments are cited in the society's three-volume "Let Your Light Shine: Pioneer Women Educators of Wyoming."

Her great-grandparents on her mother's side arrived in Uinta County in 1867, her mother's maternal grandparents emigrating to the United States from Wales nine years earlier and traveling on to Wyoming by wagon train. About the same time, her mother's paternal grandparents came from Ireland and traveled by rail to the Union Pacific Railroad's end of the line, at that point, Bear River City. The family moved to Almy a year later after a riotous gun battle turned Bear River City into a ghost town. Both sets of great-grandparents settled in Evanston.

Elinor Stine, born in Evanston on April 2, 1916, was valedictorian of her high school class in Evanston and attended the University of Wyoming for two years. At the university, she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Her first teaching assignment was in 1936 at Thunder Mountain rural school at a ranch where she lived during the school year with her four pupils. She recalled hiring a rancher after one Christmas break to return her to school by sleigh warmed by a wood stove. She normally rode horseback for seven miles to catch a school bus to Robertson.

She married Willard Catterall, her college sweetheart, in 1938, resulting in a temporary end to her teaching career - married women were not hired in those years as schoolteachers. The family lived in Gillette, Midwest, Elk Basin, Powell and Worland before her husband's 1962 death in North Dakota, where the family lived for a year while he supervised construction and subsequent operation of an oil refinery.

After her husband's death, she returned to college and obtained her education degree from Eastern Montana College, now Montana State University at Billings. She returned to Powell to renew her teaching career, embracing new teaching methods, becoming involved in an experimental reading program for second graders and engaging in team-teaching at Powell's modular Westside School when it opened in 1970.

She belonged to the Presbyterian Church and served as program chairwoman and president of the Powell Fine Arts Club. She also served on the Powell Hospital Foundation Board and, after her retirement, as a volunteer at Powell Library and its literacy program.

She is survived by sons John (Diane), of Tampa, Fla., and Story; Lee, of Kapolei, Hawaii; and Stephen (Sue) of Littleton, Colo.; four grandchildren: Matthew of Austin, Texas; Andrew of San Francisco, Calif.; and Peter and Brita of Littleton. Memorial services are scheduled Saturday, July 10 at 10 a.m. at Union Presbyterian Church in Powell.
The Rev. David Hunter will preside at services. A reception will follow at the home of Esther Brumage.

For those who wish, memorials to the Powell Library through the Park County Library Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

May 27, 2004 10:26 am

Mary Naomi Wilson Felix Pollet

(Dec. 12, 1908 - May 26, 2004)

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 1 at the Byron LDS Chapel for Mary Naomi Wilson Felix Pollet, 95, who died Wednesday, May 26 at Powell Valley Care Center.

She was born Dec. 12, 1908, the fourth daughter of six born to Jason Crichton and Millesant Wheelock Wilson. Her birthplace was a ranch near Fort Bridger. Though she lived many places, the Bridger Valley and Mountain View were always home.

Her education began in Mountain View and Robertson. She was the last living member of the Mountain View High School graduating class of 1925. She completed her formal education with a teaching certificate from Laramie.
She married Johnie Felix on May 23, 1926, in Evanston. They were joined by sons Wilson J. and Jerry Dwayne. Tragically, Johnie's life was short due to ill health.

On March 14, 1945, she married Charles Burl Pollet (Buck) in Ely, Nev. Soon, there were new additions to the family. Pete was stillborn, a sad occurrence; then came daughters Christy Ellen and Jicki Val, followed by another much-welcomed son, Charles Burl Jr. (Chuck).

Following the oil booms, the family lived many places in Wyoming, Texas, Nebraska, Utah, Montana, Colorado and the Dakotas. They always returned to Mountain View, finally retiring there.

As age and ill health took its toll, Naomi and Buck decided to relocate closer to family. They moved to Powell 12 years ago, and Naomi resided at the Powell Valley Care Center for four and a half years after breaking her hip. She gained new friends and had great care there. She looked forward to the many visits of family members and the Happy Hour music. The LDS sacrament meetings were so important to her until she became very ill.

She was an active member of the LDS Church most of her life. She loved to dance and sing, play basketball and ride horses. She enjoyed genealogy research, wrote poems and stories and was the "family communicator" until her eyesight failed. Most of all, she loved her family and husband. She and Buck enjoyed many a card game in the last few years.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Buck Pollet; her children, Wilson Felix, Jerry Felix (Flo), Christy Petrich (John), Jicki Brown (Mike) and Chuck Pollet (Gloria); 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and many extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her five sisters, Ouida Mae Wilson, Juanita Finnegan (Bill), Harriet Maude (Peggy) Wood (Charles), Dorothea May Sumner (Keith) and Edney Foy Schanche (Otto); her husband, Johnie Felix, in 1944; daughter-in-law Gladys Mae Felix; several nieces and nephews and grandson, Jerry Brionne Tanner.
Burial was in Byron Cemetery. Haskell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

May 26, 2004 10:24 am

Donald G. Matthews

Former Powell resident Donald G. Matthews, 79, died May 25 at the home of his daughter, Kathy, in Chandler, Ariz., after a short illness.

After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, he moved to Powell where he was employed by Marathon Pipeline Company. He married and made Powell his home for many years.
He loved fishing, hunting and camping. In his early years, he played softball and later coached the Marathon women's softball team. He participated in local bowling leagues.

He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a charter member of the Powell chapter.

Survivors include his wife Julia in Chandler, Ariz.; two daughters, Patricia Matthews of Riverdale, Ga., and Kathy Kelley of Chandler, Ariz. He also leaves behind two granddaughters, Beth and Kim, and a great-grandson, Tyler.
Cremation has taken place. No services are planned.

May 25, 2004 10:23 am

Michelle Marie Ray

(Sept. 30, 1955 - May 21, 2004)

Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, May 27, at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell for Michelle Marie (Mitzie) Ray, who died at her Powell home on Friday, May 21. She was 48.

She was born Sept. 30, 1955, in Powell to L. Dwayne and Wilma (Van Vleet) LaFollette. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, employed by the Lamplighter Inn and active for several years in the Eagles Auxiliary and Eastern Star. She enjoyed her cats and spending time with her nieces and nephews, gardening and caring for animals.

Survivors include her mother, Wilma LaFollette of Powell; two sisters, Tina Heny (Mike) of Powell and Dawn Roden (Gary) of Powell; and several nieces and nephews, Zachary and Ashtyn Heny; Rick Clifton, his wife Lisa and their children, Nikkole and Jadyn; and Scott Roden, his wife Carolyn and their children, Dillon, Amanda and Ashley. She was preceded in death by her father, L. Dwayne LaFollette; and a brother, William. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Caring for Powell Animals.

May 21, 2004 10:21 am

Clara Elizabeth Bessler

(April 12, 1908 - May 16, 2004)

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 21 at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for Clara Elizabeth (Gregory) Bessler, 96, who died Sunday, May 16 in Powell.

She was born April 12, 1908, in Bay City, Mich., to Simon (Gregoire) Gregory and Louise Hebert Gregory. She entered a convent at age 16, but returned to her family when she became homesick.

She worked for a while as a telephone operator, but her father had other plans. The family's landlord, Joseph John (J.J.) Bessler and Clara's father conspired to introduce their adult children by sending Clara to pay the rent. Bessler's son, Leo, thereafter always wore a sprig of lily of the valley in his hatband when he courted Clara. It must have charmed her. They were married on April 12, 1928, in Chicago.

By 1931, Leo's parents and brothers had homesteaded in Powell. Leo and Clara packed themselves, everything they had and their first child, Dorothy, into a Model T Ford and traveled to Powell to join the family on the East Willwood. J.J. Bessler died in 1933 and in 1941, Clara and Leo purchased the farm from Grandma Bessler. They worked the farm, raising crops and kids, until Leo's tragic death in 1966.

Clara is survived by two daughters and five sons: Rita Peterson (Pete) of Laurel, Mont.; Helen Brandes (John) of Moses Lake, Wash.; Leo E. (Nick) Bessler of Powell; Paul Bessler (Barbara) of Clancy, Mont.; Denis Bessler (Pat) of Helena, Mont.; Francis Bessler of Laramie; and Bob Bessler (Linda) of Powell; 22 grandchildren; at last count, 35 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and four sisters; her husband, Leo P. Bessler; her daughter, Dorothy Chapman; and her great-granddaughter, Teri Jo Bradish.

Clara is remembered by her family as a faithful member of St. Barbara's Catholic Church and a woman of great faith. She served as a founding board member of Powell's Senior Citizens Center and was active in the Willwood Women's Club and VFW Auxiliary for many years. She loved reading and participated in the Library Club, loved music and supported the Wyoming Fiddlers Association and loved to dance and did so beautifully and at every opportunity.

As the mother of eight children and a farmer's wife, Clara was a mom who accepted teasing and was known to dish it out as well. Her first language was French; for years she referred to the "little house out back" as "ma petit maison." She gardened and always had a row of flowers amongst the vegetables. She canned cupboards full of food every fall and was an excellent cook. She baked mountains of bread and patched a sea of blue jeans. She enjoyed sewing, hooking rugs, embroidery and ceramics. Well into her 80s, Clara committed herself to visiting "the old people" at the nursing home. She carried funny stories, cartoons, prayers and words of encouragement around in her purse (it was a really big purse!), just to share with her family and friends, all of whom will miss her loving presence very much.

Rosary will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, at St. Barbara's Catholic Church. Visitation will be one hour before the Thursday rosary and one hour before the Friday Mass. Christian burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Barbara's Catholic Church or the Powell Senior Citizen's Center. Arrangements are by Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home of Powell.

May 16, 2004 10:19 am

Jeannette M. Lee

(July 31, 1944 - May 12, 2004)

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 20 at 10 a.m. at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for Jeannette M. Lee, 86, who died Wednesday evening, May 12 at the Powell Valley Care Center, hospice care unit.

Wake services will be Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home. Private burial of cremains will be held at Crown Hill Cemetery at a later date. She was born April 29, 1918, in Salmon, Idaho, daughter of Frank C. and Marie H. (Crowley) Miller. She attended public schools in Salmon and then attended Idaho State University at Pocatello where she received her B.S. degree in education. She then taught at a country school for one year. The next three years she taught in the Salmon, Idaho, public schools. Later, she attended Kinman Business Colllege in Spokane, Wash.

She married Weldon R. Lee in Salmon on July 31, 1944. For two years they lived in Pullman, Wash., where he received his degree in veterinary medicine at Washington State University. She worked in the accounting department at the college. They moved to Salmon, Idaho, for two years, then moved to Powell where she lived until her death. She was a member of St. Barbara's Catholic Church and for several years was active in the Altar Society and Saint Mary's Circle. She was president of the Wyoming Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary for one year and a life member of the Powell Benevolent Order of Does #187.

For many years she was active in helping her husband, Dr. W.R. Lee, at the veterinary clinic. She was an avid gardener. Survivors include her son, James Lee and two granddaughters, Jennifer Lee and Andrea Lee, all of Great Falls, Mont.; several nieces and one nephew; one sister-in-law, Fay Miller, of Pocatello, Idaho; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Marie; and one son, Raymond. For those who wish, memorials may be made to St. Barbara's Poor or the charity of choice.