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March 05, 2009 3:39 am

Sarah Evadean (Anderson) Muslin

(Dec. 20, 1977 - March 3, 2009)

Sarah Evadean (Anderson) Muslin, 31, died Tuesday, March 3 at her home in Wasilla, Alaska.

She was born Dec. 20, 1977, the daughter of Elton A. Anderson and Sarah L. (Judd) Anderson. Sarah grew up and attended school in Powell. She was active in Girl Scouts, 4-H and FFA.

Sarah married Jason Muslin on May 29, 1999 in Wasilla, where she resided for the last 12 years. She was a strong, loving and outgoing person. She loved spending time with her daughter, Chelsea, and watching her grow.

Sarah is survived by her husband, Jason; daughter, Chelsea; parents, Elton and Sarah Anderson; siblings, Angela Anderson, Lisa and Bryan Hendricks and Niki and KyleMuslin; two nieces and a nephew. Funeral services will be Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at the Wasilla LDS Church. Interment will be at a later date.

March 05, 2009 3:38 am

Betty Frame McConihay

(Aug. 15, 1925 - March 1, 2009)

Betty Frame McConihay died March 1 at the Powell Valley Care Center after suffering a stroke in February.

Betty was born on Aug. 15, 1925, in South Charleston, W.Va. She graduated from high school in South Charleston, and she later earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Marshall University.

Betty married William McConihay in 1947 and moved to East Bank, W.Va.. She lived in East Bank until her husband died in 2008, at which point she moved to the Powell Valley Care Center to be closer to her sister.

She taught math and English in Kanawha County Schools for 33 years, and upon retirement she continued teaching math at West Virginia Institute of Technology for several terms. She was instrumental in supporting her niece and nephews in their pursuit of higher education.

A member of South Charleston First Baptist Church, she attended the United Methodist Church in East Bank.

She was a charter member and first president of Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an International Honorary Teacher's Society, and was also a charter member of East Bank Garden Club where she was very active in the organization.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Harry and Rexie Given Frame and her husband of 60 years, William C. McConihay.

She is survived by her sister, Patricia Dixon (Thomas) of Powell; aunt, Dixie Donahue (Earl) of Dille, W.Va., and a niece, two nephews and several cousins.

Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell is in charge of arrangements.

A private memorial will be held at a later date in West Virginia. Cremation has taken place, and friends may wish to donate to: Betty Frame McConihay Math Scholarship, Marshall University Foundation, 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington WV 25755; East Bank United Methodist Church or East Bank Garden Club.

March 05, 2009 3:37 am

Jose (Joe) Villarreal Gomez

(Dec. 19, 1921 - March 4, 2009)

Jose “Joe” Villarreal Gomez, 87, died Wednesday, March 4, with his family at his side, after a short illness.

Joe was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on Dec. 19, 1921 to Abran “Abraham” and Anna Cleta Gomez.

Joe migrated to the United States in 1940.

On Sept. 15, 1952 Joe married Rosalva “Rose” Ibarra in Lovell. Joe and Rose raised their famly in Cody where Joe worked as a ranch hand. In 1979, Joe went to work for the City of Cody, retiring in 1989. After retirement, Joe enjoyed fishing, gardening and taking care of his yard.

Joe is survived by his children, John Gomez of Cody; Dora Gomez of Anchorage, Alaska; Michael (Patti) Gomez of Pacific, Mo.; Joel Gomez of Cody; Rose (Robert) James of Cody; sisters, Guadalupe Flores of El Mirage, Ariz. and Anna Cleta Molina of McAllen, Texas; four grandchildren and a nephew.

A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

March 05, 2009 3:35 am

Lillie Ruth (Chambers) Dixon

(Nov. 18, 1909 - Feb. 26, 2009)

Lillie Ruth Dixon died Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Powell Valley Care Center. She was 99 years old.

Lillie Ruth Chambers was born Nov. 18, 1909, in Magnum, Okla., to Robert and Rose Etta (Stringfellow) Chambers. She was the eldest of eight children and was raised in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. She began school in Herring, Okla., at the age of 8. As a child, her family would often travel by horsedrawn wagon to visit her paternal grandparents in Wewoka, Okla. Lillie survived typhoid fever as a young child, but lost her younger brother to the illness on Christmas Day in 1916.

Lillie's family worked in farming and in the developing oil and gas industry, eventually homesteading outside of Roswell, N.M. Upon her family's return to the Texas Panhandle, Lillie graduated from high school in Borger, Texas, in 1929. She graduated from Draughn's Business College in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1932. Her first employment was with a wholesale grocery company in Sayre, Okla., that paid $10 per week. Lillie returned to Skellytown, Texas, where her family lived, to open a beauty parlor.

It was in Skellytown that Lillie met Berry Lee Barnes. They were married Nov. 14, 1934. They had three children: Joetta, Berry L. Jr., and Dorothy Jean. The family moved to Elk Basin in 1944 where Lillie served as postmaster at the Elk Basin Post Office until 1955. Upon the closing of Elk Basin in 1955 the Barnes family relocated to Powell. Lillie was widowed in 1956.

Lillie married Robert Barber on Aug. 13, 1959. He died in 1962. Lillie began working in Yellowstone National Park as a bookkeeper for Hamilton Stores and the Haynes Photo Shop, working 19 summers at Canyon Village.

She married Woodrow Dixon on April 26, 1978. Mr. Dixon died in 2002.

Lillie was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for more than 60 years; she was Past Worthy Matron of Bethany Chapter of Deaver and was recently a member of Alcyone Chapter #27 of Powell. She lived in the home built by her first husband, Berry, on Wood Street until moving to the Heartland and, finally, the Powell Valley Care Center.

She was a member of Union Presbyterian Church of Powell since 1946.

Lillie is survived by her daughter Dorothy Lenehan (Brent) of Oakland, Calif.; son-in-law Buzz Larsen (Patricia) of Powell; granddaughter Laurie Larsen; grandson Scott Larsen (Justine); numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She is also survived by her brother Thomas Lee Chambers (Marguerite), and sisters Nina Craig, Charlotte Allen, and Maryanne Gilmore (Bill) of Lebanon, Okla.

Lillie was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents; her three husbands; her brothers, Cecil and Glen; her sister, Roberta; her daughter, Joetta Larsen and her son, Berry L Barnes, Jr.

Memorial services are pending. Cremation has taken place. Memorials in Lillie's name can be sent to Powell Valley Hospice, 777 Ave H, Powell, WY 82435.

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The Sheriff of Nottingham, played by Nick Tracy, points out Maid Marion (Alex Good), accompanied by her maid (Amber Munjar) and demands horsemen Jared Moore and Madison Morrow seize Maid Marion as a captive during the Missoula Children's Theatre performance of “Robin Hood” on Saturday at the new Powell High School auditorium. See Page 13 for more photos. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

March 03, 2009 4:39 am

Plaza Diane Construction Begins

Sletten Construction awarded contract for renovation project

Plaza Diane was fenced off Monday morning as construction began to transform the downtown location into a community arts center.

“Construction is starting this week and we're right on schedule,” said Anya Feichtl, CTA's lead architect on the project. Feichtl said the project should be completed by Aug. 1.

Lady Trapper teammates pull for Izzy Gustafson after tragic loss

Women's basketball games at Northwest College were tempered by a somber air over the weekend after player Izzy Gustafson's mother and two grandparents died as a result of a car crash. They were traveling from Sandy, Utah, to Powell to watch her play when the crash occurred on Thursday.

March 03, 2009 4:35 am

Regional recycling

Powell Valley Recycling agrees to take on regional operations

Details on a potential regional recycling operation remain fuzzy.

But as they emerge, don't expect any shocking changes.

It's been a stellar year so far for Powell High School — student athletes have won state titles in volleyball, cross country and now wrestling.

Last weekend, the Powell Panther wrestling team captured its second straight 3A state championship.

Back-to-back titles haven't belonged to the PHS team since 1974 and 1975.

The wins, of course, demonstrate the extraordinary talent possessed by the young men on this squad. However, the state titles also are indicative of much more: Dedication, perseverance, sacrifice and buckets of sweat. This group of athletes committed itself to doing whatever it took to be the best.

Most importantly, these grapplers had solid coaching from Nate Urbach. Coach Urbach demanded a lot from his team, and the results speak for themselves.

Powell High School's combination of talented and dedicated athletes and good, tough coaching is hard to beat.

The rest of the wrestling teams in Wyoming's 3A division know this only too well. Urbach and his wrestlers have represented themselves, their school and their town in championship fashion, and they deserve our hearty congratulations.

March 03, 2009 4:25 am

Back-to-back champs!

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Powell High School assistant coach Zach Coombs (left) looks on as Panther wrestler Auston Carter is hoisted into the air by PHS head coach Nate Urbach following Carter's title-winning victory in the 140-pound weight class Saturday night at the WHSAA Class 3A State Wrestling Championships. The state title was the third of Carter's varsity career. The Panthers won the team title as well, giving them back-to-back state championships. Tribune photo by David Dickey

PHS cruises to Class 3A wrestling crown

Powell High School's wrestling team capped a dominant season Saturday by winning the Class 3A title at the Wyoming High School Activities Association Wrestling Championships at the Casper Events Center. The state title is PHS's second in a row.