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Marian Clare (Smith) Jorgensen

(June 11, 1920 - Jan. 30, 2013)

Marian Clare (Smith) Jorgensen died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 at the Powell Valley Care Center from natural causes. She was 92.

Marian was born June 11, 1920 to J. Fred and May (Hennen) Smith in Minneapolis, Minn. She attended Catholic school and graduated from St. Margaret’s Academy for Girls in 1938.

While working in a law office in Minneapolis, she met Leonard Jorgensen. They were married Jan. 25, 1943 in Seattle, Wash., where he was stationed with the army. They spent a short time in Salinas, Calif., before Leonard was sent to fight in the Philippines during World War II. Marian returned to Minneapolis and worked at a bank until Leonard returned from war.

Marian and Leonard lived in Murdo, S.D., for eight years, then bought a farm near Buckman, Minn. where they lived until 1964 when they moved to Worland.

While in Worland, Marian worked as a secretary at the migrant school, as a teacher aide for six and a half years at Westside School and worked at the Worland Senior Citizens Center. She spent the last five years as director until her retirement in 1985. In 1996, Leonard and Marian moved to Powell.

Marian enjoyed gardening, flowers, traveling and crafts. Her real love, other than her family, was baking. Marian would spend all day baking pies, cookies, brownies and many other goodies, and then at the end of the day give it all away to friends, family and anyone she knew that needed a bright spot in their day.

Marian was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; brother Robert; one step-brother and two daughters, Judith Ann and Jeanne Marie.

She is survived by her son, Joseph (Gina) Jorgensen and their children, Robert (Jamie) Jorgensen, Amanda (Aaron) Bounds, all of Evanston; daughter Patricia (Marvin) Nelson of Cody, and their children, Brandi Johnson of Tulsa, Okla., Laura (Tyler) Christopherson of Cheyenne, Kathryn of Cody and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home. A rosary service will be held at Thompson Funeral Home Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to St. Barbara’s Church.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family at or P.O. Box 807, Powell, WY 82435.

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