Anna Louise Avis was born on Oct. 17, 1934, the daughter of Orville Rossiter Avis and Jesse (Hill) Avis in Taylorville, Ill.
Anna’s father was in the pipeline business and she, her mother, and two sisters traveled with him throughout the country and lived in numerous communities in West Virginia, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Wyoming. She once changed schools six times in one year before arriving in Powell in the eighth grade and finally planting roots.
Even with the difficult life she lived as a youngster and attending numerous grade schools throughout her life, Anna was an excellent student and graduated fourth in her class from Powell High School and was a member of the Honor Society.
Anna married Gerald Everett (Mike) Talbott on May 3, 1952 in Powell.
Anna devoted her life to her home and her family. Her husband’s work took her to numerous towns in Wyoming and she was employed in several of those communities. She worked several years in the Powell school system, and also while in Powell, she ran the home pig farm, sheep ranch, chicken farm, vegetable farm, and the last chance ranch for bum lambs and calves.
She spent several years at the Meeteetse Mercantile, the Yellow store in Rock Springs and the school system in Green River.
Anna did not belong to civic clubs, as she was active supporting her husband and three sons in athletics, school activities and work pursuits. Few people who knew Anna could name someone who was more active and involved in the community.
She was an accomplished artist, although being the perfectionist she was, she seldom shared her artwork outside of the family. A lover of Wyoming landscapes, she loved to sketch and paint the basins, deserts and sunsets that comprise Wyoming’s open spaces. She also had a love of Southwestern art and her husband’s cabinet making. Throughout her life she readily collected and displayed the artistic efforts of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Anna is survived by her husband of 61 years, Mike (Gerald E.) Talbott of Riverton; sons, Mike of Riverton, Pat (Sandy) of Ranchita, Calif., and John of Lebanon, Ore.; sisters, Norma Larsen of Powell and Mamie Collins of Soledad, Calif.; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Jesse Avis and father, Orville Avis.
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