She was born Feb. 20, 1935, to Freda Rachel (Clark) and Henry Joseph Vontz.
Carlene was a school teacher until retiring at the age of 62. She touched many lives and was a very wonderful and caring teacher to all she came in contact with — not only the children she taught in school, but also her own children.
She lived in Powell for over 60 years before moving in January of 2015 to the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Alfred Murphy; sister Donna Roraback; children Deborah Yvonne Murphy, William Joseph Murphy and Michelle (Murphy) Schwab; son-in-law Mike Schwab.
Carlene is survived by her sons Jim (Lisa) Murphy of Cheyenne and Randy (Kristie) Murphy of Casper; daughter Annette (Tay) Dillon of Basin; niece: Janet (Kent) Keller of Gig Harbor, Washington; grandchildren Matthew Dillon, Aidan Murphy, Garrett Murphy, Stephen (Dana) Schwab, Michael (Mandi) Schwab and Jessica (Alberto) Medina; great-grandchildren Haylie and Brooklyn Schwab, Xavier and Mateo Medina.
Rosary services will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Powell. Funeral Mass services will be Friday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m., also at the church.
Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Donations can be made to the Michelle Murphy Schwab Nursing Scholarship; Northwest College Foundation, 231 W. 6th Street, Powell, WY 82435.