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March 25, 2008 4:28 am

Kathryn Sue Ley

(Jan. 18, 1951 - March 23, 2008)

Kathryn Sue Ley died Sunday, March 23 at Powell Valley Hospital. She was 57.

She was born Jan. 18, 1951 in Powell to Irene and the late Rudy Ley. She was a very special, loving and caring person to all the people she met in her lifetime.

Kathy was born with cerebral palsy. While living at home her parents took excellent care of her for many years. When their health started to decline, they were forced to seek alternative ways for Kathy's care. She spent a year in the Cody Nursing Home and then moved to Big Horn Enterprises in Powell seven years ago. She was crowned sweetheart queen at the Valentine's ball and was proud of those who supported her in achieving the award. She also competed in and won many awards in the Special Games of Ability events.

Kathy enjoyed the simple things in life. Her time at Big Horn Enterprises were filled with enjoyment that allowed her to live life to the fullest and explore many new opportunities. She made new friends, traveled, and developed a broader vocabulary. She always greeted her loved ones with a smile and open arms, but if you did something wrong, she would tell you by shaking her finger at you. She loved just being with her family and taking care of her "babies," — her dolls.
Kathy is survived by her mother Irene of Lovell, her sister Sharon (Lyman) Sammons of Lovell, nephews Ty Sammons of Byron, Kyle Sammons of Rock Springs and her niece Keri Sammons of Lovell, and her friends and family at Big Horn Enterprises. She was preceded in death by her father, Rudy.

Memorial services will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lovell on Friday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be sent to Irene Ley in care of Sharon Sammons at 709 Lane 11 in Lovell.

Thompson Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

March 23, 2008 4:27 am

Margaret Richardson

(Feb. 28, 1945 - March 21, 2008)

Margaret Dana Richardson died suddenly in her home in Powell on Friday, March 21. She was 63.

A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at the First United Methodist Church in Powell.
She was born Feb. 28, 1945, in Lovell to Evagene (Davis) and Robert Richardson. She shared her birthday with both her father and paternal grandfather. She celebrated her most recent birthday in Tucson, Ariz., cheering for her beloved Colorado Rockies.

Margaret graduated from Lovell High School and the University of Wyoming. She began her teaching career in Sheridan and then continued it in Powell for 31 years. She loved outdoor activities and was a downhill and cross-country skier, golfer, hiker, and camper. Throughout school she was an active Girl Scout and camp counselor. She was Past Honored Queen of Job's Daughter's Bethel 29 in Lovell and was also a member of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association, Delta Kappa Gamma and Alpha Chi Omega.

Margaret was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and served her Lord every day through her kind thoughts and deeds. Unkind words never crossed her lips. She surrounded herself with humor and joy.

She is survived by one sister, Jane Richardson; a brother-in-law, Dennis Hejduk; a nephew Robert Martinez; a great niece, Cassidy Lyn Martinez; an uncle; numerous cousins; hundreds of former students; and her three kittens.
Memorials may be made to Margaret's favorite charities: Caring for Powell Animals, Powell Valley Healthcare Diabetic Support Group, Lovell Library Building Fund, Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center, or the Crosswalk Christian Library.

Thompson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

March 21, 2008 4:25 am

Esther L. Curran

(Feb. 11, 1934 - March 20, 2008)

Esther L. Curran , mother of Wendy Miller of Riverton, died Thursday, March 20, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. She was 74 years old.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held this summer in Lewistown, Mont.
Esther Louise Gremaux was born on Feb. 11, 1934, in Lewistown, Mont., the youngest of seven children of Emil Constant Gremaux and Edith Mae (Barney) Gremaux.

She graduated early from high school and attended the University of Montana, where she met John Gordon Curran. Mr. Curran earned his accounting degree, became a certified public accountant, and they were married in July, 1952.
Mr. Curran was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and the newlyweds were stationed in San Diego, Calif. Their first daughter, Wendy, was born there.

Family and employment caused the Currans to move back to the Wyoming/Montana area and they settled in Billings. They had two sons and another daughter there.

Mr. Curran was killed in an automobile accident in 1965. Mrs. Curran returned to school and earned a teaching degree and later, a master's degree in education at Eastern Montana College in Billings. She found employment in Powell, and taught English and language arts for over 20 years.

After retiring from teaching, Mrs. Curran moved to Fountain Hills, Ariz., to be close to family and "to live the big city life." Her family said she spent countless hours cooking, decorating, playing bridge, quilting, reading, and enjoying her grandchildren. Mrs. Curran returned to Montana when her health caused her to require more help from family and friends.
In addition to her daughter Wendy Miller and her husband David of Riverton, Mrs. Curran is survived by her sons, Steve Curran and his wife Linda of Brinnon, Wash., and John Curran and his wife Suzanne of Monument, Colo.; two sisters, Pauline Niehuus of Kalispell, Mont., and Margaret Svejkovsky of Bozeman, Mont.; seven grandchildren, Andrew, Scott, Brett and Amy Miller, Ben Emily and Danny Curran.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon and a daughter Tracy; three brothers, Jim Gremaux, Ed Gremaux and Alec Gremaux, and one sister, Eva Thielman.

On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

March 20, 2008 4:24 am

Charles Charlie Evan Lambdin

(Nov. 20, 1922 - March 18, 2008)

World War II purple heart recipient Charles “Charlie” Evan Lambdin, 85, Powell, died at North Big Horn County Hospital March 18, 2008, after fighting cancer.

Charlie, to his friends, was born Nov. 20, 1922, in Danville, Kan., to Otto Lambdin and Bertha Smythisler.
Charlie graduated from high school in Carmi, Ill., and then joined the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Bunker Hill when it was attacked by kamikazes. Charlie earned a purple heart when a piece of shrapnel nearly took his life.
Following service during World War II, Charlie moved to Powell. He married Myra “Billie” Lorena Hall and the couple spent 50 happy years together.

Charlie belonged to the Experimental Aircraft Club and loved to “play” on his computer.

Charlie is survived by his sisters, Ruth of Virginia; Lucille (Ned) LeBlanc of Louisiana; Betty (Ray) Collins of Virginia; sons Charles P. of Florida; George (Marian) Lambdin of Cody; six grandchildren and his beloved dog, Jake.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie; son, Craig, parents, Otto and Bertha; brothers, George; Thomas and Eugene.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.

March 18, 2008 4:23 am

Joel Raymond Pennington

(June 18, 1969 - March 17, 2008)

Joel Raymond Pennington of Byron, tragically died Monday March 17, from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was 38.

Joel was born on June 18, 1969, in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. He obtained his BS degree from Western Michigan University, majoring in sociology with a double minor in business management and music.

First and foremost Joel was a loving, dedicated husband and father. He also had a passion for playing the keyboard, piano, and composing. Most recently he played the keyboard in the Power Up service at the First United Methodist Church in Powell. As a man of many talents, he excelled in computer technology and applied this in personal projects as well as his career as a business analyst, most recently for United Health Care.

He was a resident of Longmont, Colo., for five years and moved to Byron, in 2007.
Joel is survived by his wife, Rebekah Sellers of Byron, two daughters, Diane Sellers and Brooke Pennington of Byron, his parents, Richard and Talitha Pennington of Sterling Heights, Mich., a sister, Vera Pennington, and niece, Anna Pennington of Grand Rapids, Mich.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services were held Tuesday, March 25 at First United Methodist Church in Powell.
A trust has been established for Diane Sellers and Brooke Pennington at First National Bank and Trust in Powell.
Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary in Billings, Mont., was in charge of arrangements and condolences for the family may be left at www.michelottisawyers.com

March 17, 2008 4:22 am

Victoria G. Hernandez

(Dec. 23, 1915 - March 17, 2008)

Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, March 19 at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for Victoria G. Hernandez, 92, who died Monday, March 17 at her Powell home. Father Glen Szezechowski officiated at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Victoria was born Dec. 23, 1915, in Salmanca, Mexico, daughter of Jose and Avelina Gutierrez. She married Jesus P. Hernandez.

She was a long-time cafeteria worker at Powell High School. A member of the Catholic Church, she was fond of crafts.
Survivors include sons Jesse Hernandez of Powell and Victor Abarca of Idaho Falls, Idaho; daughters Marina Hernandez of Powell, Louise Gutierrez of Idaho Falls and Connie Hernandez of Dubois, Idaho; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Gutierrez of California, Guadalupe Gonzales of Powell and Ramona Montoya of Powell; 23 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus; her son, Refugio Hernandez; and her daughters, Josie Moreno, Ramona Hernandez, Christine Winters and Mary Jesse Weatland.

Pallbearers at the funeral included Erick Marquez, Juan Luis Marquez, Jr., Agustin Vasquez, George Riddle Jr., Roy Garza and Jaime Abarca. Honorary pallbearers were David Santiago Delgado, Juan Luis Marquez, Sr., Kristopher Lewis, Gilbert Garza and Anthony Joseph Hernandez.

Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

March 17, 2008 4:20 am

Jennifer Roy

(Nov. 29, 1931 - March 9, 2008)

Former nurse practitioner at Powell Nursing Home and Northwest College student health program organizer, Jennifer Roy, 76, died on March 9, 2008 in Salemtowne, Oregon.
She was born Nov. 29, 1931.

A Scotswoman who trained in the United States, Jennifer worked in a variety of communities across the country, concluding her career at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, from 1987 to her retirement in 1996.
Retirement did not slow Jennifer. After leaving Willamette, she studied Spanish and opened a part-time practice at La Clinica Medical Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Salem.

Jennifer loved to travel, share opera with friends, discuss books and politics and play her flute. She swam recreationally and was a fierce competitor in pickleball.

She is survived by family in Scotland, Australia, Nevada and a circle of friends around the world.
Jennifer shared her spirited sense of humor, love and her joy of life with many people and will be solely missed.
A celebration of Jennifer's life was held on March 19 at Willamette University's Core Chapel in Waller Hall. A reception followed in two dining rooms at the university.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name were made to the La Clinica Medical Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Salem.

March 09, 2008 4:19 am

Richard Wardell Busteed

(Feb. 1, 1927 - March 8, 2008)

Funeral services will be Friday, March 14 at 11 a.m. at the Cowley LDS meeting house for Richard (Dick) Wardell Busteed, 81, who died Saturday, March 8.

He was born Feb. 1, 1927, to Daphne Wardell and Richard Busteed in Cody. After high school, Dick joined the U.S. Navy and served three years.

He was honorably discharged and then met and married Shirley Ann Lewis Aug. 5, 1949. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 30, 1992.

Dick was a successful brick mason for over 40 years, meeting and making friends all over the West. From childhood, he loved making and flying model airplanes. In retirement, he made airplanes and shipped them to modelers from California to Pennsylvania.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he served in the Family History Library with his wife, as an executive secreatary in the Cowley First Ward and a faithful home teacher.
He is survived by his wife Shirley; four daughters, Becky Rae (Ralph) Knippel, Eva (Morgan) Sayes, Karen (Randall) Peterson and Lynne (Kevin) Hall; one son, Riuchard Lewis (Diane) Busteed; 18 grandchidlren and 21 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by a sister, Blanche (Bob) Johnson.

Burial will be in the Cowley Cemetery under the direction of Haskell Funeral Home.

March 08, 2008 4:18 am

Beverly June Sheets

(July 28, 1931 - March 6, 2008)

Lifelong Powell resident Beverly June Sheets, 76, died Thursday, March 6 at the Powell Valley Care Center, surrounded by her family.

She was born July 28, 1931, at the old Whitlock Hospital on Avenue C in Powell to Horal Bryan (Jake) and Maggie Lou (Ewalt) Sheets. She attended school in Powell and lived on the family homestead on the Willwood, working hard at helping her parents with the farm.

Beverly always raised a large garden, and each year she raised a variety of gladiolas and iris.
In her early teens, Beverly was treated for depression and suffered with it throughout her life. In 1970, she moved into town with her parents after they sold the farm.

In 1984, 10 years after the death of her mother in 1974, she and her father moved back to the Willwood into a trailer house behind the home of her sister, Dixie. Within one month, her father became ill and was moved to the Powell Nursing Home. He lived there for three years until his death in 1985. She resided at the trailer for 18 years, until she moved to the Powell Valley Care Center for treatment of diabetes in 2002.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed her pet cats, playing cards (especially bridge), games and puzzles, math, painting, playing the piano, reading and watching TV and movies. She was always interested in each extended family member.
Survivors include her sister, Dixie Lou Olsen of Powell; brother, Charles S. (Mary) Sheets of Lovell; sister Janet (Larry) Strait of Santa Ana, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was especially close to her nephews, Christopher (deceased) and Mark Esterholt.

Funeral services will be today (Tuesday) at 11 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home, with a viewing from 10:30-11 a.m. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be sent to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

March 06, 2008 4:17 am

Grady Lloyd Fannin

(Aug. 3, 1910 - March 3, 2008)

Rev. Grady Lloyd Fannin, 97, died on March 3, 2008.

In 1978, Grady opened an Assembly of God church in Meeteetse that served the community for 20 years. Prior to that, he had a successful career serving the Assembly ministry in northeastern states and the Assembly's Teen Challenge.
Grady was born August 13, 1910 in Cottle County, Texas, one of seven children to Ozell and Jess Fannin.
Grady spent many years of his youth traveling with his family between Texas to California.
He is a graduate of the Berean Bible Institute in San Diego, Calif. In 1932, he was asked to pastor the Assembly of God church in Brawley, Calif.

He married Lucile Hall, of Chula Vista, Calif., in September of 1932. Lucile was also a graduate of Berean Bible Institute.
After preaching at several churches in southern California, Grady and his family move to New England in 1947. Grady was pastor at two New England churches until he was voted as superintendent of six New England states and the family moved to the district office in Framingham, Mass. Later the six states were divided into two districts. Grady was elected superintendent of the Northern New England district in 1957 and the family moved to Laconia, N.H.
During his superintendent tenure, Grady was invited to speak at the Assembly of God 1959 General Council in San Antonio, Texas. At the session he was elected non-resident executive to represent the northeaster region Assembly of God governing board in the United States.

In 1961 Grady joined David Wilkerson, founder of Teen Challenge, a ministry focusing on rescuing youth lost to drugs and gangs. According to a federally-funded survey, Teen Challenge was responsible for helping more teenagers than any other organization in the United States. Teen Challenge has since expanded to help youth throughout the world.
In 1962, Grady was asked to open a second Teen Challenge in Chicago. In 1965, Grady took over the Teen Challenge Center in San Francisco. In 1967, he began working for Teen Challenge in the field, helping youth in the United States and parts of Canada. Grady and Lucile both worked as Teen Challenge evangelists until Grady's retirement in 1975.
Although retired, Grady never lost his ministerial enthusiasm and heart.

In 1978, Grady opened an Assembly of God church in Meeteetse.

Lucile passed on in 1999 and Grady joined her this month.

Grady is survived by his daughters, Elaine Merz, Meeteetse; Gwen Fannin, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; one sister, Jaunita Wimberly, Bakersfield, Calif.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration and memorial service will be held at the Community Church in Meeteetse, Saturday, March 15, at 2:30 p.m. A simple graveside service was held at Meeteetse Cemetery on March 4.