Jean D. Webster


(April 21, 1931 - April 30, 2017)

Jean D. Webster, 86, of Meeteetse, died April 30, 2017, at West Park Hospital, surrounded by generations of her family who loved and respected her. 

Jean was born in Dillon, Montana, on April 21, 1931, to Bertie and Warren Dufur. As a young girl, she moved to Meeteetse, where she attended school.

She met her future husband, the love of her life, Dan Webster. She and Dan were married on May 1, 1951.

After having two girls, Carol and Linda, their family was complete. To this day, the girls admire their parents’ incredible ability to work side by side over many years. They truly were a remarkable couple and loved each other deeply.

Jean poured her heart and soul into the Webster Ranch for 50 years and was a crucial part of the ranch’s success. She worked hard her entire life, doing countless jobs with a matter-of-fact, no-nonsense attitude. She kept gardens, canned, processed beef, raised, butchered, and processed her own chickens, cooked, sewed, kept her house and property in pristine condition; and loved and cared for her family.

Jean did all this without complaint. Jean’s personal philosophy was, “Hope for the best, expect the worse, and take what comes.”

Jean’s kitchen was always open and she never let anyone leave hungry. She was known for her homemade gravy, grits and her famous carrot cookies.

In 2000, Jean and Dan built a home and moved off of the ranch, choosing to stay in their hometown of Meeteetse.

She was active in the Episcopal church and managed the thrift shop for several years.

Heartbroken by her loss, her family is trying to take her advice and “make the best of it,” but the truth is, Jean will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Webster, and sister, Merle Rousseau.

She is survived by sisters Nada (Mervin) Larsen and Midge Craig; daughters, Carol (Randy) Shepard and Linda W Johnson; grandchildren, Alan (Janene) Lawler, Ryan (Anne) Lawler, Todd (Brandi) Shepard, and Dana (Aaron) Kayser; great-grandchildren, and numerous relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody on May 11 at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations can be sent to the charity of your choice.