Carma Jean (Spomer) Simon


(Jan. 19, 2001)

Graveside services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell for a former Powell resident, Carma Jean (Spomer) Simon, 64, who died Friday, Jan. 19 at the Powell Nursing Home.

Memorial services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Thermopolis, with Pastor John Christensen officiating.

She was born Nov. 10, 1936, at Kane, to Benhart Hei Spomer and Katharine (Miller) Spomer. She was a graduate of Powell High School in 1955 and then attended flight attendant training in San Francisco, Calif.

On April 26, 1958, she and David Clarence Simon were married in Powell. For over 40 years, they owned and operated Simon's Welding and Repair in Billings, Mont., and then in Thermopolis where they moved the business.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Thermopolis and active with the Lutheran Women Missionary League, St. Paul's Lutheran Prayer Group, ESA Sorority, The Lunch Bunch, Aide Association for Lutherans, the St. Paul's Building Committee and St. Paul's Choir.

Her hobbies included attending auction sales and having lunch at the stockyards, collecting snow-babies and sterling salt and pepper shakers, gardening, doing counted cross-stitch projects and bragging about her grandson. She was also a member of the Thermopolis Booster Club and was a valued volunteer for many organizations. Most recently, she completed courses at Central Wyoming College, maintaining an A grade point average.

Her special place was Virginia City, Mont., and she loved touring the mansions.

Survivors include her son, Benhart Joseph Simon of Thermopolis; daughter Staci Joy Gillilan and husband Andrew J. of Nightmute, Alas.; mother Katharine Spomer of Powell; brothers John Spomer and wife Diane and Dale Spomer and wife Joy, both of Powell, and Carl Spomer and wife Judi of Thermopolis; sisters Donna Menning and husband Clem of Powell and Brenda Ruckman and husband Bob of Henderson, Nev.; grandson Kane David J Gillilan of Nightmute, Alas., and sister-in-law Shirley Spomer of Atlanta, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David C. Simon in 1996; her father, Benhart Spomer in 1986 and a brother, Dan Spomer.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Northern Rockies Cancer Center at 1041 N. 29th, Billings, MT, the American Cancer Society, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Thermopolis or a charity of choice.