Carol Jean Severson Richter


(July 6, 2004)

Funeral services for Carol Severson Richter, 40, Cody, who died Tuesday, July 6 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Mont., from cancer, will be Friday, July 9 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cody.

She was born Sept. 20, 1963, in Williston, N.D., to Kenny and Janette (Jacobson) Severson. She attended school in Williston before moving to Cody in September, 1971. She graduated from Cody High School in 1981 and attended Northwest College in Powell the following year.

On Dec. 3, 1988, she married Richard Richter, originally from Inverness, Mont. Throughout their marriage, Carol worked at Y-Tex Corp. in Cody.

She was dedicated to the activities of her children in bowling, Girl and Boy Scouts, Sunday School and softball. She was an avid Denver Bronco fan and a Dale Jarrett race fan. She also loved George Strait's music.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Cody. She enjoyed her Bonko Club with her longtime friends, Cheryl Lawson, Susie Wooten, Carol Sutton, Betsy Payseno, Karen Moore and Donna Sutton. Some of her friends lovingly called her "Martha."

Carol had red curly hair which she lost several times in her five-year fight against cancer. Her hair and cancer always came back despite several operations, chemotherapy and radiation. She always said, "I'm OK."

Survivors include her husband, Rich; children Kayla and Kenny; her mother, Janette (Duane) Ahmann of Minot, N.D.; sister Janelle (Bill) Garaas and niece Kristi (Scott) Vaughn of Cody; great-nephews Alex, Tyler and Matthew Vaughn; great-niece Kendall Ann Vaughn; great-nephew Christian Garaas; uncles A.J. (Barbara) Guilmain of Cody, Bob Severson of Powell, Lloyd (Charlotte) Severson of Silverton, Ore.; Darrell (Kay) Severson of Glendale, Calif.; cousins, Steve Guilmain of cody, Sherri (Chris) Kimball of New Hampshire, Rod (Donna) Guilman of Virginia, John Jacobson, Debbie Jacobson, Stanley Jacobson and Becky Campeau of Grand Junction, Colo., Donna Severson and Bruce Severson of Napa, Calif., Marlene Severson of Tucson, Ariz., Stacey (Bill) Ortloff of Berthold, N.D., Troy (Ushi) Severson, Charlene (Tom) Schuh, Diane (Loren) Pease, Tod (Colleen) Severson and Tami Anderson, Alex (Anna) Jacobson, Phillip (Janni) Jacobson, Susan (Peter) Davidson, Brenda (Robin) Larsen and Jill (Reyes) Urrutia; aunts, Margaret Severson of Napa, Calif., Peggy Greenshields of Washington, Naomi Jacobson of Harrison, Utah; step-brother, Robert (Jane) Ahmann and Ashley Ahmann of Rochester, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ken; brother, Kendall; grandparents, Clarence and Hilda Severson and Holton and Minnie Jacobson; cousin, Danny Severson; uncles, Harold and Richard Jacobson, Doug and Donnie Severson; aunts, Mary Lois Jacobson and Gloria Guilmain.

Burial will follow the Friday services in Riverside Cemetery. Visitations will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Ballard Funeral Home.

For those who wish, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.