Lillian Wagner


(Jan. 21, 2001)

Graveside memorial servides will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Deaver Cemetery for Lillian Wagner, 89-year-old Powell resident who died at the Powell Hospital Sunday, Jan. 21.

Bishop Leroy Collins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Lovell Third Ward will officiate.

She was born March 28, 1911, in Fort Rice, S.D., to Lawrence and Mary King. She traveled with the family-owned carnival which is now the Meeker Shows out of Tacoma, Wash. She had many stories and experiences to tell the children as they grew up. In 1980, Meeker Shows was featured in the movie, "Bronco Billy," starring Clint Eastwood. She later moved to the family ranch near Penrose.

She married William Wagner in Billings, Mont., on Jan. 19, 1943. They moved to Lovell where they made their home. Three sons were born, Landal and Jurn and Joseph, who died at birth.

In 1993, she moved to the Powell Nursing Home to be with her husband after ill health made it impossible for her to care for him.

She was a devoted wife and good mother to her boys. She loved raising a big garden and canning for the family. She was proud of her big strawberry patch and also enjoyed needlework. Her greatest joy was making rag rugs, often in the shape of different animals.

Survivors include her two sons, Landal Wagner of Evanston and Jurn Wagner and wife Gayle of Worland; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, one sister and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Joseph; three brothers and three sisters. Memorials may be made to the Powell Nursing Home in care of Bryant Funeral Home, Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.