Verlee W. Borcher


(September 6, 2002)

Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, Sept. 10) at the First United Methodist Church in Powell for Verlee W. Borcher, 73, who died Friday, Sept. 6 at her Powell home.

She was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Jacksonville, Iowa, daughter of Elmer S. and Maggie Lee (Shelor) Walters. She moved to the Powell Valley at the age of 6 with her parents, who homesteaded on the Willwood Division of the Shoshone Reclamation Project.

About that same time, the Borcher family also homesteaded on the Willwood, and they were close neighbors. Verlee was fond of saying that she fell in love with Richard Borcher and planned to marry him when she was 6 years old, and the love story lasted through 56 beautiful years of marriage.

Verlee married Richard G. Borcher on March 9, 1946, in Billings, Mont. They farmed on North Willwood until about 1958 when the couple moved their family to Deaver. They lived, worked and farmed there until their retirement in 1998, when they moved back to the Powell area.

Her happiest times were spent preparing huge, delicious holiday meals for her family. Besides raising her children, perhaps Verlee's most important accomplishment was the weekly, all faith welcomed, Bible study she held in her Deaver home for over 13 years. She loved her God, her husband, her children, family, friends and home in that order. She loved life.

Survivors include her husband, Richard of Powell; her children, Carol Addy and husband Dave of Bigwater, Utah, Lynn Borcher and wife Kathy of Powell, Ken Borcher and wife Debbie of Powell, Gene Borcher and wife Rhonda of Powell, and Kathy Nies and husband Jim of Gillette; her brother, Gale S. Walters and wife Bobbie of Centralia, Wash.; her sister, Donna Muecke and husband Gerhard of Powell; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Powell Valley Hospice at 777 Avenue H, Powell, WY 82435, or to cancer research.