Carol Lea Showers

Carol Lea Showers: 1963 – 2023

Born to Jerry R and Betty M Brown on January 4th, 1963. Carol was the third of five children. She grew up in Casper, Graduated Natrona County High School in 1981.

She married David D. Bean and had 3 children(Rebecca, Ryan, Robert). Later, she married Kevin D Showers, adding 2 bonus children (Angela and Andrew) and having a daughter (Andria) together. They moved to Gillette, where they owned and operated Eagle Communications for many years.

They moved to Oregon in 2012. This is where Carol found her love for the beach. 

Carol was a caring and loving person. She would always find the good in people. She loved walking the beach and collecting shells and agates to polish. She had made a large and loving impression on all she had met. Carol lost her battle with progressive lung cancer on January 26th.

She is preceded to heaven by her father Jerry and brother Gary.

Carol is survived by her mother(Betty), Brothers Steven (Robin)Brown, Russell (Lesa) Brown, Her sister Tammy (Dennis) Hacker, Her children Rebecca (Buddy) Felton, Ryan (Lisa) Bean, Robert Bean, Angela (Justin) Steele, Andrew Showers, and Andria Showers, Grandchildren Chaz and Maddie, Chrisama, Serenity, Mason, Brentley, Adelyn and Aria.

There are two services for Carol; one in Newport, Oregon, on February 22, at 1 p.m. at Fogarty Beach. The next one in Casper, Wyoming, on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Church God Of Prophecy 2000 S Washington Street at 11 a.m., with lunch following.

Melinda Lynn Graveman

Melinda Lynn Graveman: 1964 – 2023

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Melinda Lynn Graveman, who left this world on January 31, 2023. Melinda was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend whose love, kindness, and gentle spirit touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.

Linda was born on February 29, 1964, a leap year. Although her birthday only came around every four years, she lived every day to the fullest. Her passions included gardening, fishing, and cooking, and she took great joy in sharing these activities with her family and friends.

But Linda’s life was not without its share of heartache. She was devastated by the loss of her daughter Katie, who passed away before her at a young age. Katie was Linda’s pride and joy and the light of her life. The pain of her loss was a burden that Melinda carried with her every day, and it only made her love for her family and friends stronger.

Despite the challenges life threw her way, Linda remained a pillar of strength and an inspiration to all who knew her. Her garden was her sanctuary, where she could find peace and serenity amid the chaos of the world. Her love for fishing was a reminder of the importance of slowing down and enjoying life’s simple pleasures. And her cooking reflected her generous spirit and desire to bring others joy.

Linda is survived by her two sons, Jess and TJ Graveman, and her many grandchildren, Taylor, Bailey, Jesse, Jadyen, Joryn, Gaige, and Journie, and her sisters, Melanie, Carrie, and Jamie, who she adored and cherished. She will always be remembered for her kindness, grace, and unwavering love for her family.

As per Linda’s final wishes, we will unite privately to honor her life and celebrate her memory this spring. We will share stories of her warmth, kindness, and generosity and remember the joy and beauty she brought to our lives.

Following her request, we will plant a tree with her and Katie’s ashes, so they can grow together and provide beauty to the world, just as she did in her lifetime. This tree symbolizes her enduring love and her bond with her beloved daughter.

Although our hearts are heavy with grief, we find comfort in knowing that her love and spirit will live on through the beauty of this tree. May it serve as a reminder of her unwavering love for her family and friends and the warmth she brought into our lives.

Rest in peace, Mom. You are reunited with your beloved daughter Katie, and your memory will forever be cherished by all those whose lives you touched.

Jennie Close

Jennie Close: 1961 – 2023

Jennie Ann Close, 61, of Evansville, beloved mother, sister, daughter, and friend, passed away on January 20, 2023.

Ms. Close was born June 5, 1961, in Sheridan, Wyoming, the daughter of Kathryn (Martinez) Close and Richard L. Close.

She attended high school in Mesa, Arizona, where she graduated with honors. After graduation, she went on to have many adventures, including riding and racing dirt bikes and other motorcycles, skydiving, dancing, playing and listening to music, flying small airplanes, working with horses, repairing car engines, taking in homeless animals, traveling, and learning countless things along the way. During her life, she made many friends.

She lived in Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri, but always returned home to Wyoming, living in Laramie and Cheyenne as well as Sheridan and Evansville. She traveled extensively in the United States and visited a few other countries, and eventually settled in Evansville, where she raised her son Joey and several horses, dogs, cats, lizards, and many miscellaneous creatures.

From the time she was a very small child, she was always passionate about horses. She shared her life with many horses, and took the time to learn natural hoof care and trimming. She offered her services through her business Wyldest Dreams: Bare your Sole Natural Hoof Trimming. She was also involved in rescuing and training wild horses and helping them find homes. She shared her love of horses with her community and was always willing to offer a helping hand.

In addition to her son, Joey Thies, she is survived by her loyal companion Zeke, her sisters Cristie Hubbard (Mark) of Kissimmee, FL, and Bonnie Close (Ken Gierke) of Jefferson City, MO, and nieces and nephews Austin Hubbard (Tamaris) of Seymour, TN, Zachary Hubbard of Quaker Hill, CT, Lydia Reznicek of Jefferson City, MO, Julia Reznicek of Jefferson City, MO, and great nephew Leo Hubbard of Seymour, TN, as well as extended family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Kathryn Close and Richard L. Close, and her grandparents, Frank and Jemma Martinez, Lelah Yount, and Gerald Close.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.