Obituaries: Mora, Barnes, Higday, Apel

Orville F. Mora

Orville F. Mora, age 62, passed away on Saturday December 1,2018 at his home in Casper. He was born January 20,1956 in Casper Wyoming to Francisco (Frank) Mora, of Mora,New Mexico and Mabel Roybal of Costilla New,Mexico. Orville worked for the City of Casper for 25 years until his retirement. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles were his hobby and he enjoyed working on them.

He is survived by his mother Mabel Hernandez ( Roybal), one daughter Jessica Mora of Texas. Four sisters, Norma Medina of Casper, Virginia Fuentes of Casper, Yolonda Soto of Longmont, and Consuelo Hernandez of Gering and one brother Henry Mora of Casper . He is also survived by three grandchildren Morgan McCain, Brianna Valdez ,and Jackie Skinner, along with 3 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father Frank Mora, one daughter Victoria Mora, and grandparents.

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Mary Margaret Markward Barnes

Mary Margaret Markward Barnes passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018, following her husband, Tom; son, Loring; and sisters, Pat and Fran. Mary was born October 1, 1916, in Kansas City, MO. She was the oldest daughter of Frank Austin and Magdalen L. Markward. They moved to Casper in 1926. Mary attended Park Elementary and McKinley Junior High, graduating from Natrona County High School in 1936. She worked for her dad until marrying Tom on February 21, 1941. In 1960, while raising their sons Loring and Mark, Mary accepted a secretarial position at Fort Casper School. She retired in 1976. Joined by friends and family, Mary and Tom took many trips through the U.S. and Canada, even taking a trip to England in 1987. She was an avid Bridge player and belonged to Beta Sigma Phi.

A member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church since the age of ten, she taught Sunday School and mailed the church letter for over thirty years.

Mary is survived by her son, Mark Barnes of League City, TX; grandchildren, Carmen, Summer, and Micah; and great grandchildren, Isiah, Madison, Marissa, Zachariah, and Garrett.

A visitation will be held from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018, at Newcomer Casper Chapel, 710 East Second, Casper, WY 82601. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 701 S. Wolcott St., Casper, WY 82601. Interment will follow at Wyoming Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church would be greatly appreciated.


Susanne M. Higday

Susanne M. Higday passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, WY.

Susanne was born July 14, 1934, in Long Island, NY to Mary and John Montello.

When she was 12 years old her mother loaded her and her siblings into a car and moved to California. There she picked potatoes and threw them into bushel baskets that were then dumped into large bags. Once the potatoes were in the shed, they were dumped onto shakers. The little potatoes would fall through the holes and she was allowed to take the culls home for their use. She said they ate a lot of potatoes when she was growing up.

She also picked fruit as well as several other jobs. She laughed when she shared about being an usherette in the theater because she had to wear long purple pants.

It was in San Jose where she met the love of her life. She married Jim Higday on July 21, 1951. They loved to travel and attended several events throughout the country including The Grand Olde Opry, Reno Air Races, Gilroy Garlic Festival and Bishop Mule Days and they did some motorcycle touring.
Susanne also loved to visit her California family. She painted houses with her sister, Margaret, enjoyed time in Discovery Bay with her brother, John and many smiles and laughs with her nieces and nephews. One year she and Margaret took a trip to Long Island to locate the house where they use to live. They found the family house and also took in a baseball game while they were there.

She was a dedicated Bingo Player and well known at the Troopers Bingo Hall. In July she celebrated her 84th birthday with all of her family and friends enjoying an evening of bingo.

Susanne volunteered at the Wyoming Medical Center for many years. She loved delivering books and magazines to the patients. She also enjoyed working in the maternity ward welcoming new parents and their babies. She was proud of the pin she received for logging 3000 service hours.

Another activity she enjoyed was assisting Elizabeth Jennings in her classes at Cottonwood Elementary from 2007-2014. Each year for Christmas she made each student a special gift. Her airplanes made from lifesavers and other candy were always a hit.

She was an avid football fan and looked forward to watching the Broncos play.

Susanne is survived by her husband, Jim Higday; children, Ruth Sisk (Doug), Rapid City, SD, Mary Rager (Jerry), Casper, WY, Deborah Osborne (Richard), Sanford, FL and James Garth Higday, Bakersfield, CA; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and seven grand-furs; one brother, John Montello (Phuong), Discovery Bay, CA; several nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Margaret DenBeste, and three brothers: Bill Montello, Richard Montello and Andrew Montello.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the Newcomer Funeral Home (710 East Second St.) in Casper on Saturday December 8th at 2:00 pm. Following the service friends and family are invited to share stories and snacks at the home of Mary and Jerry Rager, 2610 Lynn Lane.


Clarisse Valerie Apel

Clarisse Valerie Apel passed away Saturday at 11:25 p.m., December 1, 2018 at the Central Wyoming Hospice Home in Casper, WY.

Clarisse was born September 3rd 1955, in Seattle, Washington to Edith and John Gallegos

She graduated from Jefferson H.S. in 1973. She shared some memories of her high school white water rafting trip down the Colorado River. She was so “green” at camping that one of the teachers asked her to go get the “wind shifter” from the other campfire so they could shift the wind the other direction. She was sent from campfire to campfire to no avail. But she always was a good sport.

After her sister, Juli graduated from Jefferson H.S. in 1979, Clare took her on a vacation to Mazatlan, Mexico. They ate exotic food, drank beer & wine, stuck their toes in the sand and water on the Pacific coast. Exploring they ended up in a bar on the wrong side of town which led to an adventure with Isadoro & Ricardo, who befriended them, at the local bullfights.

She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She taught for many years in Jefferson County schools.

During that time she married Alan A. Apel, a long time acquaintance from college. They traveled through out Europe and were wed in Gretna Green, Scotland partly because Clare loved historical romances. It just so happened that it was the same day as Prince Charles and Princess Diana married. She traveled to Austria to see where her maternal grandparents had lived before they immigrated to the United States in a village high on a mountain side near the Italian border. They saw Greece, Germany and several other places over the years. She liked taking photographs, loved art in it’s many forms and music played a big role in her life.

She was divorced about 1985 and returned home from California. Later she moved to Wyoming where Juli and Clare found time to go on another trip together to Seattle, Washington in 1997. They stayed in a bed & breakfast over looking the Puget Sound. Boarding a ferry to the San Juan Islands and took a wild ride around the island on scooters; ending at quaint restaurant where they tasted different types of brandy with several types of chocolate that blended together for a new treat.

Clare began to have mental struggles in her later years and physical challenges with her emphysema and C.O.P.D. Like everything in her life, there were many trials and tribulations but she worked hard, played hard, and fought to the very end. We love her very much and we were glad to see peace on her face when she left this earth.

Clarisse is survived by her 3 siblings, Juli (Gallegos)Groves, Debi (Gallegos)Barbich, & Rodney Gallegos. She has 5 nephews & nieces (Tyson Barbich, Jonathan Gallegos, Riki (Barbich) Cash, Christina Gallegos, & Sydney Groves. There are 4 grand nieces & grand nephews; Katerina & Logan Barbich, Jade & Justin Cash.

She was proceeded in death by her parents.