Obituaries: Williams, Wallace, Hays

Sara Rose Williams

Our amazing Sara Rose, 36, went to be with her heavenly father on March 12, 2019. We all know that she was met with open arms by her mother Tammy, brother Bob, Aunt Sherri, grandparents, cousins, and we can’t forget Remmington Steel Williams Miskimins. 

Sara brought radiance to the world when she was born to Sam and Tammy Williams on July 19th, 1982. She grew up in Casper and graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 2000. She went on to attend college and pursued a career in the medical field for most of her adult life. As anyone knows her passion was always helping others.

Sara’s ability to make people smile and light up the room was evident from the very beginning. She loved to joke, push the line, then joke some more. Her sense of humor, which was very similar to her dad’s, and infectious laugh, could instantly warm a heart and bring joy to any situation. Her selflessness and compassion for others would be two of her defining traits. These awesome sets of character were some of the things that made her so magnetic, and made so many people like family. As her friend Jessica said recently: to know Sara is to love her.

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Ultimately Sara became part of a 7 sister pack with bonds that will never be broken. Tressa, Pearl, Kristian, Ricki, Karey, Dezerae and were such a big part of her life, and she held their shared experiences in a most special place in her heart. They were absolutely some of the biggest influences in her life, and provided insight when she had to make tough decisions. These ladies gave her strength. 

In her early 20’s, long after becoming the self-proclaimed limbo princess at the Wagon Wheel, she became a mother which is something she always dreamed of. Her baby boy, Trystin Riley, and Elizabeth Grace, her “saving grace”, immediately brought fulfilment to her life. Their very existence is what kept her going during any tough time she came up against in life. Every day she thought about and prayed for them to have the best life possible. She would always say that they are her greatest accomplishment, and loved them to the moon and back. 143! Riley and Grace!

For the last five years, her Matty was blessed enough to have Sara call him her own. So many laughs and memories were shared that even in such a short time, they will last a lifetime until they are together again. She came to him and his family at the perfect time and was just what they all needed. She was a loved step-mother to Tristan, Kylee, Jonathan and Trinity. In the last couple of years she passionately embraced the title of Glam-ma to Bentley and BraiLynn Miskimins. 

There are so many of us that have to wait to see her beaming face again. Her parents: Sam and Donna Williams; sisters and their spouses: Tressa and Dan Petersen, Pearl and Jim Tushcling, Kristian and Reese Seiver, Ricci and Derek Smith, Carey McDonald, and Dezerea and Joey Lucchi; her beloved children: Trystin Butts, Gracie Butcher, Tristan, Kylee, Jonathan and Trinity Miskimins; her grandkids: Bentley and BraiLynn Miskimins; her love, Matt “my Matty” Miskimins; her bestie for so long Cassy Hague; 14 nieces and nephews and countless extended family members.

Everyone is welcome join us for celebration of Sara’s life at 1 pm at Highland Park Community Church in Casper on Wednesday March 20th, 2019. A reception will follow at the church to visit and remember all of the great times we have all had with Sara Rose. She lived more in 36 years than most do in a lifetime. It’s time for her to make heaven laugh for a while. 

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Eugene “Gene” S. Wallace passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Shepherd of the Valley nursing home from complications of Lewy Body Dementia. Gene was born in Casper, Wyoming, on October 30, 1952, to A. T. and Julia Wallace. He grew up in Casper and Lander, Wyoming, where his family owned the Red Canyon Cattle Ranch, south of Lander.

Gene graduated from Natrona County High School in 1971. In 1974, he married Connie Moreland, his high school sweetheart, and they have enjoyed 44 years of wonderful marriage. In 1975, Gene and Connie moved to Bozeman, Montana, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Montana State University. With degrees in hand in 1980, both Gene and Connie were employed by Conoco, and they first moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma, and later they spent eleven years in Houston, Texas. While in Houston, Gene was able to achieve a lifelong dream of attending law school and graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2002. The couple returned home to Casper in 2007, where Gene worked in the Planning Department of Natrona County before retirement in 2015. 

During his high school and college years, Gene worked as a radio disc jockey at KATI in Casper and KBMN in Bozeman and continued to enjoy music throughout his life. An avid reader, he particularly enjoyed studying the Bible and books written by his grandfather and religious scholar, Foy E. Wallace, Jr. Gene had a number of hobbies in life which included collecting “militaria”, early cavalry uniforms, saddles and equipment. He especially enjoyed army shoulder patches from World War I and II, and attended militaria shows whenever he had the opportunity. In his early years he was an expert horseman and also participated in high school rodeo, competing in bareback bronc riding. A lifelong competitive rifle shooter, Gene took part in many high-power matches with his father-in-law and friends in Texas and New Mexico. Finally, Gene had a great love for the black Labrador retrievers which were always a big part of the Wallace home.

Gene was preceded in death by his father, mother, and beloved nephew, Ian. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie; brother, Dob (Teresa); sister Pat (Ken) Anderson; brother Jeb (Jolene); nephews Graham (Kayla) and Will; and nieces Julia and Micki. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, H.B. (Nancy) Moreland; nephews Mitchell and Daniel; and niece Katherine. Two Labrador Retrievers, Annie and Blue, will mourn his loss. 

Services for Gene will be at the Newcomer Casper Chapel on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Afterwards his ashes will be interred near his parents and a nephew, Ian Anderson, at the Alva Cemetery in Alva, Wyoming. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Diabetes Association or to the Wyoming Special Olympics.

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Sue Ann Hays, 52, passed away on March 14, 2019 in Casper, Wyoming. She was born on March 8, 1967 in Denver, Colorado. 

By profession she became an Industrial Electrician. On January 8, 2012 Sue married Harold R. Geddings Jr. in Big Piney, Wyoming. 

Sue enjoyed woodworking, car collecting and sewing, spending time with her grandkids, and helping all who needed her. 

She is survived by her husband, Harold R. Geddings, Jr; sons, Dustin C. Hays and wife, Lacey; and Matthew T. Hays; daughter, Brandy M. Morrison all of Casper, Wyoming; grandchildren, Declan, Nico, Nina and Mason of Casper; mother, Judith Hays of Greeley, Colorado; sister, Vickie Rayburn of Craig, Colorado and brother, Robert Hays of Greeley. 
Sue is preceded in death by her father, Albert Hays and brother, Michael Hays both of Greeley, Colorado. 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, March 22, 2019 at Bustard’s Funeral Home in Casper with a reception to follow at Bustard’s Reception Center.