Obituaries: Olson, Humberson, Temple

Katheryn L. “Kathy” Olson

Katheryn L. “Kathy” Olson, age 69, of Casper, WY passed away April 18, 2019 at her home. Kathy was born December 6, 1949 in Lincoln, NE to Dr. William and Ann (Holscher) O’Keefe. Not long after Kathy’s birth, the O’Keefes made the move to Casper, where they would become vibrant community members. Kathy attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School, Natrona County High School, and the University of Wyoming (UW). 

Her return to Casper following UW brought her the introduction to the absolute love of her life, Gary Olson, in 1971. Following a brief courtship, Kathy and Gary married on December 18, 1971. A move to Laramie, WY to allow Gary to obtain his Master’s Degree followed, and Kathy spent her days plumping Gary up with two-sandwich lunches. After the degree was earned, Kathy and Gary returned to Casper to start a family. What followed was decades of love for her family, devotion to her friends, consistent care for her career (22 years at Crest Hill Elementary which included a birthday cookie for every child, every year, on every birthday) and building life-long friendships that she truly cherished. 

Her children, Tim, Stephanie and Matt, provided Kathy with the family she had always desired and she dedicated her life to attending countless sporting events and club activities, making each birthday important, hosting every holiday for her six siblings and their families, and generally being the mother, friend, daughter, sister and wife that all should aspire to be. In addition, she brightened many a day with her hand-written notes and thoughtful gifts, which often came unannounced. 

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The greatest joy of her life was her marriage to Gary, and their commitment to one another was surpassed only by their commitment to their children. Their life was filled with an abundance of close friendships and resulted in a deep partnership until Gary’s untimely passing in 2005. Following Gary’s loss, Kathy committed herself to planning and preparing the wedding ceremonies of her three children, and grandchildren soon followed. Her life brightened with the birth of each of her seven grandchildren. 

As the oldest of seven children, Kathy remained a devout older sibling to all five sisters and one brother, as well as her multiple nieces and nephews. Her deeply forged friendships, ranging from her St. A’s girls, to the Great Entertainers, to her Crest Hill buddies, to her Garden Girls, and her life-long best friends have offered love and adoration beyond measure. Kathy’s disdain for the Wyoming wind was offset by her love for the people of Casper, and the fondness for her neighborhood.

In addition to her parents, Kathy was preceded in death by her loving husband, Gary, along with her niece, Katie. She is survived by her son, Timothy (Anna) Olson, daughter, Stephanie (Dan) Sullivan, and son, Matthew (Andrea) Olson, as well as grandchildren, Gabriel, Claire and Isabel Olson; Finley and Margot Sullivan; and, Audrey and Hendrix Olson; as well as sisters, Genny (George) Pancratz, Peg (Mike) Doyle, Mary (Rod) Litzel, Tricia (Mick) Little and Cece (Mike) Ihnat, and brother, Bill O’Keefe.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Interfaith or Central Wyoming Hospice.


Grace Arlene Humberson

Grace Arlene Humberson was born October 31, 1922 to Henry Herbert and Lucy (Ridpath) Hill in Blockton, Iowa. She passed away April 18, 2019 in Casper, Wyoming. 

Grace was raised in Iowa and graduated from Delphos Consolidated in 1940. She worked many different jobs in Mt. Ayr, Des Moines, and Ankeny, Iowa before moving to California in 1942 where she worked in defense plants during World War II. She married Francis C. Curtis and had two children, a boy and a girl, who were lost at birth. They were divorced. She married the love of her life, Ralph C. Humberson, in 1964. Upon retirement in 1976, they moved to Story where they had built a retirement home but moved to Torrington in 1982. Following Ralph’s death in 1987 Grace move to Casper.

Grace enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading, attending church, and visiting with friends and family.

Grace is survived by step-daughter, Carolyn (Robert) Fischer; grandchildren, Lynn Fischer and Cynthia (David) Hanlan; great grandchildren, Jared and Devin Hanlan; and two nieces.

Funeral services, officiated by Pastor Lynn Williamson, will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 24 at Shepard of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 4600 S Poplar Street, Casper, Wyoming. Burial will be at 1:00 pm on Thursday, April 25 at Valley View Cemetery in Torrington, Wyoming.

Memorial donations may be made in Grace’s name to Shepard of the Hills Presbyterian Church or the Casper Senior Center, 1831 E 4th Street, Casper, WY.


Miriam Mae Temple

Miriam Mae Temple

I know how much you will miss me, I see the pain in your heart, but I am not so far away, we really aren’t apart. So be happy for me, dear ones, you know I hold you near, and be glad I’ll be spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

Miriam Mae Melcher, was born on January 9. 1935 to Henry and Anna Melcher in Mitchell, Nebraska, delivered by her Grandmother Schannaman. The family farmed in Yoder, Wyoming where Miriam went to school. She graduated from Yoder High School in 1953. In November of that year, she met and married Ted Relka. They resided in Mitchell, and later moved to Terrytown, between Scottsbluff and Gering Nebraska. In 1954, they had their first daughter, Sharon Kaye, who passed at birth. In 1957, they were blessed with another daughter, Connie Sue. In 1969, they were divorced; Miriam and Connie moved to Casper, Wyoming, to be closer to her mother, Anna Melcher, brother, Henry Jr. and sister, Lori Hinton.

Miriam worked a bookkeeper to support her daughter. In 1977, she married Rudy Temple, whom she knew from earlier years. She accepted Christ into her life as her personal savior in 1986. She was very active at Highland Park Church, participating in the choir; on missions’ boards and secretary of the woman’s group for 14 years. She was co-chairman of the Highland Park craft fair and was well known as “The Pie Lady” as she usually sold all her goodies. She cooked for many of the church functions, as it brought her joy to serve all. Her way of showing that she loved and cared for all. Christmas and Easter brought her out in the early morning, placing goodie baskets on Highland Parks’ pastor’s door steps.

In 2005, she joined the Wal-Mart East side’s family, where she worked in the garden center, making sure that the flowers were watered and displayed perfectly. She made many pies, cinnamon rolls, breads, for all her WM family to share. By this time she had started quilting and making crafts. Those who received one or more of her quilts knew that they were made with lots of love. Her reward was to bring a smile to someone’s face.
Miriam leaves behind her husband, Rudy, daughter, Connie Relka of Casper, sister, Lori Hinton, of Glenrock, and her buddy Peanut. Along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends from across the country, as she was loved by all that met her.

On Friday, April 12th, 2019, she went home to be with Jesus Christ, and reunite with her parents, Hemy and Anna, brothers, Leland Hemy Jr. and Edwin. She was not afraid to go, because she knew her life with Christ had come, so don’t grieve my loved ones, for I will always be with you in spirit and waiting for you on the other side.

Services will be held at First Church of the Nazarene on May 21, 2019 at 11 am with burial in Wheatland beside her family.