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Obituaries: Munoz-Gallarzo, Yankey, Odell

Desiree Francis Munoz-Gallarzo

Desiree Francis Munoz-Gallarzo passed away on September 25, 2019.

Desiree was born on January 13, 1979 at Wyoming Medical Center.

Desiree attended school in Casper, WY, Las Vegas, NV, and Worland, WY, where she graduated.

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Desiree meet the love of her life, Esteban Gallarzo in Worland, WY, where they resided and had their first child Olivia. Three years later they moved to Hobbs, New Mexico, were she had their second daughter Henneli. We brought Desiree back to Casper, WY in 2018 because of health issues.

Desiree devoted her life to her daughters and husband and fought a long hard battle before God took her home.

Desiree is survived by husband Esteban, daughters Olivia and Henneli of Hobbs, New Mexico, her parents Nick and Brenda Munoz of Casper, WY, brother Nicholas/Amy Munoz of Casper, WY, sister Samantha Munoz of Green River, WY, maternal grandparents Ben and Wilma Lara of Casper, WY, paternal grandparent Toni Munoz of Worland, WY, several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and numerous cousins.

She is preceded in death by grandfather Lilo Munoz, Uncle Sam Munoz, two great grandmothers Francis Fabela and Trina Lara, and two great grandfathers John Fabela and Joe Lara.

Desiree will be always loved and missed dearly by all of the lives she has touched.


Clarice Yankey (Yankee)

Clarice Yankey (Yankee) was born September 15, 1925 in Perley, Minnesota to Albert and Josephine Ohnstad. She passed peacefully on September 26, 2019.

Her family moved to Casper in 1948. She met and married Wilbur (Bud) L. Yankey on October 16th, 1948.
From this union they had four children, Cora, Jean, Wilbur (Bill) and Linda. Her husband Wilbur (Bud) died in a refinery accident in June 1963, leaving her to be both Mom & Dad to their children.
She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Don and Garland.

Clarice (Butch) was dedicated and independent in her ways, working to support her family. She was employed for many years at Walt’s Hobby Shop. She knew many of the young and old race track fans.
She retired from Wyoming Medical Center at age 70, but still enjoyed and missed the work life.

You could always find her at a Bingo game, even while residing at Poplar Living Center. Whenever the occasion arose, she was quick to make a trip to Deadwood or Riverton to spend time (but little money) on the “one armed bandits”. She would be content to play on the same penny machine for hours. Whenever the Super Bowl or World Series pools came around, she was quick to get her “squares”. She was intense when she scratched her instant win lottery tickets sent to her for special occasions from Colorado and New Mexico.
Clarice is survived by her children Cora (Bill) Moynihan, Casper, WY, Jean (Dick) Farmer, Flora Vista, NM, Wilbur (Donna) Yankey, Las Vegas, NV, and Linda (Danny) Martinez, Mesquite, NV. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Services will be held at Bustard’s Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 1 PM. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.


Edna Ruth Schwamb Odell

Edna Ruth Schwamb Odell, 91, of Casper, Wyoming passed away peacefully with family by her side on September 23, 2019.

She was born on November 24, 1927, in Chicago, Ill, to Edward Theodore and Anna Kalas Schwamb. Born only three and a half pounds, she was nicknamed “Peanut.” Her large family emigrated from Bohemia and worked several farms in Wisconsin. Edna spent many summers helping out. She loved ice-skating, the country store, farm animals, streetcars, and traveling on steam trains. She graduated from Jones Commercial High School in 1944. She started working as a bookkeeper and switchboard operator.

The world opened up for Edna when she went to work for Capital Airlines. She trained in Washington D.C. and was given a personal tour of the White House and Senate Chambers. She loved to travel and made several trips to Jamaica, San Francisco, Denver, and Albuquerque.

She learned to ski at Boyne Mountain in Michigan with her airline friends. She took lessons from Olympic Gold Medalist Stein Erickson. When he opened up a resort in Aspen, she traveled to take lessons and ski there as well. She moved to Albuquerque to live with her sister Grace and continued her enthusiasm for skiing. Edna also worked with the local ski club to develop the Sandia Peak Ski Area.

Edna was active in the Methodist church in downtown Albuquerque and met Robert Davis Odell in a Sunday school class. After a short courtship over dinner socials, dancing, and ice cream sundaes, they married on October 11, 1958. They promptly moved to Casper, Wyoming that same weekend. Bob worked for Getty Oil and was transferred on short notice.

Edna worked with Bob publishing the Rocky Mountain Uranium Scout, a professional newsletter of uranium exploration. She also worked and retired as a transcriptionist in the Pathology Department at Wyoming Medical Center.

She was an active member of Chapter ‘O’, P.E.O., GEO Wives, The United Methodist Women, book clubs, bridge clubs, hiking clubs, and volunteered for the FUMC Thrift Shop. Edna also worked on several successful political campaigns. She continued to enjoy cross-country skiing and hiking until the age of 88 when she hung up the boots and became even more of an avid reader.

Edna is survived by three exceptional children: Roberta Odell Frederick (Christopher) of Seattle Washington; Winne Odell Scott (Samuel) of Casper; and Dan Schwamb Odell (Marcy), also of Casper; four exceedingly exceptional grandchildren: Davis Odell (Bonnie); Madeline Odell; JoAnna LaPerriere; and Samuel Scott. She is preceded in death by her parents Anna and Edward Schwamb, her sister Grace (Ralph) Schulz, and husband Robert Davis Odell.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chapter ‘O’, P.E.O., or the Iris Clubhouse.

Services will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 332 East Second Street, Casper, Wyoming.