Our beloved mother, Judy Stephens, passed away in Casper, Wyoming on October 19, 2019 at the age of 73. She was born August 26, 1946 in Deer River, Minnesota.
She was a fun loving lady, always quick with a smile and loved to laugh. She had a great sense of humor. She loved her family and absolutely adored her 20 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
She was born in Minnesota and lived in Montana, North Dakota, Washington, Arkansas and Wyoming. She loved to travel, fish, hunt, other great outdoor activities, and loved all types of art involving wolves. Her favorite fishing hole was Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota, and she could be counted on to tell funny fish stories. She had a giving spirit and chose to donate her body to medical science to help others in the future.
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She is preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Ernest Burlison; half siblings, Charles, Glenn, Orville, Jim, Gary, and Don (Burlison); and half siblings, Red, Frank, Ruby, and Geraldine (Folsom).
She is survived by her daughters, Kimi Jo Shadden (ViDell) and Ginger Mosley (Ramsey); sons, Avery Kim Rice (Jill), Donald Burris (Emily) and Bobby Burris; full siblings, Patrick and Ernest Burlison, Della Kabanuck and Sarah Wing; as well as half siblings, Emily Burris, Beatrice Merrell, Peggy Belinski and Lillian Gray.
Janis Joanne Nielsen age 78, passed away on the Sunday morning of October 27th, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice, following a brief illness.
She was born on March 24th, 1941 to Lester and Estelle Fry in Gray’s Kentucky.
In 1960 she graduated from nursing school in Lorain, Ohio. She spent the next few years working as an LPN in Ohio and Michigan, prior to moving out west with her friend, choosing Wyoming over Alaska because she heard of our pretty moons. She was working at Wyoming Medical Center when a friend introduced her to Harold Nielsen. They dated for four years prior to their marriage on January 15th 1973 and shared 46 years of marriage, as they loved each other and stood by each other.
While Jan stayed at home to raise their children, homeschooling all of them, she was actively involved in Child Evangelism Fellowship, where she established one of the first after-school Bible clubs at a public elementary school in Bar Nunn. She also taught Sunday School and Children’s Church and ministered to many neighborhood children, some becoming like family. Haley was especially close.
She is survived by her sister Freda Tullis; her four children; Rachel Sullivan, Sandy Elston, Peter Nielsen, and John Nielsen; eight grandchildren; Sarah and Christopher Sullivan, Cooper, Caleb, and Jerzie Elston, Blake, Justin, and Alexis Nielsen; as well as her husband.
Visitation will be October 31st, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Mountain View Baptist Church, prior to the funeral service at 11:00. There will be a brief graveside service at Highland Park Cemetery and a reception to follow at Mountain View Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Wyoming, or Central Wyoming Hospice.”