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Obituaries: Jones, Pike, Watson Jr.

Myrna L. Jones

CASPER, Wyo. –

Myrna L. Jones passed away on December 17, 2019 in Casper, Wyoming. Myrna was born on July 1, 1938 to Fred and Ruth (Spomer) Miller in Cowley, Wyoming.

Myrna was married on December 7, 1956 to Robert Jones in Lovell Wyoming. They had 4 children from this union, Jerry, Luanne, Robby, and Rhonda.

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Myrna, a.k.a. “Granny” to all who knew her, was a wonderful and caring person, volunteering her time to the Life Steps campus, Joshua’s Storehouse, NAMI, Meals on Wheels, and Self Help. She was an avid collector of Cabbage Patch dolls and loved going to yard sales, gardening, loving on her dogs, and above all, Myrna loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children; Luanne Snell, Robby (Kay) Jones, and Rhonda Jones, her grandchildren; Christopher (Amber) Jones, Cory Snell, Emily Daniels, Ashley (Nathan) Bell, Erica (Travis) Kuebler, Melissa (Jon) Marsh, and Kelly Olson, and her great grandchildren; Christopher L. Jones, Zachary Jones, Adrianna Sutton, Levi Snell, Trinity Snell, Cameron Kuebler, Ellie Bell, Brooklynn Beall, and Drake Beall.

Myrna was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers; Alvin Miller, Carnie Miller, Dean Miller, and Don Miller; her son Jerry Jones, and by her spouse Robert “Pops” Jones.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Central Wyoming Hospice in memory of Myrna Jones.

At Myrna’s request, no services will be scheduled.


Dianna Lynn Pike

Dianna Lynn Pike, 73, of Casper, Wyoming passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. She was born on October 22, 1946 in Casper, Wyoming to Clifton and Ruby Crocket. Dianna attended Natrona County High School and graduated with Dean’s Honors from Casper College with her Associates Degree in Spanish Language. She met the love of her life Robert P. Pike during her time at Natrona County High School, they married a few years later and they remained together for 51 years this January 21st.

Dianna had such class and was well versed in all topics of conversation and a joy to visit with. She enjoyed friends and playing games as long as she ended up the winner. Dianna was a master at crochet and knitting, all of her friends and family have some of her beautiful pieces. She collected creamers and shells from the ocean, where a piece of her heart lives on. Most of all, Dianna treasured her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren whom will all dearly miss her.

Dianna will always be remembered as being a rock, a safe place in the harbor of life. She was a strong Christian woman based in the word, she counseled many and gave them hope. She was an artist, musician, mother, grandmother and someone who always knew the right path. With her passing, the world has lost a great lady.

Preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Pike; daughter, Laura (Ray Hunter) Sanders-Hunter; Phil (Maryjane) Pike; 7 grandchildren, Cynthia (Tyler) Cox, Lacey (Matt) Mills, Ruby (Jim) Andreen, Lane Gunkel, James Kaleb Pike, Antonio Pike, and Madalynn Pike; 7 great grandchildren; Sister, Debra Williams; and numerous other friends and relatives.

A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Newcomer Casper Chapel. Private interment will take place at Wyoming Memorial Gardens.


Murray Clayton Watson, Jr.

Murray Clayton Watson, Jr. 77 of Casper, Wyoming passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice. He was born June 4, 1942 to Murray and Maxine Watson in Austin, Tx. They returned back to the family homestead when he was 2 near Alcova, Wy where he remained his entire life ranching and farming.

He graduated from NCHS in 1961 and received the Dekalb award in FFA, and married his high school sweetheart Mary Rissler on January 29th, 1966. They had two daughters, Becky and Lory. He was married for 24 years before his wife’s passing in 1989 a devoted Christian, patriot, husband, father, grandfather and more recently great grandfather.

Aside from the custom farming and ranching he enjoyed various business adventures including an auction ring, feed store, furniture store, steak house, dance hall, and used car lot all in the same building at different times. He was a well worn, hard working cowboy, genuine and old fashioned that instilled in his family Godly values, and the importance of friends and always compassionate to people in need. Murray loved what he did so he always made it fun instead of work, unless you were the dinger. He enjoyed dancing, music and the social time with friends, events like the ranch city parties and sweetwater dances, being ornery keeping the sheriffs on their toes.

When he started having health issues he continued his ranch management expertise in a consulting manner, offering his opinion whether it was solicited or not. One of his opinions was that your lucky if you get one good woman, one good horse, and one good dog in your life, he didn’t specify if they were in that order, but he felt blessed that he had all three.

Murray is preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Mary Watson.

He is survived by his daughters Becky (Mitchell Griffin) Watson and Lory (Brian) Wing both of Casper; grandchildren, Austyn Watson, Jonah (Hannah) Wing, Cheyenne Watson, Jarett Wing, Dayton Watson, and Virginia Wing; great grand children, Jon Rhett “JR” Wing and Ryland Wing; sisters Margaret Vinot and Thelma Trujillo; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be 10:00AM, Monday December 23, 2019 at Paradise Valley Christian Church located at 188 Valley Drive, Casper, Wy. With interment to follow at 2:00PM at Freeland Cemetery.

Flowers can be sent to Newcomer, In lieu of flowers family is requesting that donations be made to Central Wyoming Hospice and/or Paradise Valley Christian School.