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Obituaries: White, Painter, Rierson

Melanie Elaine White

Melanie Elaine White, 64, of Casper, passed away Saturday December 21, 2019.

She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie (White) Walters (David), her sister Linda (White) Shultz (David); Aunt Mary Sanchez; Grandchildren Peyton and Caden Walters and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, James E. White and Opal C. (Sanchez) White; her sisters Merrilee Shipley, Sherry White, brothers Ronald P. Emerson and Martin L. Emerson.

Melanie graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming in 1974. She was a member of the Casper Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps for three years as a trumpet player in the glory days. She enjoyed crocheting, playing bingo, listening to Elvis Gospel music, and fishing at Alcova Lake.

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Graveside services will be announced at a later date in Summer, 2020.

Rhonda Renee (Klone) Painter, 56, of Casper, WY, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice, surrounded by family.
Born December 26, 1962, in Denver, CO, she was the daughter of Dorothy and the late Del Klone. She moved to Casper with her family at age 11, where she resided for the remainder of her life.
Rhonda attended Park Elementary, Dean Morgan Junior High and Natrona County High School graduating in 1981.
Throughout her adult life, she worked at Wyoming Medical Center and Waddell and Reed.
She was a loyal friend and family member. She loved the color purple and being in the mountains, but she loved being with her dogs the most.  
Rhonda was a wild flower in a field of roses. She was loved and she will be missed.
She is survived by her mother, Dorothy of Casper, brothers Ron (and his wife Pam) of Casper, Larry (and his wife Roselee) of Arvada, CO and multiple nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Del.
At her request, no formal services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Casper Humane Society or Central Wyoming Hospice in Casper. 

Services for Merna Rierson, 69, of Casper, WY, will be held at the Newcomer Funeral Home in Casper at 1:00 on Saturday, Jan. 11. She died on Dec. 19, 2019 at University Hospital in Denver after a long struggle with systemic lupus.

Merna was born on June 3, 1950, to Jorgen and Gerda (Dahlgaard) Christensen. One of five daughters, she was raised on a farm south of Dagmar, Montana. She attended a country school and graduated from Medicine Lake High School and Eastern Montana College with a teaching Degree.

On August 15, 1971, the world went off the gold standard, and Merna traded bands of gold with Greg Rierson of Plentywood, Montana, entering into a marriage that flourished the rest of her life. In that time she worked at several secretarial jobs including secretary to the Casper Assistant City Manager. She moved to Fenix and Scisson Oil Company as personnel manager. Later she moved to her true passion of politics, becoming the Executive Director of the Wyoming Democratic Party. She later served several terms on the Wyoming Women’s Commission. She was also an avid knitter and stitcher, enjoying her friends in her knitting group and at the Needlework Guild.

Merna was proud to be a liberal and a Democrat championing human rights, particularly equal rights for women. Her beliefs had deep roots from her upbringing in the Danish Lutheran Church of America. She and Greg travelled extensively in the United States and Europe, with many trips to Denmark, and they formed lifelong friendships with wonderful people in Denmark, Norway and France.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her in laws George and Adeline Rierson, and two brothers in law, Kirt and Ron Rierson.

She is survived by her husband, her four sisters, Amy Christensen, Leila (Butch) Michels, Gail (Jim) Eamon, and Anita Pritchard, 12 nieces and nephews, and 15 great nieces and nephews.

Despite her illness she led an active and wonderful life, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. In the tradition of her ancestors, Merna would like to express her gratitude for the wonderful world she was privileged to live in for 69 years with the old Danish phrase “Tak for Alt” or Thank you for everything!

Interment with services will be held later in the spring at the Volmer Lutheran Church in Dagmar, Montana.