CASPER, Wyo. –
Kelly Marie Black: 1978 – 2020
Kelly Marie Black of Casper, Wyoming passed away on Saturday, February 29th 2020.
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Kelly was the daughter of Richard and Valerie Black of Hanna, Wyoming. Born on January 7th of 1978 in Laramie, Wyoming. Kelly graduated from Macon R-1 High School in Macon, Missouri in 1996. She was an outstanding athlete in basketball, softball, and track, with a passionately competitive spirit.
Kelly had spent the last seventeen years as a regional traffic control manager. Working for both HCI Construction and Keyhole Technologies. She had spent the last year working between Douglas, Casper, and Laramie on various projects through Keyhole Technologies. Kelly thoroughly enjoyed working with the individuals at both companies, as well as the various other contractors, subcontractors, and state superintendents. Kelly had a strong work ethic and was driven to be successful in anything she set her mind to.
Kelly and Cort Hedquist were parents to three girls. Elisa Rae-Marie (age 19), Brooklynn Sage (age 7), and Aralynn Rose (age 7). They were the best two people that could’ve possibly come together as a team to parent and raise three girls. Cort and Kelly both described one another as each other’s best friend. Both were fiercely protective of their family and would go to great lengths to do so.
Kelly had two sisters. Candy (“Tom-Tom” Weckwerth) and Pam (Lewis Macauley). The three “Black” girls shared a very close bond; always looking out for each other. The bond shared was full of love, fun, and support. It’s a bond Kelly’s three girls will share as well by watching their mother and aunts. Kelly also had one niece Emily Jean (age 17), and two nephews Adam Casey (age 13) and Keegan Chance (age 11). She used to tell them to call her “Queen Aunt Kelly” and would celebrate her 26th birthday every year.
Kelly’s favorite things in this world included spending time with family. Fishing and camping on the Shirley Mountains. Going somewhere with a lot of humidity and a beach. And sitting on the front deck by the fireplace in the summer with a glass of wine while she played with her dog Keyla.
In addition to immediate family, Kelly is survived by a large extended family of Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins. Kelly will be greatly missed by everyone whose life she touched. Services will be held on Saturday March 14th 2020, at 1:30 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Casper, Wyoming.
Terrie Ann Holdren: 1957 – 2020
Terrie Ann Holdren passed away on February 28th after a short battle with cancer. She was born on July 30th, 1957 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Don and Rachel Ames. Terrie was raised in Ioka, Utah with her siblings and extended family. She was married to Larren Holdren. They have four children.
Terrie spent her life loving and supporting her children, grandchildren and everyone else she came across. She enjoyed fishing, boating, gardening, rock hunting, crocheting, and being a Grandma.
Terrie was a teacher of many life lessons and a gardener of love. She made sure to spread her knowledge to anyone willing to learn. These things included teaching her children and grandchildren to cook, gardening anything you can think of, crafts of all sorts, and how to catch that big trout you’ve been dreaming about. If anyone needed a helping hand, she was the first to extend her loving arms. She loved to travel (especially to Las Vegas), the ocean, the mountains, and making new memories with her family.
She is proceeded in death by her parents Don and Rachel Ames, in-laws Harry and Thelma Holdren, brothers in-law Rodger Kissier, Steven Lind, Larry Jenkins, nephew Josh Lind, niece Samantha Ames.
She is survived by her Husband Larren Holdren, children Kevin (Nichole) Holdren, Rachel (Brent) Sanborn, Cody (Caren) Holdren, and Shawna Holdren.
Her grandchildren Taylor (Edward) Maes, Ryan, Kathrine, Bethani, Megan, Sydney, Abby, Brodey, Joseph, and Saiya. She also considered herself Grandma to Devon and Hunter Bell. Her great grandchildren Aliyah, Marina, and Brooke. Her siblings Donald (Ann) Ames, Lynne (Jeff) Hall, Jim (Liz) Ames, Diane Lind, Sam (Madeline) Ames. Sisters in-law Sharon Kissier and Debara (Stan) Crum.
She also left behind many special friends, family members, and countless honorary grandchildren.
Her celebration of life will be held on June 6th 2020 at 10:00am. Ceremony will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home, 710 E. 2nd St. Casper Wy 82601. Reception to be held following ceremony at Casper Elk’s Lodge, 108 E 7th St. Casper Wy 82601.
William James Woods, 85, died on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming. Visitation will be held at 12:00 PM On Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home in Casper.
Funeral Services starting at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.
Interment will be at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors at 2:30 PM following the Funeral Services. William served in the U.S. Navy.
Services are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby, Funerals, Cremations, Receptions, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.
Addie Gunstrum Schultheis
Born May 2, 1920 to February 28, 2020
Addie wasn’t quite done living when she died just nine weeks short of her 100th birthday. She was forever curious about this world. She wrote, “I am eternally grateful that the Lord has seen fit that I lived these 99 plus years, so privileged to have witnessed the wonders that have occurred in that relatively short while.”
She is the youngest of three sisters who have all lived over 95 years. In so many ways she made sure she knew the people that surrounded her with love and affection by letting us know her well. She had a wonderful way of communicating.
Her grandmother was a cook for King Gustov of Sweden. Her mother immigrated to America through Ellis Island with her young siblings after their parents were killed in a wagon accident. She writes, “Imagine the courage and strength it took to accomplish such an adventure without parents or speaking English.”
Her own parents married and moved to Sheridan where all three daughters were born. Her mother never did speak English fluently. She graduated in the class of 1938 from Douglas High School and became a surgical nurse. She so wanted to be on the battlefields of World War II but her husband, Fred Schultheise, wanted her stateside.
They never had any children. A short stint in Chicago after the war found her pining for Wyoming and they arrived back in Douglas in 1946. He ran the POW hospital until they bought the LaBonte Hotel in 1951. She was deeply involved in every aspect of the hotel management. He was recruited to manage the Denver Hilton and she returned to nursing in Denver in various doctor’s offices and continued doing so until she was a young 84. Upon her husband’s death in 1998 she was determined to return to Douglas to be with her sisters, Velma Crane and Elsie King Tysor which she accomplished in 2004.
Addie again writes’ “My list of favorite interests is endless. I have seen incomprehensible advancements in technology and science. Changes in transportation (the family had a front manual hand-crank sedan), medicine, health, music (the girls gathered around a still working Victrola to listen to the music of the 30s), education, procurement of food. construction, agriculture, information and communication. Everything has changed multiple times in my lifetime.”
She experienced the two World Wars and the Depression, and so much more. She was incredulous when she could FaceTime the family as they introduced their newborn a few days before she died.
She felt that 99 years really wasn’t that long ago, and she felt young and vigorous up until a few weeks before her death. She taught us all how to lead a healthy, positive, and productive life.
She leaves behind a very large circle of friends of all ages, and the families of her sisters Velma and Elsie. They all feel privileged to have shared her wisdom and enthusiasm for life.
Heartfelt thanks go out to Primrose Retirement Community of Casper where Addie lived independently, and to Central Wyoming Hospice for their care to make her passing peaceful and pain free. A celebration of her life will occur on her 100th birthday, May 2nd at Primrose.
Dorothy M. Evans: 1936 – 2020
Dorothy Marie Evans (nee Dolan and Koerber) died peacefully in her sleep on February 27, 2020. She was born in Casper, Wyoming on February 13, 1936 of Mamie Curtis and photographer William Dolan. Dorothy was very fortunate to have a second father in Theodore “Ted” Koerber when he married Mamie in 1944. Dorothy was an accomplished horsewoman, winning many equestrian competitions. She also placed in the first Miss Wyoming Rodeo competition in 1955.
A graduate of NCHS, Dorothy went on to college at Texas A&I where she met Dan Evans whom she married in 1955. Her marriage to Dan took her all over the US and to Europe where she enjoyed antiquing and exploring. In 1957, the welcomed their first child, Katherine and in 1970, their second daughter, Diane, joined the family.
In 1977, Dorothy and her family moved back to Casper. She and her husband were active in the Benevolent and Protective order of ELKS and in the Masonic Order. She worked in many roles, including administrative assistant, bookkeeper, and basecamp coordinator for extended backpacking trips in the Absarokas for lepidoptera research. In her senior years Dorothy enrolled in automotive courses at Casper College and proudly shared photographs of the engines she repaired. She also took many of the continuing education courses that the college offers.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband in 1987. She is survived by both daughters, six grandchildren (Daniel Hagan of Florida, Christopher Hagan of Georgia, Teresa Gobble of Texas, Elizabeth Gobble of Florida, and Gwendolyn Prior and Evan Prior of New Mexico), and three great grandchildren, Liberty, Cadence, and Ashley Hagan. Always a proponent of education and service, Dorothy’s legacy produced three nurses, a sheriff, a military veteran, a psychologist, and a quality assurance analyst.
Dorothy will be interred with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at a time yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in her name to the Casper Humane Society or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. The family would also like to thank Newcomer’s Funeral Home & Cremations for their graciousness in this difficult time.