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Obituaries: Hawley, Peasley, Boykin, Zinda

Emma C. Hawley

CASPER, Wyo. –

Emma C. Hawley: 1925 – 2020

Surrounded by the peaceful solace of a life well lived, Emma (Cisneros) Hawley of Casper, WY entered into her eternal rest on March 17, 2020. Emma will be greatly missed by her beloved family, friends and all those touched by her deep and charitable faith.

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Emma, the 5th of 8 children, was born July 11, 1925 in Mora, NM to Benjamin and Maclovia Cisneros. In the 1930s, her family moved to Wyoming, where her father homesteaded 640 acres in the Big Horn Mountains, and her mother tended to the needs of family and community. She graduated from Riverton High School, established her residence in Casper, then after a 36 year career with the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission, as a Fiscal Control Auditor, Emma retired in 1988.

1st Lt. Charles William Hawley and Emma married on July 19, 1957. Their life was filled with children, social gatherings, fishing and camping trips, picnics, cross country drives, sporting events, crossword puzzles and the all-encompassing family stories. Charles passed away in 1990.

After retirement, Emma thrived by helping raise grandchildren and great grandchildren, attending computer classes, learning to swim, and being the treasurer of her Mother Cabrini Circle, whose mission to give without limit or reserve, she honored. Having enormous empathy, she offered comfort to many family friends in dire need, giving loving guidance, often washing their clothing and providing meals. She welcomed everyone at her table. Emma always had a warm meal ready, even if it was 2:00 am, and rarely would you see her sitting.

Emma loved to visit the holy places–those special chapels, shrines and cemeteries that dot our nation. With devotion, she placed flowers in remembrance at all of her departed loved ones’ resting spots. In later life, her children drove her everywhere, so she could continue to pay homage to the Lord.
She taught her children strong work ethics, fairness, to protect and serve those less fortunate and to stand up for what was good and right, even if you were the only one standing. She then ended her day by praying a Rosary for each child.

She was our mother, grandmother and friend who gave us hope for things not yet seen. May the Lord grant Emma eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon her.

Emma leaves a legacy of faith, love and service to community to her 7 children, Luella (Lowell) Hinderliter, Alice (Marvin) Boleng, Willa Perea, Debbie Willcox, Charles (Susan) Hawley, all of Casper, WY and Anita (Patrick) Kuharski, Sacramento CA. Her son, Jeffery Hawley preceded her in death in 2014.
In addition to her husband and son, Emma was preceded in death by her brothers, Fred, William and Max Cisneros and her sisters, Aurora Cisneros, Emma Cisneros, Cleo Thein and Mabel Perea.

Emma also leaves behind 19 grandchildren, Richard (Jeanene) Hinderliter, Frank Hinderliter, Casey Willcox, Michelle (Kyle) Hurley, all from Casper WY; Deborah (Martin) Nieto, Sugar Land, TX, Joyce (James) Woolenweber, Phoenix AZ, Cindy (Chris) Osenbaugh, Louisville, KY, Jona Garcia, Rangely, CO, Jeff (Gina) Boleng, Pittsburgh, PA; Dustin (Laura) Boleng, Stephanie Hawley-Bond, both from Denver, CO; Jared (Elvie) Kuharski, Seattle WA, Aubrey (Mike) Carlson, Sacramento, CA, Christopher Hawley, Tampa FL, Mathew Hawley, Casper, WY, Olivia Hawley, Berthoud, CO. Emma’s granddaughter, Jona LaRae Romero and grandsons, Danny Boleng and Chris Boleng preceded her in death. Also left behind are 32 great grandchildren and 22 second great grandchildren.

Condolences may be sent to The Hawley Family, 2940 Knollwood, Casper, WY 82604.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in memory of Emma Hawley to: Seton House (setonhousecasper.org) or Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions (cwhp.org)

Due to the COVID-19 Emergency, the services will be limited.

Funeral Liturgy Services to be announced at a later date.


Leanna Helen Peasley

Leanna Helen Peasley, age 78, of Glenrock, passed away March 18, 2020 at Wyoming Medical Center. Leanna was born March 5, 1942 in Toledo, Oregon to Leland and Ada (Gilmore) Loomis. She graduated from Toledo High School. She was a homemaker for the majority of her life caring for her family. She was also a head start teacher and custodian at Oregon Trail Elementary in Glenrock, Wyoming. She loved selling and collecting antique toys. Her favorite past time was gambling. Her priority was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Leanna was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Francis Ray Peasley, sister, Sharon, brother, Raymond, brother, Jack, grandson, Avery, and son-in-law, Mark. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Mezger, daughter, Lori (John) DeSanti, son, Jeffrey (Jane) Peasley, son, Joseph Peasley, son, Joshua (Tina) Peasley, granddaughters, Rikki (Tony), Robyn, Rachelle, Veronica, Rebecca, Rachel, Kyrie, Annalee, grandsons, Isacc, Ben (Allie), Tristian, Teagan, and Alex, and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Private Interment will be held at Tonseth Lutheran Cemetery on Friday, March 27, 2020 in Erhard, MN. Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Glenrock, Wyoming.


Muriel Grey Alexander Boykin

Muriel Grey Alexander Boykin, 96, of Casper, WY, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

She was born to Lottie (Lee) and John Alexander, September 15, 1923, in Thomaston, Alabama. She grew up helping her mom run the first telephone switchboard from their home. They moved to Demopilis, AL, on the Black Warrior River and eventually moved to Mobile, AL.

She married Lloyd Dausman on November 7, 1944, and had one daughter, Rena Gail Watts. Muriel was divorced on August 1, 1947.

She married Charles Boykin on December 30, 1950 and the two families were joined. (Charles’ children: Charles Moody Jr., William Palmer, Charlene, and Muriel’s daughter, Rena.)

She worked at the Alabama Power Company in Mobile for 40 years and 7 months. She was a hard worker and always made sure that her family and friends were well taken care of. She spent the last 20 years of her life in Casper, WY, to be close to family.

As a young woman, she enjoyed playing tennis and doing needlepoint. Throughout her life she loved reading books and going to church. She was a strong believer in Christ and was a prayer warrior for her family. She found great joy in cooking and serving others. Muriel could cook any type of seafood and was famous for her seafood gumbo.

Muriel is survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Her family affectionately called her “Mamaw.” She loved each of her grandkids and carried photos of family members with her.

She is preceded in death by her mother, father, 2 younger sisters and 1 younger brother (John William Alexander, Doris (George) Stanley, Vernell (Lavert) Marks), her husband, and daughter, Rena.

A private service was held on Sunday, March 22, at Newcomer Funeral Home.


Ms. Betty Zinda, age 78, of Casper, died Monday, March 16, 2020 in Casper. Any relative of Ms. Zinda please contact the Newcomer Casper Chapel at 307-234-0234.