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Obituaries: Worrell, McVey, Amburn

Vanessa Collins Worrell

CASPER, Wyo. –

Vanessa Collins Worrell, age 63, of Casper, peacefully passed at home on May 5, 2020 surrounded by family. Vanessa was born March 12, 1957 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Larrie and Genevieve (Dalieden) Collins.

She was employed by Natrona County School District as a Special Education Teacher for more than 25 years, retiring in 2019. She loved birds, traveling, writing, reading, music, the French horn and spending time with her kids and grandkids.

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Vanessa was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Colleen, and Little Grandma. She is survived by her children; Lindsay Casey, LeeAnn (Girvin) Ostia, Holly Bailey, and Andrea (Kevin) Trager; her partner, Steve Chasson; 9 grandchildren, Cloe (14), Dakota (13), Paige (11), Ella (8), Liam (7), Isaac (6), Bristol (6), Wynola (4), June (3), and another granddaughter on the way.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to her grandchildren’s fund on her Facebook page or by emailing vanessasgrandkidsfund@gmail.com.


Allen Wayne McVey

Allen Wayne McVey, 65, was born on October 12, 1954 in Richmond, California. Allen passed away on May 6, 2020 in Casper, Wyoming with the love of his life, Cherryl, by his side along with his faithful Pastor, Bruce Sell. Allen was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, a loving son to Joe and Joyce (Olds) McVey and brother to Nancy (McElwaine). He graduated from Mt. Diablo High School in 1972 and attended Diablo Valley College before enlisting in the United States Navy. He loved serving his country aboard the U.S.S. Piedmont. He married his sweetheart, Cherryl, on October 1, 1977. Their first child, Teri was born in 1978. The family then relocated to Casper, Wyoming where their son Paul was born in 1983. Allen created a meaningful life for himself and his family in Wyoming.

Allen worked various jobs including: City of Casper Sanitation, Nurse’s Aide at Shepherd of the Valley and Wyoming Medical Center, and Respite Care for Wyoming Senior Citizens Inc.. He put his heart and soul into everything he did. His coworkers and clients saw him continuously go above and beyond the call of duty because it “was part of the job”.

A devout born-again Christian, Allen faithfully attended Calvary Baptist Church and later Liberty Baptist Church. He served as a deacon, Sunday School Teacher, bus driver, Awana Leader, usher, and more. It gave him no greater joy than to faithfully bring his family to Church and share the Word of God with those he loved.

Allen enjoyed sports, music, reading and classic TV. He was the biggest supporter of his kids and grandkids activities. “Big Al” was one of a kind. He enjoyed greeting everyone he met with various quirky, fun, firm handshakes…that was his way of saying “I Love You.”

Allen is survived by his mother Joyce McVey Griggs of Everett, WA., his brother-in-law John McElwaine of Burlington, WA, nephew Will McElwaine and family of Queens, NY, his wife Cherryl (Umberger) and daughter Teri of Casper, his son Paul, daughter-in-law Machel (Oltmanns), and grandchildren Cloy, Adeline, and Clarence of Lennox, SD. He was preceded in death by his dad, Joe, and his sisters Nancy and Marcia. He leaves behind many more relatives and friends who all loved him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Liberty Baptist Church, Red Cliff Bible Camp, or Central Wyoming Hospice.

An open visitation will be at Newcomer Casper Chapel from 4pm to 7pm on May 12th; a Memorial Service will be held on May 13th at 11am at Liberty Baptist Church.


Margaret Merlin (Miller) Amburn, 93 of Casper, Wyoming, passed away on May 8, 2020 at the Mountain Plaza Assisted Living in Casper, Wyoming.

Margaret, one of three children of Harry and Laverne (Braley) Miller, was born on April 5, 1927 in Hay Springs, Nebraska. She graduated from Hay Springs High School in Hay Springs. Through her school years, Margaret worked helping her parents in the bakery and café businesses they operated, and became a full time mother and homemaker in later years.

Margaret and Harold Eugene Amburn were united in marriage on April 24, 1946 at St. Columbkill Church in Hay Springs, following Harold’s return from serving in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Terry, Cheryle, and Phillip. Harold worked for the Chicago & North Western Railroad in Chadron, Nebraska, and in 1957 took a job with the railroad in Casper, Wyoming, where they lived and spent their retirement years. Harold passed away in November of 2000, after 54 years of marital bliss, and Margaret continued to live in her family home, until she was 90.

Margaret was a member of the Alter and Rosary Circle at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Casper. She was active in the church with religious education, youth groups, church ministries, and volunteer activities within the community, supporting Mended Heart Health and Cancer awareness. Among her enjoyments were baking and spending time with her family, and grand kids, and great grands, travelling to many different locations to visit them. She was a wonderful wife, mom, grandmother, great grandmother, and a good friend to members of her parish, the neighborhood, and a friend to all who knew and loved her.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Laverne and brothers Francis and Donald.

Margaret is survived by her children, Terry (Annette} Amburn of Glenwood, Iowa, Cheryle (Randy) Farmer of Casper, and Phillip (Helen) Amburn of Sandy, Utah; 14 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 1 niece Lori (Terry) Curry of South Sioux City, Nebraska; other relatives; and many friends.

“Margaret’s family would like to thank the staff at Mountain Plaza Assisted Living and to Central Wyoming Hospice for their kindness and support.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Wyoming Hospice, Mountain Plaza Assisted Living, or Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.