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Obituaries: Wright, Smith, Duckworth, Woodward

Sandra Dell Wright

CASPER, Wyo. –

Sandra Dell Wright: February 1, 1950 ~ December 9, 2020 (age 70)

Sandra passed away at Wyoming Medical Center following a battle with Covid-19. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Anne Larsen, and her sister, Anita Fitzgerald; all of Casper. Sandra is survived and greatly missed by her family; daughter, Kayla Post (Craig Post) Granddaughters, Shaylinn Davis, Stefany Post, both of Casper, and Amanda Jacobson of Williston, North Dakota and their children, her nephew, Jesse Martin, and her best friend, Carol Hafner.

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 Sandra was born in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Casper with her family. She graduated from Natrona County High School in 1969, and earned her Accounting degree at Casper College. Later in life, Sandra earned her Master’s Degree in International Criminal Justice. Sandra continued working as an Accountant and Tax Accountant until she retired. Her dream was to move back to Arizona with family as she enjoyed the warm weather. 

Sandra enjoyed retirement and spent a great deal of time doing things she enjoyed. Sandra mostly enjoyed spending time with her family doing fun things like BBQing, shopping trips that were always eventful, and she loved going to the movies. Sandra spent many hours with Shaylinn exploring town and people watching. They always came home with great stories about their days together. She loved taking a drive to “anywhere” to look at the sites and enjoy the scenery. She often took day or weekend trips to Colorado and the surrounding area to shop or visit attractions. Sandra was also a lover of seafood and ate it as often as she could. 

Sandra was a woman of faith and watched Joel Osteen daily on TV and read his books. We take comfort in knowing she is with our Savior. 

Mom, you are loved by many and we will miss you everyday. We will never forget the courage and strength you illuminated over the past few weeks. You are no longer here in body, but we feel you and will never forget the love and joy you brought into our lives. Until we see you again. 

Sandra’s family would like to extend their gratitude to all the members of the Wyoming Medical Center/Family Practice team for the extraordinary care and compassion they provided. We know she was greatly cared for and touched many while in their Covid unit. 

There will be a celebration of life later in 2021 when it is safe for family and friends to gather. In lieu of flowers or donations, my mother would wish that people would come together and show compassion for one another and follow Covid precautions for everyone’s safety.  


Joan Elaine Smith

Joan Elaine Smith: September 14, 1934 ~ December 11, 2020 (age 86)

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Joan Elaine Smith on December 11, 2020 in Casper, WY.

Elaine was born in 1934 in Denver, CO to Sam and Edna Hayden. She was the 6th child to the couple and had 12 siblings. Elaine spent her childhood in Laramie, WY.

She married Harry Smith in 1955 in Laramie, WY. They later moved to Casper, WY and were married 50 years until the passing of Harry in 2005.

Elaine was an avid soap opera fan and never failed to miss an episode. Her friends and family knew that they were not to call during her programs.

Elaine enjoyed going on cruises and other trips with her family. While always hard to convince her to go, she would talk about those adventures for years later.

Elaine will be fondly remembered and forever missed by her 3 children, Randy Smith, Terri Patton (Nelson Patton), and Spike Smith (Lori Smith). Elaine leaves 3 grandchildren, Cody Patton (Lindsey Patton), Colton Patton, and Candiss Patton; 3 great grandchildren, Lawson Patton, Lane Patton, and Truitt Patton. Her 2 sisters, Charlotte Hayden and Mary Franklin, and brother, Bob Hayden.

A viewing for Elaine’s friends and family is set for Thursday, December 17th from 6-8PM in Casper, WY at Buster’s Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 18th at 10AM at the Church of Christ (2344 E 2nd St).


Harry Cole Duckworth

Harry Cole Duckworth: 1940 – 2020

Harry Cole Duckworth (Duck), age 80, of Casper Wyoming, passed away December 14th, 2020 at Wyoming Medical Center.

Harry was born in Martins Ferry Ohio, September 1, 1940 to Robert Wesley Duckworth and Marguerite (Hennings) Pettit. Harry is preceded in death by both parents, and brothers Mickey Duckworth and
half-brother Dave Pettit.

Harry was a military veteran and served four years in the Navy and two years in the Air Force. The majority of his service was in Europe where he had many exciting times. Harry remembered those years fondly. Harry enjoyed the outdoors and loved to fish. Harry had quite a unique personality and was fond of telling jokes and wild stories.

In 1973 Harry found himself in Wyoming working ranches near Laramie. Harry left ranch work and followed the oil boom to Casper. While in Casper he met and married Millie (Smith) Duckworth. Together they had two children, Rebecca (Duckworth) Haverlock and Wesley Duckworth.

Harry and Millie later divorced. In 1993 Harry met and married Gloria (Miller) Duckworth.

Harry is survived by his wife of 26 years Gloria; two children Rebecca Haverlock (Dustin), Wesley Duckworth (Danielle); two grandchildren Cynthia Gillis (Dustin), Brandon Haverlock; and two great grandchildren Emily Gillis and Ethan Gillis.


Julia Brumley Woodward

Julia Brumley Woodward: 1947 to 2020

Private Memorial Services were held on Friday, December 11, 2020 for Mrs. Julia Woodward, 73, who passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Lafayette General Medical Center.

Mrs. Julia grew up in Verda, LA and lived most of her life with her husband and daughters in Hahnville, LA.

She had a masters degree in guidance and counseling and devoted her life to her family, teaching, and counseling.

Julia was a woman of strong faith. She prayed daily and attended mass every week. She shared her gifts with her church community by teaching Catechism and teaching at a private Catholic School for many years.

She was such a loving and giving person who was always willing to listen. She captured the hearts of her students and their parents the minute they met her with the passionate energy and charisma that she brought into her class room and even beyond the school walls. They were not students and parents to her; they were her extended family.

Julia is often described by her friends and family as fun loving, selfless, and charismatic. She was the life of the party. Some of her hobbies included reading, traveling, cooking for family and friends, watching her grandchildren play sports, cheering on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

Survivors include her beloved husband, Mr. Alvin Woodward of Lafayette; her daughter, Danielle Woodward of Wyoming; her daughter, Ashley Woodward of Wyoming; her grandchildren, Savannah Woodward of Wyoming, Brock Amedee of Wyoming, Bryce Amedee of Wyoming and Hanna Authement of Lafayette; her great-grandchildren, Trevor Wicks Jr. and Lola Wicks both of Wyoming; her brother, Jack Brumley Jr. of Montgomery, LA and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. Jack Brumley and Mrs. Nellie Mae Self; her brothers Paul Brumley, Greg Brumley, Damian Brumley and her sister Nona Brumley Wise.