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Obituaries: Russell, Morrison, Gray

Beth Marie Russell

Beth Marie Russell: 1958 – 2021

Beth Marie Russell left this realm July 25, 2021 after a lengthy battle with health issues. She was 63 years old.

Beth was considered a fighter all of her life. No matter how sick she was, she was determined to keep fighting. When anyone else would have broken, she stayed strong! Through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like — there was no quit in Beth. Though her health had been failing her for years, her spirit kept her pushing through the pain.

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Beth is survived by three children, Heather Russell of Colorado, Nicole Russell of Wyoming, and Ryan Russell of Wyoming; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dean Hagle of Casper, Wyoming and David Hagle of San Diego, California; and a sister, Marilynn “Mari” Richardson of Falls Church, Virginia. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Tucker James. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Beth was born January 11, 1958 in Jamestown, North Dakota. She attended Kelly Walsh High School, where she met and married Thomas Russell. Beth worked in the service industry and had many loving friends. Beth will be missed!

A celebration of life will be announced at the service.


Kathryn Louise Morrison

Kathryn Louise Morrison: 1949 – 2021

Kathryn Morrison died peacefully at home with her family on July 25, 2021.

Kathy was born January 10, 1949 to George A. and Joyce (Hinshaw) Morrison in Spokane, Washington.

In her early years, her family lived in Spokane, Washington; San Diego and San Francisco, California; and Ketchikan, Alaska. Most of her schooling — elementary through high school — was done in Juneau, Alaska. She graduated from Juneau Douglas High School in 1967.

Kathy moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1974 and lived there until she moved to Casper, Wyoming in 2013. Before she retired, Kathy worked in various offices as an accounting clerk in Juneau and Anchorage, mostly for the State of Alaska.

Kathy was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Casper. She participated in one of the Disciples Women’s Ministry groups, and volunteered with the church’s Sandwich Ministry. She gave regularly to many charities.

Kathy loved animals, especially dogs, horses, and the birds who visited her backyard bird feeder. She was known for her ready smile and interest in other people.

Kathy is survived by her brother George (Terri) Morrison; nephews George (Tyra) and R.J. Morrison of Elko, Nevada; niece Nellie Morrison of Elko, Nevada; niece Rashelle Morrison of Anchorage, Alaska; and great-niece River Joyce Morrison of Elko, Nevada.

She was preceded in death by her father George A. Morrison, Jr., mother Joyce A. Morrison, sister Laural Lee Morrison, and brothers James B. Morrison and Richard A. Morrison.

A brief, informal memorial for family and friends will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sandwich or Blankets ministries through the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at 520 CY Ave. or to the Central Wyoming Hospice.


Catherine Margaret Gray

Catherine Margaret Gray: 1948 – 2021

Catherine Margaret Wallace was born to Curt and Betty Wallace on May 6, 1948 in Lovell, WY.

She left this earthly life to be with her Lord and reunite with her loved ones who have gone before her on July 25, 2021 in Casper, WY at the age of 73.

During Cathy’s early years she lived in Lovell, where she attended elementary and junior high school. In her teen years, Cathy moved to Ft. Washakie, where she lived with Willie and Della LeClair. She was enrolled at St. Stephens Indian Mission in Arapahoe, then at Lander Vocational High
School in Lander. Cathy maintained and cherished the friendships she made in her school years throughout her life.

Cathy met the love of her life, Zane D. Gray (“Tarz”) of Chadron, in 1965. After a whirlwind romance, they were married in Ft. Washakie. Their first home was on the Round Valley Ranch in Ashby, Nebraska and their last ranch home was on the VR Ranch in Glenrock, WY. Living much of their lives on ranches in Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska, Cathy often worked alongside Tarz with the livestock and chores, but mostly did what she loved: cooking. Cathy’s talent for taking the simplest of ingredients and turning them into culinary delights gained her a reputation among friends and family, and she was often invited to cater meals for large ranch gatherings
and community events.

During the ’70s, Cathy and her husband moved back to Lovell to be near her grandparents as they aged. She worked at Rocky’s in Lovell for many years. She and Tarz were sponsors at the Lovell High School Rodeo Club and gained the love and respect of many young cowboys and cowgirls as they supported them in the wonderful sport of rodeoing.

When the time came for retirement from ranching, Cathy and Tarz reluctantly left the quiet country life to become city dwellers in Casper where they could be close to their son Wade and their beloved grandchildren. They enjoyed taking their grandchildren camping on
Memorial Day weekend to Ft. Robinson, Nebraska, going to the Asay family cabin in the Big Horns, escaping the winter cold in Arizona and visiting the many friends they made throughout their lives.

Cathy was born the oldest of twelve children and the eldest of 63 grandchildren. To her, family was everything! Being part of a large family was something she loved and was proud of. She supported them through the tough times and celebrated with them in the good times. Cathy
was known for being the memory-keeper in the family and was able to recall exact details of important events and dates. Her passing will leave a huge void in our family.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis C. Wallace and Catherine E. (Betty) Asay.

Cathy is survived by her husband of 55 years, Zane D. Gray; her son, Wade A. Gray; and her grandchildren, Gauge, Kayley and Brailyn Gray, all of Casper. She is also survived by eleven siblings: Sandra (Ken) Janzen of Colorado Springs, CO; Chuck (Karen) Diekemper of Las Vegas,
NV; Michael “Dutch” Diekemper of Powell, WY; Theresa (David) Burnett of Reno, NV; Geoffrey Wallace of Slidell, LA; Lydia (Mark) Killeen of Grand Rapids, MI; Tony (Kellie) Diekemper of Saverna Park, MD; Anne Diekemper of Cody, WY; Steve Diekemper of Casper, WY; Mary (Alex)
Walsh of West Falmouth, MA; and Lisa Diekemper of Powell, WY.

A private family inurnment will be held.