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Obituary: Richards, Woolery

Lila Richards

Lila VeLois Richards: 1932—2022

Lila VeLois (Harper) Richards, of Brookhurst, Wyoming, on that peaceful Psalm Sunday, April 5, 2020, while birds were singing, the sunshine reflected beautifully off Casper Mountain, while surrounded with the love of her family, took flight. Wings spread wide into the azure blue skies where she will forever be free to soar.

On a cold winter morning Jan. 28, 1932, in Silt, Colorado, Robert A. Harper and Edna M. (Riddle) Harper joyfully announced their new baby girl, Lila VeLois Harper. At home Lila was greeted with love by her older sister Twila and brother Lloyd. Soon, she would be welcoming younger siblings Nelda, Colene, Robert “Pug”, Emily, and Jack.

Lila enjoyed life to the fullest, always on the go. Raising six children, there was never a dull moment. In the early 1960s, Lila drafted maps for J.A. Wattie Map Co. Soon after she joined the Retail Clerks Local 7 as a secretary and quickly moved into the union steward position. Through hard work and dedication, she worked her way into management with Safeway Stores in Casper until her retirement.

Lila joined the Casper Eagles Aerie No. 306 Women Auxiliary in 1966. Lila was honored to hold Women’s Auxiliary local president and later would become State Auxiliary Honorary Mother of the Year. You could find her calling Bingo or along with husband Johnny Richards working hard in the kitchen. She also bowled her way into the 200 and 600 Club.

Lila was very creative which showed in all her arts and crafts. She always was getting a call to work her magic on weddings and special occasions.

Lila loved life in general, but her real happiness was her family. Lila’s six children blessed her with 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Lila was known not only as Grandma, she also went by the names Gigi and Nana. She loved each and every one of her grandchildren, as much as they loved her, and she was proud to speak about her fifth generation photo that hung on the wall. Lila was a proud grandmother all the way.

At the age of 85, for the first time in her life Lila was more than honored to be the Flower Girl in her granddaughter Shawn’s wedding. She would joke “there is a first time for everything.”

Lila leaves behind a sister Emily Rosette of Casper, daughters, Glenda (Smith) Brewster, Ft Lupton, Colorado, VeLois Smith, Joann Clark (Rick) Hytrek of Mills, Paula Miller (Mark) Juneau of Arvada, Colorado, sons, Dale and (Sherri) Smith, Dan and (Chris) Clark of Evansville, Wyoming.

Lila had a special place in her heart for Kathy (Richards) and Joe Rohr of Casper, Wyoming, and Pam Richards of Kissimmee, Florida. Lila also leaves behind her special friend and Caregiver Roy Vega. We know Roy went above and beyond to give Lila the love and care she deserved, and we are especially thankful every time we look at the photos of all the fun trips they took. Lila also leaves her dear friend Rosi, who was always there when needed or just to cheer Lila up with some flowers or a card and good company.

Lila also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Lila was greeted in Heaven with open arms by her parents Robert and Edna Harper of Casper, Wyoming, her siblings Twila Harper (Ted) Allen of Santiquin, Utah, Lloyd Harper of Arlington, Texas, Nelda Harper of Evans, Colorado, Bobbie C. Harper (Jerry Dean) Stoneking of Evansville, Wyoming, Robert “Puggy” Harper of Glenrock, Wyoming, Jack (Judy) Harper of Sparks, Nevada, and her step-daughter Connie (Richards) Lanouette of Plant City, Florida.

Please join us for a Celebration of Life for Lila and Colene, Sisters Forever, on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1800 Bryan Stock Trail, Casper, WY 82601.


Loretta Woolery

Loretta Eve Woolery: 1952—2022

Loretta Eve Woolery, age 69 of Casper, Wyoming, passed away on July 6, 2022, after a long illness at Wyoming Medical Center.

Loretta was born Aug. 15, 1952, to Lyall and Beulah Pitt in Roosevelt, Utah. She graduated from Union High School in 1970 and embarked on a journey of lifelong learning studying topics such as paralegal studies, psychology and criminal justice.

In 1992, she married Bruce Woolery, and they shared 30 years of joyful marriage. Loretta enjoyed serving others in her work, and held such jobs as a paralegal, bailiff, operator, and office assistant. She loved people, and along the way made an impact on several lives, often “adopting” others into her fold. She was strong-willed, intelligent, and kind-hearted. She loved St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, the Kansas City Chiefs, horror movies and music, but mostly she loved her family, particularly her grandchildren.

Loretta is survived by her husband, Bruce Woolery of Casper, Wyoming, her children Laurie (Matt) Johnstone, Jesse (Debbie) Kelly, Leslie Kelly, and Chase (Kelley) Woolery, brother Steve (Jene) Pitt, grandchildren Taylor, Colten, Ali, Kaylie and Lylla, many nieces and nephews, and numerous “adopted” children and grandchildren she claimed as her own.

Funeral services will be at Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at the Riverton Cemetery in Riverton, Wyoming, at 1 p.m. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.


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