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Obituaries: Guthrie; Franks; Gilmore

Helen Marie Guthrie

Helen Marie Guthrie: 1953 – 2022

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Helen Marie Guthrie (Andrews), born June 19th 1953 in Casper,Wy passed away peacefully at her home on December 28th 2022 at the age of 69 or as she would say “29 and holding”. Helen was born in Casper, Wy to Dalton Kent (Bud) and Amy Vivian Andrews. Helen was the third of four beautiful Daughters. Helen attended both Kelly Walsh and Natrona County High School before completing her GED. She worked as a waitress and a candy striper before dedicating her time to her family as a homemaker and friend.

Early in life she shared a brief marriage to Mel Morrison. After an amicable separation, she still stayed close to his family. On February 25th 1981, Helen married the love of her life, Steve Guthrie. Together they had 2 kiddos, Trish Lee and Shaun Henry. Helen became a Grandmother in 1999 to Austin and then over the years gained seven more Grandchildren. Jennifer, Emma, Preston, Hannah, Alyssa, Evan and Zachary.

Helen was happy to play Cribbage, Pinnacle, and hand “n” foot. But, if you didn’t play in turn she would “yip,yip, yip”. She loved her coffee, chinese, gambling, and walking with her bag to pick up litter. She would write everything down so she wouldn’t miss a thing. Timers were not her friend because she would forget why she set them. Helen prided herself for donating gallons, upon gallons of blood, over many years to those who needed it. Her contagious cackle would let anyone know how happy she was, how loved you were, or if you were in incredible trouble.

She loved fiercely and is fiercely loved forever “this much more” every second of every day.

Preceded in death by many loved ones along the way. Steve Jay Guthrie (Husband), Amy and Glenn Henry (mother and step-father), Kent Andrews (father), Leora Shumway (sister), Susan Handley-McQueary (sister), Joe Smith and Jerry Valentine (brother in laws), Pete Peterson (bonus dad), Myrtle Deveda (Phillips) Guthrie (mother in law), Ron Guthrie (brother in law).

She is survived by Trish (daughter) Reeb and Chris York (son in law). Their children Austin Reeb, Preston and Alyssa York. Shaun (son) and Joy (daughter in law) Guthrie. Their Children Jennifer, Emma, Hannah, Evan and Zachary Guthrie. Ruth Andrews (step-mother), Barbara Andrews (aunt), Vivian Smith (sister who joined her a day after for their special journey), Tony Handley (nephew) and family, Wendy (niece) and Jack Palmer and family, Brenden Westbrook (nephew), Kathleen Shumway (niece), Dale Guthrie (brother in law) and family, Stan Guthrie (brother in law) and family, Connie Cropsey (sister in law) and family, Rita Petersen (bonus mom) and family, Lucy Garrison (friend for life), Sherrie Hettinger (friend for life), Carol Stoger (friend for life) and a Village of people who all love and miss her dearly.

Services will be on Friday, January 13, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions. A reception will follow on Friday, January 13, 2023, at the VFW Memorial Post #9439, 1800 Bryan Stock Trail Casper Wyoming

Arrangements are under the direction of Newcomer Casper. 


Shirley Ann Riley Franks

Shirley Ann Riley Franks: March 16, 1936 – January 3, 2023

Shirley quietly passed away in the comfort of her own home on January 3, 2023.  She was born on March 16, 1936 to Minnie Ola and William “Buck” Riley in Ada, Oklahoma.  She was the youngest of 9 children.

Growing up in Oklahoma Shirley found a love for basketball and was a star player on her high school basketball team.  During those years she made lifelong friends with her teammates. 

Shirley married her husband Ray on July 5th, 1955 together they moved to Casper, Wyoming in 1961 where they spent the next 52 years.

In 2013, Shirley returned to her home town of Ada, Oklahoma. She loved living in Ada. She would always comment on how nice and helpful everyone in the town was. During that time she was able to reconnect with old friends and family and make new friends. 

We will remember Shirley as someone who loved to laugh and make others laugh.  She loved music, fishing on the banks of the Platte River, catching up with old friends, holding grudges, Salems, Cadillacs, a good cup of coffee, a hot slot machine & submitting the occasional Letter to the Editor in her local newspaper.  All of which could never compete with the love she had for her family.

Shirley is survived by her daughter Tammy (Chaz) Farnham of Casper, Wyoming; grandchildren: Jamie (Matt) Holthouse of Fort Collins, Colorado, Sammy Miller of Casper, Wyoming; great-granddaughters: Marley & Miya Holthouse of Fort Collins, Colorado & several nieces, nephews and close cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Frank; her mother & father, Minnie Ola and William “Buck” Riley; her brothers: Albert, Curt & Andrew, her sisters: Lucille, Anabel & Mae.


Jay D Gilmore: December 29, 1957 – December 30, 2022

Jay D Gilmore, age 65, of Mills, Wyoming, passed away December 30, 2022. He was born on December 29, 1957, in Fort Carson, Colorado to William Gilmore Jr. and Ruth Gilmore. He served in the United States Marine Corp and was honorably discharged.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Bill and Randy Gilmore.

Jay is survived by his wife, Cheryl Gilmore, two sons, Steve and Jason Gilmore, one brother, Wes Gilmore, and sister, Tammy Gilmore.

Military Honor services for Jay will be held at a later date.

Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.


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