Obituaries: Stafford, Grams

Kendal J. Stafford

Kendal J. Stafford: September 5, 1982 – April 24, 2022

Memorial service for Kendal Stafford will be held at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at Walker Funeral Home with Pastor Ernie Bishop officiating. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716.

Clara Maxine Grams

Clara Maxine Grams: February 1, 1927 – April 24, 2022

Funeral Service for Clara Maxine Grams will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, May 2, 2022 at Gillette Memorial Chapel; interment to follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will take place one hour prior to services starting at 12:00 p.m., also at Gillette Memorial Chapl. Clara Maxine Grams, age 95 of Gillette, Wyoming passed away on April 24, 2022 at the Legacy Living and Rehab Center. Maxine was a Campbell County native born on February 1,1927 in Gillette to Charles G. and Bertha B. (Harrod) Hitt.  She was raised on a homestead south of Gillette. She helped with the family dairy, washing milk bottles, churning cream and butter. She attended Harrod elementary rural school and Campbell County High School, graduating in 1947. Maxine taught school for two years at the Joe and Bill Maycock ranch. She clerked at the Wilson Dime Store and was the clerk and presser at the downtown dry cleaners. She met and married Raymond Grams on March 19,1952 in Buffalo, Wyoming. Maxine and Ray raised four children. She enjoyed being Raymond’s partner for 58 years in life, working together wheat farming and raising cattle. Maxine’s greatest joy was raising her children, Timothy, Curtis, Ramona, and Brian. She enjoyed every aspect of being a mother and all the “labor of love” that it required. She loved to sew, keeping her Singer sewing machine busy making clothing for herself and Ramona, and clothes for baby dolls and Barbies through Ramona’s childhood. She loved to embroider and completed several sets of tea towels of various designs. She mended blue jeans with her own method for worn knees, made some feather down vests and jackets, blanket quilts, baby blankets, sweatshirt sweaters, purses and her oodles of knit pants. Maxine also loved to be the family barber for her boys. She was a member of the Wyoming Homemakers Club and served several years on election board. Maxine enjoyed being hospitable to hunters from out of state in the fall, farm equipment dealers, anyone who would come to visit and have a cup of coffee and a piece of apple pie, her favorite raisin bar treat or homemade cinnamon roll. Maxine was a sweet lady, as many describe her from caring for her at Legacy. She was known to be gracious, kind, patient and caring, she will be dearly missed. She is survived by her son, Curtis (Denise) Grams of Casper, Wyoming; daughter, Ramona (Tim) Irby of Gillette;  five grandchildren, Carrie (Bryan) Hebert, Caren (Cody) Holdren both of Casper, Wyoming; Robert Grams of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Rhea (Harley) Martin of Gillette; and Kyle (Miranda) Irby of Twin Falls, Idaho; also 13  great-grandchildren.  Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, her seven siblings, her husband, Raymond, youngest son, Brian and oldest son, Timothy. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com

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