Obituaries: Carson, Lee

Ronna Jean Carson

Ronna Jean CarsonNovember 30, 1948 – July 16, 2022

Mass of Christian Burial for Ronna Carson, 72, of Arvada will be held 11 a.m., Friday, July 22, 2022 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, with Father Bryce Lungren officiating; interment to follow in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Gillette Memorial Chapel; with vigil / prayer service to begin at 6:00 p.m.  Ronna passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2022 in Gillette.

Ronna was born November 30, 1948, the daughter of Rupert and Rosemary (Rohan) Werner in Gillette, Wyoming.   She was raised and educated in Spotted Horse, WY and later graduated high school from Campbell County High.   After graduation, Ronna attended a business school in Rapid City, SD.   She married Orville R. Carson on Dec. 31, 1970 in Gillette, WY.  After Orville returned back from being drafted in Vietnam, the couple made their home and started their family in Spotted Horse, WY.

Ronna worked as bus driver for Campbell County School District for 35 years as well as owning and operating their family cattle ranch.  She also worked at Campbell County Hospital in Gillette for a number of years as well as other odd jobs here and there in the summers when she was not driving the bus.  Orville and Ronna have been ranching together for most of their 52 and half years together.  First working for and partnering with her father, RJ Werner and then later bought and operated their own ranch just a few miles away on Spotted Horse Creek.

Ronna enjoyed following her grandkids around and watching them in all of their sporting events as well as making most every rodeo or jackpot until lately when her health started to fail her.  She could not only be seen, but heard amongst the crowd cheering them on.  There are few videos made that you can hear her in the background yelling and cheering for them.  She was also part owner in MANY rodeo horses over the years.  She was and will always be their biggest fan.  She loved all things rodeo and she could recite and tell you most all of the current PRCA guys and gals and their standings as of late.  She was an avid rodeo fan.  It was best not to call from 7- 10 pm as she was tuned into the Cowboy Channel, but would be sure to text you the highlights of her favs as they happened!  There wasn’t anyone Ronna ever met or ran into that she did not consider a friend.   If you could learn anything from Ronna, it was that everyone deserves a chance and you would never catch her talking bad of anyone.  She was a true family matriarch and was the glue that held it all together.  Life was not easy, but she lived life fully every day, and believed you could accomplish anything as long as you worked hard at it.

Ronna will be missed by her husband of 52 years; children: Waylon Carson and Paige (Sonny) Oedekoven both of Gillette; grandchildren: Chelsey Distad, Faith Tarver, Denton Carson, Alissa Oedekoven, Vincent Oedekoven,  Dani Oedekoven and Sydney Oedekoven; one great grandchild Tilton Tarver; sisters: Kathy Wolff and Debra Larson, both of Gillette and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Memorials and condolences can be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th St., Gillette, WY 82716.  Memories can also be shared via the internet at

Ruby Lee

Ruby Lee: 1955 – 2022

Ruby Lee, age 66, loving mother of four, passed away on January 19, 2022 in Lone Tree Colorado at Skyridge Medical Center after losing her courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Manitowoc, WI April 29, 1955 to her beloved mother Verna Dodge.

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Ruby was a hardworking, generous, courageous, loving and kind mother. Ruby also shared these characteristics with her friends and extended family.

In her free time, Ruby loved gardening, nature, animals, bird watching, and music. She also loved spending time with family and friends. Ruby is survived by her son Terence Byers, daughters Azalee Byers (Tim), Christina Moore (Thomas), mother Verna Dodge, sisters; Kathy McKinzie (Tom), Toni Dodge, Thelma Cunningham (Tom), Diane Pischke (Dan), Melonie Cadwell (Will), grandchildren; Kristen Bergh, Shaylynn King, Jovan Bergh, Devyn King, Kyana King, Aubreeana Moore, great grandchildren; Jayden King, Karina Bergh, Cameryn King, Avery Bergh, Penelope Bergh. Ruby is also survived by many nieces and nephews who adored her.

Ruby was preceded in death by her daughter Shawna Byers, brother Shane Dodge, and grandparents.

If flowers grow in heaven Lord, please pick a bunch for us. Then place them in our mother’s arms and tell her they are from her children and family that loves her so much. Tell her that we love and miss her and when she turns to you to smile, place a kiss upon her forehead and hold her in your loving arms. You are loved and missed dearly, you will never be forgotten.

Rest easy our beautiful angel.