Donna Rae Matheson: September 5, 1950 – August 31, 2022
Donna Matheson, age 71, passed away on August 31, 2022 at her home from complications of COPD, with her family surrounding her.
Donna was born in Gillette, Wy on September 5, 1950. Donna was the youngest child born to George and Alvina (Weaver) Sutherland.
Donna married Delbert Matheson on September 13, 1967 in Rapid City, South Dakota. In 1970 they welcomed their first daughter, Stacey into the world and then another daughter Dulcy in 1971.
Through the years Donna was employed by Ben Franklin and Pioneer Manor. From 1977 to 1979, both Donna and her husband, Delbert, ran mail for the Postal Service from Newcastle to Gillette, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Donna ended her career at CCSD as a school bus driver, and after 30 years, retired in 2010.
There wasn’t a day that passed that she didn’t talk about how much she missed her students.
Donna had various hobbies such as road trips and concert going with her sister (Eileen), camping, fishing on her pontoon and gambling.
Donna will be greatly missed by her daughters, Stacey Wilder (Kelly Guffey) of Gillette, Wy and Dulcy Strong (Tony) of Parker, Colorado. 2 granddaughters; Taylor Moen (Jared) and Kristan Krahn (Desmond). 2 grandsons; Trevor Wilder and Tanner Wilder. 3 great-grandchildren, Kora and Violet Moen and Jiraiya Krahn.
Donna was preceded in death by her sister and best friend Eileen Hewgley, who passed 11 days prior to Donna, both Donna’s parents and her sister, Anita Kain.
A gathering of friends and family will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm at Gillette Memorial Chapel. Services for Donna Matheson will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2022, alongside her sister Eileen, at 1:00 pm, at Family Life Church with Pastor George Keralis officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society or Gillette Animal Shelter, 950 W. Warlow Drive, PO Box 518, Gillette, WY, 82717, 307-686-5249.
Memorials and condolence 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
Eileen was born in Gillette, WY to George and Alvina (Weaver) Sutherland on July 18th 1947. She was the third of four children and attended grade school in Gillette. In 1962, at the age of 14, she married Art Reynolds.
They worked on several ranches in the area. They had one son, Pete, born in 1964. They later divorced and in 1966 Eileen married Hollis Linnens. To this union, two sons were born. Cecil in 1966 and Robert in 1970.
They would later divorce and in 1973 Eileen married Joe Miller and Joey was born in 1975. Joe worked the oilfields which took him to Casper, Wy in 1977, and then to Farmington NM in 1980.
When her and Joe divorced in the early 90’s she moved to Alaska and spent about 2 years where she went to college classes and received a degree in bookkeeping.
In her younger years she worked as a waitress and cook at cafes in Gillette which included Stockman’s Café, The Goings and Huskey Truck Stop. She later owned her own restaurant in Douglas, WY., where she met Bill Hewgley. They were married in 2001 and lived on his family farm in Ovid, CO. Until Bill’s passing in 2010.
She loved to cook big meals and insisted on cooking the Thanksgiving meal for family and friends. Although cooking was her passion she loved to sew, quilt and was an avid fisherman. She loved to travel and she and her sister would travel to Arizona, Florida and places in between, even taking a cruise to Alaska and to Germany on several occasions to visit Joey.
Eileen is survived by her sons, Pete (Tanya) Reynolds of Gillette, Cecil (Donna) Linnens of Phoenix, AZ, Robert Miller of Farmington NM, and Joey (Sandra) of Burglengenfeld Germany; 9 grandchildren, 12 great kids plus one on the way and 1 great, great grandson; Brother Jim (Martha) Sutherland of Tensleep WY, and Donna Matheson of Gillette.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Sutherland, her mom Alvina Beck, husband Bill Hewgley and sister Anita Kain.
A public gathering for visitation with family will be conducted on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Gillette Memorial Chapel from 5pm to 7pm.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 8, 2022 at Family Life Church with Pastor George Keralis officiating. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716.