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Rose Mary Ward

Rose Mary Ward: 1962 – 2023

On March 14th, Rose Mary (Bruns) Ward, 60 years young, lost her long battle with cancer surrounded by her loved ones.

Rose was not just an inspiration to us…she was a beautiful light that shone the way a lighthouse shines to protect the ships from rocky outcroppings. With care, grace, elegance, and humor, she lived her life as a beacon of joy, thoughtfulness, and love for others. There was not one soul she met that she didn’t touch, and her legacy will continue to live on. Rose was a beautiful soul, full of life and love, sadly taken from us too soon.

Rose bravely battled uterine cancer for the better part of the last year, making jokes about it along the way. She never gave up hope and she never lost her sense of humor. Her positive outlook no doubt helped, but sadly the disease was not done and spread to her lungs. By the time the doctors realized the cancer had spread so aggressively, it was too late. 

Rose fought bravely until the very end, with a smile on her face. Always caring about those closest to her and taking her positivity into her final moments on this earth. Rose will forever be remembered in our hearts as a mother, as friend, a shoulder to cry on, a neighbor, and a woman who emanated love and passion into the lives of all those fortunate enough to know her. Rose will be missed by so many.

Rose left this world to join her grandson, Zachary Bruns; her father Charles “Shorty” Bruns; her maternal grandparents, Pearl (Murray) Rickgauer and Edward Rickgauer; and her paternal grandparents, Mary and Theodore Bruns.

Rose’s legacy will be carried on by her children Edward L. and Tamra Bruns, Stephanie (Ward) and Bryan Roberts, Michael Ward and Jon Turner; her grandchildren Kaydence, Isabell, Camren, Ayden, Presleigh and Waylon; her brothers Russell Bruns, William Bruns, Edward T. Bruns and Stewart Merritt;  her mother Helen (Rickgauer) Jerome and many nieces, nephews, extended family and very loved friends.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., on March 20, 2023, at Prairie Sky Venue (Bethlehem Community Church) 1120 WY-50, Gillette, Wyoming 82718. Fellowship will follow the memorial service at the venue.

Condolences, donations and flowers can be brought to the venue on the day of service.

Edna L. Davis: February 6, 1924 — March 9, 2023

Edna L. Davis, 99, of Gillette, passed away on March 9, 2023 at Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette. Edna was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Jarvis and Agnes (Prickett) Wallage.

She was raised and educated in western Nebraska. After graduation from high school, she married Thomas H. Davis in 1945. The couple had two children: Shirley and Thomas W. They moved to Moorcroft in 1953 and then to Gillette in 1963.

She will be remembered by many as the assistant librarian at Campbell County High School. Edna enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, sewing, quilting, and raising tomatoes with Bruce.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her great-grandson, Jacob Kato. 

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Ken Kato, their children: Lesley and Kevin (Christine); son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Jan Davis and their children: Toby (Brandi) and Corey (Jennifer); four great grandchildren: Zachary, Madilyn, Harper and Teagan; neighbors: Bruce and Pam Dommer, Pat Farmer, as well as numerous friends in the Gillette area. 

Edna will be interred in Fairview Cemetery, Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Private family services will be held at a later date. Condolences can be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th St., Gillette, Wyoming or via the internet at www.GilletteMemorialChapel.com.


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