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Obituaries: Anderson; Foster; Richardson

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Caroline May Anderson: 1942 – 2023

Caroline May Anderson 81, of Gillette, Wyoming passed away September 7, 2023 at Campbell County Health of natural causes.

A Celebration of Life will be held September 30, 2023 at 2:00 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 200 Rockpile Blvd, Gillette, Wyoming.

Caroline was born May 27, 1942 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the first of four children to Lloyd and Lolita (Daggett) Rhodes, where she married her childhood sweetheart, Jerry Anderson.

Caroline enjoyed spending time with family and friends, she touched so many lives by her loving and kind spirit. She could put a smile on anyone’s face. Her passion was painting on canvas, gardening; she loved flowers, and she also enjoyed fishing.

She will be missed by many, and will forever be in our hearts. “Sweet Caroline.”

Caroline is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jerry Anderson; son, Jerry Anderson III; daughter, Tamara Kramer; sister, Lolita (Suzie) Fenton; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made in Caroline’s name to benefit Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation 8815 Conroy Windermere Rd. Suite 309, Orlando, FL 32835 or American Cancer Foundation PO Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Donna Marie Foster

Donna Marie Foster: 1950 – 2023

Funeral service for Donna Foster will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 16, 2023 at Gillette Memorial Chapel; interment to follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

On September 9, 2023, Donna Foster went to be with the lord. She was 72 years old.

Donna was a committed christian who served God with all her heart.

She was born to Donald and Elsie Bates on December 4, 1950, in Fort Eustis, Virginia. She was a country gal who loved nature and raising chickens. She had a passion for angels and had many representations of them in her home.

She met Jim Foster, the love of her life, in Torrington, Wyoming when she was 16 years old and married him in 1967 shortly after her 17th birthday. Together they raised five children: Jeremy (Christina), Chad (Laura), Jordon (Andrea), Sara (Josh), and Conner; who gave them ten grandchildren: Taylor, Sabrina, Danielle, Korben, Lakia, Corina, Ashlyn, Nakaya, Kaylah, and Braydon; and three great-grandchildren: Hadlee, Brinlee, and Kaycee.

Donna was a loving mother and grandmother who always took care of her family, which includes being a secondary mother to her nieces and nephews. She was always there to support them with her prayers and advice. Donna was a kind and generous person who touched many lives with her smile and faith. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. 

Betty Lee Richardson

Betty Lee Richardson: 1935 – 2023

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Betty Richardson, 87, of Gillette, will be held 1:00 p.m., September 15, 2023, at the Gillette Memorial Chapel.  Interment will follow in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Betty Lee Richardson, a cherished mother, and grandmother, passed away on September 9, 2023, in Gillette, Wyoming, surrounded by her family.

Born on October 12, 1935, in Sheridan, Wyoming, Betty was raised in Sheridan until moving to Florida when she was in high school.  On July 13, 1953, she exchanged wedding vows with Jimmy Richardson, in Miami, Florida.  While they lived in Florida their son Ron was born followed by Carol, Jeanne and Sherry.  They moved to Gillette, Wyoming in 1963.

In 1970 Betty received her cosmetology license and started working at “Bea’s Beauty Shop” owned by her mother.  In 1978, the couple moved to Wright where they lived for many years. While her husband worked for Black Thunder Coal Mine, Betty opened Wright’s first hair salon, the “Kountry Hair Hut”.

Betty’s faith in God was an integral part of her life. She was an active and devoted member of the Wright Baptist Church, where she led women’s bible studies and served as a teacher for Girls in Action.  Her commitment to her spiritual community touched the lives of many and made a lasting impact. After they retired, they moved back to Gillette and enjoyed traveling. 

Betty also enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and spending time with them.  She was a blessing to all of them and they also loved spending time with her.  Betty loved flowers and enjoyed creating beautiful floral arrangements.  In her leisure time, she also enjoyed needlepoint.  

After her husband passed, she would find fun playing the slot machines in Deadwood with friends and family. While living at her care facility she made many friends and enjoyed church services, playing Bingo and listening to music.

Betty’s memory will be forever cherished by her children: Carol Maddux, Jeanne Gonzalez and Sheryl (Farren) Morgan.   

Additionally, Betty leaves behind granddaughters: Stacy, Niki, Heidi, Mariah, Jenn, and Dani. Grandsons; Jason, Matty, Josh, and Jonathan. and numerous great-grandchildren whose lives were enriched by her love and guidance.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son; and siblings: Della Wasserburger, James Bridges, Connie Butler, and Richard Bridges; two son-in-laws, Tip Bryant and Bobby Gonzalez; and one grandson, Jeremy Novak.

Betty Lee Richardson’s departure leaves a void in our community, but her memory will forever inspire us to be compassionate, loving, and devoted to our loved ones. She will be deeply missed, but her impact will be felt for generations to come.