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2 I The Lovell Chronicle I October 27, 2011 Ester Sue Steck Abraham July 3, 1943 - Oct. 23, 2011 Ester Sue Steck Abra- ham died Oct. 23, 2011. She is now in a state of happi- ness where she is no longer suffering from her trials and the illness that has slowly taken her from her friends and family. Sue was born in Pow- ell on July 3, 1943, to Bud and Bernice Steck. She had a brother Don and a sister Nora Lee waiting for her. The family lived in Powell until "Daddy" was called to serve his country in World War II, at which time Ber- nice and the three children moved to Garland to be close to her grandparents, Gammy and Gumpy Steck. When Bud returned from his tour of duty in the Sea- bees, they built a home in Ralston where she lived un- til she graduated from Pow- ell High School in May of 1961. Life was good growing up. Sue loved exploring and doing things with her broth- er and sister. Living in the country was good for such adventures. Summers were spent going fishing and camping in Yellowstone and the Tetons with her fami- ly. When she was in junior high, her parents purchased a cabin on Kootney Lake in Canada. She loved to swim and staying right by the lake was just the ticket for lots of fun. She made many friends during the summers she spent there. Sue was very vivacious and fun loving. As a child she took piano lessons but would rather have been outside doing other things. No matter where she was or who she was with, there was always adventure. One could always count on hav- ing a good time with her. She met and fell in love with John M. Abraham and they were married on June 23, 1961, in the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City. Sue and John settled down on their little farm in By- ron where they started their own dairy farm. This re- quired lots of hard work and determination from the both of them and together they made it work. John and Sue were the parents to 10 children, and lots of "adopted" friends fre- quented their home on a reg- ular basis. She was "Mom" to them all. Sue loved to cook and it was nothing for her to cook for a crowd often. Her homemade bread was the best. Her children didn't know what store bought bread even tasted like and she always shared a loaf with others. She also loved to sew and two years ago for Christmas, she spent hours making each of her grand- children a rag quilt out of all the flannel she had used and saved from making pajamas for them over the years. Her home was a haven to many who called her "friend." Sue loved being a wife, mother and grandmother. Her fam- ily was her life. She studied homeopa- thy for years and helped her children and grand- children with their illness- es. Even though she knew this subject well, she never stopped wanting to learn more and trying to do what she thought would help her family. The family eventually moved to their present home on Whistle Creek where John got into the chicken business. After his passing, Sue did her very best to keep it going for him. It became too difficult for her to keep up so she sold everything and started taking care of herself. She was not a quit- ter and it was hard for her to give it up. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had many callings over the years where she served well. Her last calling was the Achievement Day leader for a group of young girls. She loved these girls and be- ing with them and teach- ing them a variety of things. Because of her illness, she had to give up this calling, which saddened her greatly. She was continually taking meals into those who were struggling in any way and she was there when anyone needed her for anything. She was an amazing person. Sue is survived by her 10 children: Craig (Kim) of Gillette, Curtis (Jen) of Byron, Jill (Bret) Baine of Ketchikan, Alaska, Brook (Holly) of Minn., Trent (Ko- lete) of Green River, Miria (Chris) Good of Powell, Tif- -ffahy (Gary) Phister of Pow- ell, Amber (Ryan) Messick of Atlanta, Melissa (Mike) Sigurdson of Billings, Kara (Tommy) Jones of Ketchikan and 50 grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Don (Judy) Steck of Mel-. bourne, Australia, and sister Nora Lee (Ralph) Onstine, of McCammon, Idaho, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, two grandchildren, Taylor and Lawrence, her parents Bud and Bernice Steck and Fluff, her faithful pet and compan- ion for many years. Our beloved Sue, Morn, Sister, Grandma, Aunt and friend, you are gone from us now but you will always be in our hearts. The example you have set of your testimo- ny, and your strength and courage through the years has been a lesson none of us will ever forget. We love you more. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the By- ron LDS Church. Viewing/ visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery. Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www. haskellfuneralhome.com. APPLICATIONS REQUESTED Big Horn County Solid Waste Board Letters of Application are requested from residents of the Big Horn County Solid Waste District who are interested in serving on the Big Horn County Solid Waste Board. Mail your application to Big Horn County Commissioners P.O. Box 31 Basin, WY 82410 by 5:00 PM, November 14, 2011. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS iiiilililiiiiii!ii!iiiii Mary Kath ryn (Viox) Schwope July 21, 1917 - Oct. 18, 2011 Mary Kathryn (Viox) Schwope passed to eter- : nal life on Oct. 18, 2011, in Wheatland. Mary Kay was born July 21, 1917, in Rock Springs. The daughter of Charles A. and Mary F. (Moriarty) Viox, she was raised in Green River, graduating from Green River High School in 1935. She was the granddaugh- ter of Green River pioneers Leo and Josephine Viox and James and Julia Mo- riarty. She was proud of her Irish-German heritage. She lived in Cheyenne for 64 years, Sheridan for five years, and Wheatland for six years. She worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a timekeeper in Cheyenne from 1936 to 1945. Dur- ing that time, she met E. Lawson Schwope and they married in 1940. World War II shaped the rest of their volunteer lives. They had four children: Michael (Linda) Schwope of Cow- ley, Fachon (Roger) Wilson of Sheridan, Camille Lione of Glenwood Springs, Colo., and Murel (Steve) Connol- ly of Wheatland. Mary Kay was ex- tremely active in the Chey- enne community, serving as a leader in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, 4-H and Parent Teachers Associa- tion. As a member of the American Legion Auxilia- ry, she served in all offices including Unit and State President, VA Hospital volunteer, Rehabilitation chairman coordinating vol- unteers at both Wyoming VA hospitals, and Nation- al Executive Committee- woman. She was recognized for her dedication to Legion and Auxiliary programs, re- ceiving the National Four Chaplain's Legion of Honor Certificate. She served on the Wy- oming Girls State staff for 14 years, was Girls State Director three years and served on the Girls Nation staff three years. She was both a Boys State and Girls State instructor. Other community ac- tivities include the Chey- enne Civil Defense Council, Democratic Party precinct and county offices, Lara- mie County Fair Board, Cheyenne Toastmistress Club, DePaul Hospital Guild Board, the Red Cross Board, Heart Fund Drive chair and the Laramie County and Wyoming Bi- centennial Committees. She was always known as Kay to family and friends until she threw her hat (and she had a lot of great hats) into the political ring and had to register with her legal name of Mary K. Schwope. She was elect- ed to 16 years in the Wyo- ming House of Representa- tives, serving on the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee, Travel, Wildlife and Recreation Commit- tee, the Rules Committee, the (Legislative) Journal and the National Council of State Legislatures. Among othe]: legislation, she spon- sored bills concerning hunter safety, snowmobile registration fees for trail grooming, charity pull tabs, bills requested by law en- forcement, veteran license plates and Vietnam Vet UW tuition, and the estab- lishment of the Wyoming Veterans' Oregon Trail Cemetery. Mary Kay was a Legis- lative Advisor to the Silver Haired, Jaycees and 4-H Legislatures and to Boys State and Girls State. She was appointed by then Gov. Ed Herschler to the State Advisory Coun- cil for Vocational Educa- tion. She held memberships in AARP, Cheyenne Senior Citizens, Zonta Interna- tional, Wyoming Historical Society, Wyoming Wildlife Federation, Union Pacif- ic Old Timers and Retired Railroad Employees Associ- ation, the Cheyenne Wom- an's Club and Saint Mary's Parish. In 2000, Mary Kay was named Wyoming Woman of Distinction by the Wyoming Women's Council. She epit- omized the ideal Wyoming woman: she was informed, articulate, caring effective and always a lady. She took pleasure in our natural beauty, enjoying hunting, fishing, hiking and camp- ing. She cared passionate- Faith Southern Boptist @ Church 340 E. 3rd St., Lovell Pastor Mi::a:51EMcKnight Services: Sunday School 9:46 am Morn. Worship 11 am. Eve. Worship 6 pm Wed. Bible Study 7 pm St. Joseph's Catholic Church 1141 Shoshone Ave,. LovelL WY Sacrifice of the Mass Sunday at 11:30 am Reverend Glen Szczechowski 5th & Montana, 548-7127 Rev. 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CALL TODAY AT 800-660-6181 WWW.VARN EYCLEANcARE.COM VARNEY CLEAN CARE IN WORLAND, POWELL AND CODY. ly about education, youth, veterans, the environment, senior concerns and the quality of everyday life in Wyoming. Our world is a better place because of her. While listing her many civic activities, it must be remembered her great- est accomplishments came through her family. She was a loving wife and moth- er, a master gardener, a versatile seamstress, an adventuress cook (how can anybody make three meat- less meals a day for 40 days of Lent? but oh, the des- serts), a raconteur of com- plex tongue twisters, with a storehouse of memorized poetry and song. She and Lawson's marriage of 61 years was a permanent commitment that resulted in an admirable partner- ship based upon love and respect. Their living lega- cy to their children, grand- children and great-grand- children and all who knew them is their underlying philosophy of service to oth- ers. Mary Kay Schwope is survived by four children, who each in their own way have served their respec- tive communities, due in part, to the example set by their mother. She is also survived by 10 grandchil- dren: Chelle and Lance Schwope, Christopher and Brian Wilson, Julie Dillon, Chris Braudis and Luke Murphy, Laine Moore, Jami Maves and Ben Con- nolly, and 15 great-grand children: Lacy, Ben, Car- son, Tanner, Mary, Alex, Jeffrey, Andrew, Ryan, Hailey, Emily, Kelly, Kevin, Grace, and Mad- die. She is also survived by a sister Rosalie (Bob) Neville of Salt Lake City and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary Kay was preced- ed in death by her parents, husband Lawson, sisters Helen Moerke and Jose- phine (Jo) Sturholm, broth- er Charles A. Viox, Jr. and grandson Shawn Schwope. In lieu of flowers, me- [Worship Service [9:00 am k Rev. Kurt McNabb| [Sunday School 110:30 urn  56 E. Main l lBible Lesson Lovell J . L6 pm . Serving Northern Big Horn County it,d A Methodist [ ] years at the corner of Park & Shoshone, Lovell Pastor Paula Morse Church: 548-7478 8:30 Dearer Worship 10:30 Lovell Worship morials may be made to the Mary Kay and E. Lawson Schwope Heritage Schol- arship at Laramie County Community College, 1400 East College Drive, Chey- enne, WY 82007, or charity of the donor's choice. A rosary and wake were held at St Patrick's Catho- lic Church in Wheatland on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. with Deacon Terry Arch- bold leading. Funeral ser- vices were held on Monday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Wheatland with Father Rob Spaulding officiating. Burial took place after in the Veterans' Cemetery in Casper. Gorman's Funeral Home - Platte Chapel was entrusted with arrange- ments. Condolences may be left for the family at gormanfh. com. She was a remarkable woman with an amazing ability to remember peo- ple's names and a wonder- ful sense of humor. She was a fierce patriot, a die-hard Democrat and proud Wyo- mingite. She never passed up a chance to recite a poem from her uncounted reper- toire, but her favorite by far was (author unknown) "Wyoming': Have you ever seen the sun rise on the high and rolling plain? Have you ever smelled wet sagebrush after a sud- den springtime rain? Did you ever feel the sting and smart of gravel in your face? Then you've never known the glamour of that god forsaken place, Wyoming. Have you ever seen the clear cut skyline when the evening shadows fall? When the mountains look like cardboard and you hear the coyotes call? Have you seen the painted badlands with their yellow, red and blue? You'll never know how lonesome life ean be until you do in ..... Wyoming. Have you seen the sand and sagebrush stretch for miles and miles away, While down the hill and along the draws the cooling shadows lay. It's lonesome, it's des- olate, it's off the beaten track. 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