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Obituaries: Kensinger, Lush, Jennings, Thompson, Soveroski

Arlene Janette Brown Kensinger

Arlene Janette Brown Kensinger, Born in Newberg, Oregon 6/18/30 to S. Paul and Bernice Brown went to be with her LORD on March 25, 2020. She Is survived by her sister Alice Brown Theobald (Lance) of Pine Bluffs, brother-in-law, Roland Marlatt of Torrington and step daughter Donna Kensinger, step grandchildren, Robert, Randy and Lesa, 6 step great grandchildren, cousins and nephews and nieces and all of her Rodeo Family. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Don in 1997, and one sister Pauline Marlatt in 2002.

She graduated in 1948 from Hawk Springs, Wyoming. Attended Beauty School in Cheyenne and was a cosmetologist and makeup artist for over 35 years.

Arlene married Don Kensinger in June of 1960. They worked together the rodeo life style, working for Verne Elliott, Harry Knight, The Buetler Brothers, Mike Cervie, Billie Minnick, and Harry and Karen Vold. In the winter they went to Acapulco, Mexico for 20 years water-skiing. Arlene became an expert water skier, holding the record of the womens slalom course, tricks pyramids, one leg stand, surfing, everything. Movies were made with this ski group in the background. Later enjoyed dancing and swimming in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

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Don passed away on October 15, 1997 after many years volunteering for Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo for over 60 years. This was more severe loss than the loss of her leg. He was a true legend in the rodeo world!
Arlene organized a Quadrille Team and performed for 10 years, including the Wild West Show and Rodeo at the World’s Fair in Brussels Belgium in 1958.
Arlene was the Founder and Director of the Dandies of the “Daddy of ‘Em All” in 1970 for29 years. Giving them the lesson learned from her Father, Paul Brown a School Superintendent, “Discipline, Love and Fun,” which has guided her entire life.

Started and served as State Queen Chaperone and Schedule Coordinator for Cheyenne Frontier Days for 18 years, growing from 3 to over 30 National and State Queens.

She had a freak boating accident Sept 20, 1994 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona and lost her leg at the hip, within minutes of death, she received 23 pints of blood in a 24 hr period and was then flown to Phoenix, Arizona, to their Trauma Center.

God still had plans for her to accomplish, so 2 months later she went to Las Vegas, Nevada to escort and chapter Miss Rodeo America Queen Michele Greene. The little girl she had judged when she won the National Little Britches Pageant at 10 years old.

She also attended Amputee Coalition of America Conventions with encouraging words to use prostheses, keep going and not indulge in self-pity.

After first hand experiencing the need for life saving blood donors, Arlene and her husband Don organized a Fund to build a United Blood Service building in Cheyenne, which was named in her honor.
Arlene served on the Miss Rodeo Wyoming Board for 10 years, as State Delegate and President.

A Miss Rodeo America volunteer since 1979, one of the first 2 women elected to the Executive Board, serving about 12 years. She started the Miss Rodeo America Scholarship Foundation. Authored 6 books 50 year history of Miss Rodeo America.

Has been inducted in the following Hall of Fames:
Tad Lucas Award in the Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in 1995,
Cowgirls of the West Museum, Cheyenne WY in 2000,First Class of Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame, Cheyenne in 2002,
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Ft Worth, TX in 2002,
Miss Rodeo America Hall of Fame, Las Vegas in 2004, and was honored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in 2009.

Arlene has said “These are truly a highlight and humbling event in my life, but the greatest reward is to have helped train 600 young women, showing them the value of a positive attitude and encourage them to pursue our western way of life.

Arlene believed that a positive attitude is our most important asset in life, and we are the only one that has control of it! “A bad attitude is the worst handicap one can have!”

This has truly been a legacy of pride, grit and stamina to leave behind which cannot be surpassed.

Friends can donate to the Old West Museum Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 2720, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003, the Arlene Kensinger Regional Blood Center, 112 East 8th Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001, or the charity of your choice.


Melva Lush

Melva Lush of Cheyenne passed away peacefully on March 24, 2020 at her home.

She was born Melva Caroline Pearson on September 15, 1919 on the family farm in Mitchell County, KS.  She grew up in Kansas and Nebraska with her parents and brothers. She met William (Bill) Lush in Pine Bluffs, WY and they moved to Cheyenne shortly after being married in 1938. They were together 70 years until Bill’s death in 2008. Together they raised four children; JoAnn, Wayne, Charles and John.

In addition to being a homemaker, she was active in many community organizations and church groups thru the years. During WWII she helped out on the Lush family farm feeding harvest crews and driving truckloads of wheat to the grain elevator – feats that always brought her a smile while reminiscing.

Melva is survived by her daughter, JoAnn Winter (Dennis); sons, Charles Lush (Mary Ann), John Lush (Deb Seemel); daughter-in-law, Linda Lush; brother, Dean Pearson; 8 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lush; son, Wayne Lush; parents, Frank and Edna Pearson; brothers, Dale Pearson, Robert Pearson and Wilbur Pearson and a grandchild, Joshua Lush.

Melva loved her family and found pleasure in counting all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Always a kind and gentle spirit, she touched the lives of many and made countless friends in her 100 years.

Services will held at a later date when travel and gathering concerns have lessened. Updated Information will be posted at that time.

Michael James Jennings

Michael James Jennings, 82, passed away March 25, 2020 in Cheyenne. He was born to Austin and Edith Jennings on January 9, 1938 in Cheyenne.
Michael graduated Cheyenne High School in 1956 and then worked in the oil field until 1960. He married Susan Coon in 1960 and moved to Jeffrey City, WY to work in the uranium mines. Michael and Susan had three children Laura, Cathy and Michael.

While in Jeffrey City, Michael served as President of the Sweetwater Community Council for three years and was a member of the Jeffrey Fire Department for five years.

They divorced in 1970 and Michael moved back to Cheyenne to work for Reed Ready Mix. Reed was sold to Simon Contractors where Michael worked until he retired in 2015.

Michael married Carol Wilson on May 18, 1970. Michael and Carol had three children Rex, Clint, and Jacque.

In 2007 Michael was awarded “The Truck Driver of Excellence Award” by the Contractors Association.

No services are planned for Michael. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Twyla Joye Thompson

Twyla Joye Thompson, 93, of Cheyenne, passed away March 29, 2020 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

Twyla was born February 12, 1927 in Ransom, KS, daughter of the late Omer and Caroline Alena (Popejoy) Sidebottom.  She was a graduate of College High School in Greeley, Colorado, where she earned a college scholarship.

Twyla attended the Colorado State College of Education at Greeley, earning a bachelor’s degree in education, majoring in Foreign Languages with minors in English and Fine art.  She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Lambda Theta, Honor societies for Education, and Phi Sigma Iota, Honor Society for Foreign Languages.

She taught typing, bookkeeping, shorthand and home economics at Hillsdale High School, where she developed lasting memories of her students.  She then taught Spanish at Carey Jr. High for 28 years, retiring in 1986. 

Twyla enjoyed tennis, skiing, golfing, camping and boating with her husband and family.  She loved traveling to visit her family.

She leaves behind her loving family, son, Col. (Ret., USAF) David (Patricia) Thompson; daughters, Kathy (Ron) Escobedo and Sheryl (Mark) Shuster; four grandchildren, Rachel Campbell, Austin John, Sam Shuster and Jessica Shuster; and two great-grandchildren, Carson Campbell and Sutton John. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Edward Merle Thompson, Jr.; parents; and siblings, Charles, Leota and Carol. 

A family funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday with live streaming available for the public.   Interment will follow in Beth El Cemetery.

A streaming link and condolences may be offered to the family at www.schradercares.

Joanne Eleanor Soveroski,

Joanne Eleanor Soveroski, 60, of Cheyenne, died on March 24, 2020 in Cheyenne.

She was born on January 28, 1960 in San Diego, California.

Joanne worked in the offices of the Wyoming Purchasing Department. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed movies, music, and being in nature. She also enjoyed cooking and caring for her pets, and was an active member of her church community, regularly devoting time to the prayer line.

Joanne is survived by her two children, Alex Soveroski of Laramie, and Jane Soveroski of Denver, Colorado; her mother, Sally Mounier; her brothers, Scott and John Mounier; and her sister, Elaine Bragg.

Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Soveroski, and her father, Thomas Mounier.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

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