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Obituaries: Latta; O’Donnell; Turk

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Betty Latta

Betty Latta: 1931 – 2023

Betty Jane Latta passed away at Davis Hospice Center on April 29, 2023.

Betty was born in Lingle, Wyoming on July 18, 1931; the ninth child to Alexander and Savina (Weitzel) Herdt, German-Russian immigrants.

Betty was proud of her heritage and large family. She told many stories of growing up on the family farm, including the labor of working in the beet fields at a young age. The Herdts moved to Torrington, Wyoming and Betty graduated from Torrington High School in 1949. She enjoyed working as a soda jerk in Torrington prior to marrying Bob Latta in 1956. They moved to Cheyenne and later divorced.

Betty worked in retail; her last employment was MotoFoto. She had a strong work ethic and Christian faith, which she instilled into her children. Betty’s favorite vacation was taking the Amtrak train to California. The family spent countless hours sunbathing and playing on the beaches of Capitola and Santa Cruz. Betty’s grandchildren were her joy. Board games, ‘Sorry’ being the favorite, and ice cream were the norm at grandma’s house. Betty is survived by children Jay Latta, Jan (Stuart) Pierson; grandchildren David (Janelle) Latta, Michael (Tamera) Pierson, Trey (Trang) Pierson, Jordon Pierson, Mae Pierson; great grandchildren; Indigo Pierson; and many nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her son Jon Latta; her parents; siblings, Albert, Leo, Ted, Alexander (Blackie), Alma, Helen, Robert, Elnora, Wilbert, Raymond, Irene and an infant sister.

Condolences may be made to www.wrcfuneral.com. An Interment service will be held at Valley View Cemetery Torrington Wyoming at a later date.

A special thank you to the staff and volunteers at Davis Hospice Center and home hospice the past few months and the home caregivers the last few years who provided support with compassion and respect.

In lieu of flowers or a donation, please perform a random act of kindness in Betty’s memory.


Regina Marie O’Donnell

Regina Marie O’Donnell: 1961 – 2023

Regina Marie O’Donnell, 61, of Cheyenne, died on April 30, 2023 in Cheyenne.

She was born on August 9, 1961 in Wichita, Kansas.

Regina was a kind, gentle and loving person who cared about everyone. She always cheered for the underdog. She was warm-hearted, generous and never said a bad word about anyone. She was interested in crafts and created a family cookbook which is still in use by her siblings and nieces and nephews, and she enjoyed playing games and time with family.

She is survived by her siblings, Kevin O’Donnell, Julie O’Donnell, Rory O’Donnell, William J O’Donnell, Kathleen M O’Donnell and Brian O’Donnell; and her nieces and nephews, Kathleen L O’Donnell, Wesley O’Donnell, Lucas Cabeza, Evan O’Donnell, Callie O’Donnell and Jace and Sage Dixion.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William R and Dorothy J O’Donnell.

Funeral Liturgy will be Monday, 10:00 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with burial to follow in Olivet Cemetery.


Barbara Mae Turk

Barbara Mae Turk: 1932 – 2023

Barbara Mae Turk, 90, of Cheyenne, passed away on November 23, 2022 at the CRMC.

She was born to Dan and Freda Heinbigner in Loveland, Colorado on Mother’s Day, May 8, 1932.

Barbara was the proud granddaughter of German immigrants who came to the U.S. from Russia in the early 1900’s by way of Ellis Island, New York. They settled in Loveland, Colorado.

She attended schools in Loveland and later in Cheyenne, Wyoming where her family had moved in 1945 at the end of WWII.

Barbara and Sam Turk were married in 1956. They celebrated 51 happy years together.

She had been employed by the Federal Government for many years. When she and Sam retired, they moved to Loveland and became actively involved in restoring and selling antiques. They returned to Cheyenne in 1999. Sam passed away in 2007. Barbara continued living in their home where she spent many happy hours researching her family history. She included documents, pictures, and stories in an album for the family to enjoy.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women’s Group. She worshiped Jesus, her Lord and Savior.

Barbara is survived by a son, Randy Salo; two sisters, Mary Lou Marcum and Donna Martin; niece, Barbara Lou Martin; nephews, David Marcum (Elizabeth), Dan Marcum (Maira), Glenn Martin, Roger Martin (Jo Beth), and Ron Martin; many great nieces and nephews; as well as good friends, Dennis, Julie and Linda, along with BFF, Amber.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Freda Heinbigner; her beloved husband, Sam Turk; two brothers in law, Bobby Marcum and Larry Martin; and a nephew, Ken Marcum.

Graveside services will be conducted at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens on Monday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Gifts in Barbara’s memory may go to Grace United Methodist Church, 2980 Spruce Drive, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001, or the charity of your choice.


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