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Obituaries: Puller-Connelly; Brookshier; Speer; Williams

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Yvette Elizabeth Puller-Connelly

Yvette Elizabeth Puller-Connelly: 1967 – 2024

Yvette Elizabeth Puller-Connelly, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed at Davis Hospice on May 5, 2024. She was born on May 3, 1967, in North Vancouver, Canada to William E. Puller and Virgina M. Miller.

Yvette was a friend and mother to anyone who needed one. She always believed that no matter what you do in life you should do it to the best of your ability.

She is survived by her husband, David A. Connelly; children: Donna M. Powell, Dana F. Sheppard, Diana K. Anguiano, Daniel A. Connelly and David A. Connelly II; grandchildren: Chloe N. Powell, Alyssa K. Powell, Aaron A. Anguiano and Joaquin J. Anguiano; brothers: Shane Puller, Mark Puller and Edward Metro.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Virgina Metro and father, William Puller; as well as her sister, Yvonne Puller; and brothers, William Puller and Kevin Puller.

There will be a memorial service for her on May 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes.


Lois Brookshier (Steege): 1945 – 2024

Lois Louise Brookshier (Steege) of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away on May 2, 2024 at Davis Hospice. 

Lois was born to Dorothy and Harold Steege of Burns, Wyoming on November 13, 1945.

Lois was known for being a tenacious, firecracker of a woman. She had a sharp quick wit and even in her hardest times it was a light that shone through and drew so many to her.  The more she gave you a hard time, the more she liked you and loved it when you could give it right back. We were lucky that she instilled those qualities into us.

She is survived by her two daughters; her sister; her grandchildren; and great-grandchildren, whom she was so proud of; as well as a niece; nephew; and several great-nieces-and-nephews.

Celebration of life will be held at the Burns Plex north building, 315 S Main St., June 1st at 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers we ask that you donate to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.


Barbara Rank Speer

Barbara Rank Speer: 1937 – 2024

Barbara Rank Speer, born on July 1, 1937, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, passed away on April 30, 2024, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

Barbara graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1959 and taught Home Economics at Johnson Jr. High School in Cheyenne for 29 years. She loved reading, traveling, and gardening. 

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Helen Rank; sister, Helen Huntley and by her beloved husband, Robert Speer.

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Megan (Kirk) Kolkman; son, Chris (Jessica) Speer; grandchildren: Brianna (Nick) Pedigo, Griffon (Jenn) Budde, Ryder (Ori Koma) Budde, Sloane Speer, Shea Speer; great-grandchildren: Nate Budde, Owen Budde, and Warren Budde; sister, Deede (Ed) Georges; and many dear friends.

Barb will be remembered for her spirit, humor and unwavering dedication to her family, friends and students. Her impact resonates in the hearts of those she loved. She made our world a brighter place.


Marilyn Fay Williams

Marilyn Fay Williams: 1934 – 2024

Marilyn Fay Williams, born on August 29, 1934, in Racine, Wisconsin, bid farewell to this world on May 5, 2024, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She leaves behind a legacy of love, strength, and unwavering dedication to her family.

Marilyn will forever be cherished and remembered for her profound value of family and her unwavering loyalty to her children. While she was not afraid to instill discipline when necessary, she was also always available to help when they needed her. Her faith was a guiding light in her life, always keeping religion close to her heart.

A graduate with an associate’s degree in radiology from Laramie County Community College, she tried her hand as a radiologist and as a florist, before returning to what she knew best, creating a loving home. Marilyn was a woman of many talents and interests. A voracious reader, there was not a romance novel around that had not been through her hands. With a keen eye for craftwork, she immersed herself in various projects from needlework to painting to diamond art. Her hands were never idle as she pursued her hobbies with zest and creativity. Marilyn also fancied herself a gardener, growing irises in the yard that had been passed down for generations. And she had the uncanny knack of being able to sprout almost anything on her kitchen window sill. 

In the memories we hold dear, Marilyn’s love for her grandchildren shines brightly. She poured her heart into creating magical holiday and birthday moments filled with delicious treats that will always be remembered. Who can forget those pans of Chex-mix she lovingly prepared? She had cookbooks galore but rarely needed them. Her children also cherished the Sunday night family times with the Wonderful World Of Disney, and the late night TV watching, featuring the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits. Marilyn knew the value of a pets love in ones life, and with her caring nudging to John, her children were able to experience that love with various pets throughout their childhood, to which they are grateful for.

Marilyn’s personality was a unique blend of reserve and wit. Her old-fashioned values were evident in all aspects of her life, yet she possessed a sharp mind that could think outside the box when required. Though a woman of few words, her quirky sense of humor never failed to bring smiles to those around her.

As Marilyn peacefully passed after a brief illness, she leaves behind a loving family to cherish her memory. She is survived by children: David Williams, Joseph Williams (Tracy), and Jeannette Williams. She was proceeded in death by her loving husband, John Williams.

Her legacy further extends through her grandchildren: Eric Williams (Addie), Amanda Donnelly (Lucas), Kaleigh Rehm (Brady), Jordan Williams, Bobbi Johnson (Nate), Autumn Christner; as well as seven great-grandchildren who will carry forward the impact of her love and wisdom.

One of Marilyn’s proudest accomplishments was being a lifetime member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority—a testament to her commitment and dedication to meaningful connections throughout her life. Another was being the oldest child in a large, working class family where she had a hand in raising each of her siblings.

As we bid farewell to Marilyn Fay Williams, let us remember the light she brought into our lives and the profound impact she had on all who were fortunate enough to know her. May her soul rest in eternal peace.


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