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Debra K Smith

Debra K Smith: 1954 – 2024

Debra K Smith, 69, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away June 3, 2024 in Corpus Christi, Texas, after a long battle with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency.

Debra (Debbie) was born October 7, 1954 in Farmington, Missouri to Leslie and Alberta Seabaugh. She was the youngest of two children. She brought pure joy to her parents and her older brother, Robert (Bob). She graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1971. She then went on to university Marysville in St. Louis, Missouri where she would get her nursing degree. 

Debbie met the love of her life, Carl Smith in May 1973. They were married July 26, 1975. Debbie and Carl had two sons, Matt and Brad. Her children meant everything to her. Debbie and Carl settled in Cheyenne, Wyoming where they finished raising their sons and watched their grandchildren be born.

Debbie worked at CRMC as a nurse until the Alpha-1 started progressing. She then became a senior clinical abstractor. After 21 years of hard work and dedication, Debbie retired from CRMC in October 2021.

Debbie enjoyed her time watching her grandkids do whatever it was they loved, whether it was playing basketball, football or shooting trap. She was their number one fan and biggest supporter. She always knew just what they needed to hear if a game or shoot didn’t go the way they thought it should. She also loved spending time in the kitchen with her granddaughters, showing them all of granny’s tips and tricks. One of her special granny tricks was just to measure from the heart.

Debbie is survived by her loving husband, Carl of Cheyenne; brother, Robert (Bob) Seabaugh of Fredericktown, Missouri; sister-in-law, Cindy Smith of  St. Charles, Missouri; son, Brad and his wife, Desiree, of Cheyenne, Wyoming; her bonus son, Paul Vellacott and his wife, Kerryn of Brisbane, Australia; her grandchildren: Burke, Huston, Bailee, Brody  all of Cheyenne; and Brinley of Comstock, Nebraska; Luke, Ben and Joel of Brisbane Australia; niece, Andrea (John) Oertel of Fredericktown, Missouri and nephew Robert L. Seabaugh Jr. of Missouri; niece, Tara Bornhop of St. Charles, Missouri; and nephew, Brian Bornhop of St. Louis, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Matt Smith; and her parents, Leslie and Alberta Seabaugh.

Elizabeth M. Hanson

Elizabeth M. Hanson: 1930 – 2024

Elizabeth M. Hanson, 93, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of her lord and savior Jesus Christ May 31, 2024, at Davis Hospice Center, Cheyenne Wyoming.

Born Myrtle Elizabeth Humphries on August 13, 1930, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, she was the beloved eldest daughter of Arthur (“Arch”) and Rosie (Philpott) Humphries and younger sister Winnie (Ninny-Buns), whom Elizabeth loved dearly. Raised in a quiet, loving home, she was surrounded by extended family who emigrated from England to Canada with her parents. Her childhood summers were spent (with little sister Winnie) in rural Ontario on her aunt and uncle’s working farm. Elizabeth, ever a city girl, laughed at her memories of fluttering “attack” chickens, “freeing” all the dairy cows from the barn, the traveling farm crews, and her hardworking aunt – dominating an enormous woodstove. Back in the city, Elizabeth, Winnie, and cousins, played with dolls, modeling, jumping rope, or boxing lessons from “Daddy.”

After high school and some temporary jobs, Elizabeth decided to seek specialized, non-secretarial business training with a local business school. She mastered the complex Felt and Tarrant 72-key comptometer/calculator and accepted accounting position at Ogilvy’s swanky department store, but after two years of low wages, few English-speaking job prospects, long winters, and hay fever, Elizabeth was easily encouraged by a West coast cousin to move to Southern California where “…better paying jobs for women are endless, hay fever is unheard of, and the weather is sunny and warm…” She packed a suitcase and headed west on a three-day train journey.

Weeks after starting full-time at Union Pacific Railroad in Los Angeles, Elizabeth met Dan Kanaioupuni Parker.  Their love story began when he worked the swing shift desk across from her day shift desk and nervously asked her out to dinner as she was clocking out. She was fascinated with Dan’s Hawaiian culture and ethnically diverse friends. Dan owned a multicultural dance and entertainment studio by day, where he introduced Elizabeth to all the lively rhythms of Asia and the Pacific Islands to include teaching his soon to be fiancé how to dance (and teach) them all! Dan knew many restaurant owners and introduced Elizabeth to his fun, entertaining world. They married shortly after and, of course, honeymooned in Hawaii!

The Parkers resumed California married life, working, running their dance studio, and buying a new home. They had one daughter, Debra. Eventually, they moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to be near Dan’s ailing father, Stephen, who adored Elizabeth. She worked in several temporary bookkeeping positions until she landed a prime accounting position with Standard Oil Company in Hawaii.  A few years later, the Parkers moved back to Southern California when Elizabeth was quickly promoted and transferred to Standard Oil (now Chevron Oil) in Los Angeles. Sadly, the stresses of relocation and family losses resulted in divorce, though Elizabeth and Dan remained friendly.

Elizabeth, a loving dedicated mother responded to her situation with renewed emphasis on work and raising Debra. Another company reshuffle sent Elizabeth to Northern California with a promotion. She kept her eye on a better family future but managed a good routine of work, school, fun, and hugs.

Happily, Elizabeth found love again. It was a blind date, and she was cautious as “Mr. Date,” Wayne Hanson was a Chevron tech from the oil refining lab. “He’s thoughtful, kind, and funny,” she said to her uncertain teenager. Elizabeth married soon after, sharing almost 40 years of easy-going, cherished memories to include, learning the two-step, adopting the best dog ever (Tiffy), remodeling their home, and spur-of-the-moment travels (wine country weekends, Hawaii, British, Columbia).

Following her daughter’s USAF enlistment, Elizabeth finally became a US citizen, a long-desired goal. She also officially (and happily) switched around her first name. (No more “Myrtle the turtle who wears a purple girdle.” School kid taunts erased. Done). She loved traveling to witness her child’s promotions where she sang her new country’s national anthem, with her hand on her very proud heart.

When Elizabeth retired from Chevron, she and Wayne built a small niche catering business, fueled by her passion and specialized training for unique cuisine, presentation, and hospitality. Her proudest catering moment was successfully mastering kosher dishes for a bar-mitzvah! Diligent research, practice, and chats with a rabbi were the key. She adored cooking, entertaining or setting an elegant dinner table, especially for frequent family celebrations to include her sister’s family!

Both retired Elizabeth and Wayne moved to San Diego area, seeking solace in ocean breezes as he faced his battle with cancer. They remodeled a house for ease and Elizabeth dedicated herself to researching a cure for his cancer while doctors poked and prodded. She was with him as he breathed his last.

After months of coaxing, Elizabeth sold her huge, lonely home and moved permanently to Cheyenne, to be with her daughter. She stopped smoking “cold turkey,” enjoyed new mother-daughter quests, such as food-sampling (chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate), day trips (well, just Cheyenne Frontier Days), afternoon naps, holidays, hugs, love, and giggling. Though Elizabeth’s memories and health were fading, she quietly persevered with wit and kindness.  Easy going, always smiling, she relished debating politics, hula, or nutrition. If you never met her, God gave us a good one: a generous, sassy, continually thoughtful friend.

Elizabeth will be remembered for her funny, ironic observations, political chats, sweet praises, hospitality, comical storytelling with very dramatic body language, classic sense of style, compassion for children and military veterans, and her steadfast, “all-in” devotion to her family and her heavenly father. She leaves behind an inspirational legacy where compassion mixed with laughter are gifts freely given.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Arch and Rose Humphries; her beloved little sister, Winnie Dickenson-Pendley; husbands, Dan K. Parker and Wayne H. Hanson; and beloved in-laws; god parents, Stan and Sissy Davis and their three daughters: Rose (Owen) Maloney, Marge (Tom) Clark, Lillian (Richard) Lockwood.

Elizabeth is survived by her loving daughter, Debra Parker of Cheyenne; nephew, Timothy (Jan) Dickenson and family; and many other distant California, Canadian, and Hawaiian relatives.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Davis Hospice in Cheyenne, Alzheimer’s Association, or any charity for the care of children or disabled military veterans.

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Donna Marie Hood

Donna Marie Hood: 1936 – 2024

Donna Marie Hood, formerly Donna Marie Councilman, of Tacoma, Washington, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2024, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend, whose presence touched the lives of many.

Born on December 18, 1936, in Tacoma, Washington to Floyd and Caroline Councilman, Donna grew up surrounded by the love of her family. She shared a special relationship with her brothers, Chuck and Paul Councilman. Donna’s childhood was marked by laughter, mischief, and endless adventures in the Pacific Northwest. Her sister, Thelma (Telly) Clark, always had a special place in her heart.

In 2001, Donna exchanged vows with her soulmate, Bert Hood, and joined him in Owen Sound, Canada. Together, they embarked on a journey filled with joy and companionship that lasted a lifetime. Their marriage was a testament to love’s enduring power and stood as an inspiration to all who knew them.

Donna was a devoted mother to Matthew Dibell, showing unwavering support and unconditional love in every moment. Her other children: Bruce Dibell, Rick Dibell, Velma Palochak, and Marcy McKissick, were the light of her life and she cherished every memory created with them.

Donna Marie Hood leaves behind a legacy of warmth, kindness, and strength. Her gentle spirit and unwavering grace will continue to inspire all those who were fortunate enough to have known her.

May she rest in eternal peace knowing that her memory will live on in the hearts of those who loved her dearly.

Patricia Ann Munoz

Patricia Ann Munoz: 1953 – 2024

Patricia Ann Munoz, 66, of Cheyenne, passed away on May 24, 2024, at the Cheyenne Regional Medical center surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 16, 1953, to Manuel and Matilda Munoz, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Pat grew up in Cheyenne and raised her family here as well. She loved music, movies, the outdoors, gardening, spending time with family and all the children. Patricia’s faith carried her through life, through the good times and the bad times, with a peaceful heart.

Patricia is survived by her daughter, Consuela Jane Munoz; grandson, Cyrus Munoz; son, Christopher and Steven Paul Munoz; daughter-in-law, Amy Munoz; grandchildren: Destiny, Raden, Sonny, and Elijah; brothers, John Munoz and Vincent Munoz; sister, Maria Munoz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Matilda Munoz; fiancée, Steven; daughter, Shannon Ruiz; brothers, Carlos Munoz and Manuel Munoz, Jr.; sister, Victoria Ann Martinez.

Patricia Ann’s spirit lives on in the beauty that surrounds us.

Annelise Todd

Annelise Todd: 1935 – 2024

Annelise Todd, of Cheyenne, WY passed away June 1, 2024, at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

She was born on December 23,1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Mary and Erich Weber. Annelise attended schools in Waukesha, Wisconsin and later completed her education, earning a BA in Classical Humanities from Evergreen State College in Washington State.

Annelise married Richard Todd (Dick) in 1954, and together they raised four children. The family traveled extensively and moved many times in support of Dick’s work in the aerospace industry. The couple later divorced. Annelise lived in the Seattle, Washington area before moving to Cheyenne in 2008.

Annelise had abundant talents and especially a gift of music. She taught piano to many students and passed on her love and appreciation of the arts. Annelise lived her life with love, strength, intellectual curiosity and a love of all things beautiful.

Annelise recently celebrated 38 years of sobriety. She dedicated those years of her life to helping others achieve and maintain sobriety and lead full lives.

In recent years, Annelise was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cheyenne and was a social justice advocate for several organizations.

Annelise is survived by her beloved daughter and constant companion, Lisa Todd; sons: Rick Todd (Marji) of Snoqualmie, Washington, Eric Todd (Cindy) of Cheyenne, Wyoming and David Todd (Kristine) of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Annelise is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Annelise was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Natalie; and two great-granddaughters, Elsie and Lily.

Donations in Annelise’s memory may be made to the Davis Hospice Center or Recover Wyoming.
Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 pm on June 15th, 2024, at the Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel, 1900 East 19th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001.