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Viola Pentecost Lorentzen

Nov 14, 2013 - Staff

Viola Pentecost Lorentzen, a lifelong Wyoming resident, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. She was 88 years old.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Evangelical Free Church, 1215 U.S. Highway 287, Lander.

Viola Pentecost was born Feb. 10, 1925, in Casper, the daughter of Ben and Alma Pentecost.

She was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper in 1942.

She worked as a researcher for Sacony Oil Refinery and helped Jim Crawford develop Chemical Lab before marrying Leonard Lorentzen in 1947.

Her family said she and her husband enjoyed the gypsy life while he worked for the Stanlin Oil pipeline and before they settled in Fremont County to raise a family and own and operate Leonard's Floor Company. Mrs. Lorentzen also worked as a bookkeeper for High Country News and the National Outdoor Leadership School.

After retirement, she became active in her church, writing the newsletter and teaching Awana. She was proud to be the oldest member of the Lander Free Evangelical Church.

Her family said she enjoyed friendships, writing and painting, and even into her 80s, she never turned down an opportunity for an adventure. She participated in an annual trek to South Dakota to participate in the Black Hills Recreational Leaders Laboratory, where she developed strong bonds with friends across the nation and globe. Her family said she will be remembered for her generous nature, sharp wit and love of life.

She is survived by her brother, Benlee Pentecost, of Casper; sons Rodney and his wife Barbara of Dubois and Larry and his wife Betty of Wellington, Colo.; daughters Dynell Davidson and her husband Paul of Pinedale and Sheila of Denver; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Leonard, her parents, and her sister, Eileen.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lander Evangelical Free Church.

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