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Mary Ellen Quam

Dec 12, 2013 Staff

Mary Ellen Quam, of Riverton, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. She was 95 years old.

Per her request, cremation has taken place. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Davis Funeral Home. A memorial mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church with Father Demetrio Penascoza. Inurnment will take place in the spring of 2014 with her husband at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D.

Mary Ellen Brich was born Dec. 10, 1918, in Miner County, South Dakota, near Howard S.D., the daughter of Frank and Martha "Nell" (Kellar) Brich. She was one of four children.

She attended schools in South Dakota and graduated from Carthage High School in 1935. She then attended the Sioux Falls, S.D., School of Cosmetology and graduated in 1942.

She married Lewis Quam, and together they raised nine children. She also worked as a sales clerk for J.C. Penney.

She was of the Catholic Faith.

She is survived by her sons, Ronald Quam of Denver and Roger Quam of Mount Vernon, Iowa; stepson Richard Quam of Rogers, Ark.; daughters Marilyn (George) Smith of Riverton and Leah Henderson of Denver; stepdaughter Doris Adams of Colton, Calif.; brother Bernard Brich of California; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two daughters, one son, one sister, and one brother.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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