Iva Deane Varah Bateman

Dec 20, 2013 Staff

Iva Deane Varah Bateman, formerly of Shoshoni, died peacefully in her sleep Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Pioneer Manor in Gillette. She was 94 years old.

Per her request, cremation has taken place. A private memorial service will be at a later date.

Iva Deane was born Jan. 25, 1919, in Hastings, Neb., the daughter of Ralph Alonzo Rose and Iva (Snyder) Rose.

She graduated from Hastings High School in 1937 and worked in a local grocery store until she married Robert R. Varah on Aug. 23, 1945, in Kansas.

They began their married life in Shoshoni, living there for more than 50 years. They had five children.

They owned and operated Varah's Texaco and Grocery Store until they retired in 1977.

Together they enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting above Dubois and in Wind River Canyon. One of their favorite places was Bridger Creek. Mrs. Bateman was the camp cook at elk hunting camp. She liked to tell of the time the elk walked through camp while the hunters were gone.

Her family said the couple raised one of the best vegetable gardens in Shoshoni, sharing their bounty with others. She and her husband were faithful supporters of their children's activities.

She was an active in Girls Scouts, Shoshoni Homemakers, Job's Daughters, Eastern Star, Foster Grandparent Program, VFW Auxiliary and Christmas Club, and she was the church organist for more than 30 years at Shoshoni's Community Presbyterian Church. She served many years on the church board.

In 1998, she moved to Riverton, living at Homestead Living until 2009 when she moved to Gillette in the loving and dedicated care of Pioneer Manor.

On June 9, 1999, she married Robert Bateman in Riverton.

She is survived by her five children, Linda (Bob) Unangst of Casper, Beverly (Randy) White of Gillette, Tom (Hilde) Varah of Sandy, Utah, Steve (Jane) Varah of Sheridan and Vicki (Brian) Sprague of Riverton; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Vineta Graybill; brothers Kenneth Rose and Don Rose; her husbands; and grandchild Pamela White.

Memorials may be made to the Shoshoni Presbyterian Church or the Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City in care of Bustard's Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave., Casper, WY 82601.

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