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Betty L. Weis

Jan 16, 2014 - Staff

Betty L. Weis, of Riverton, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at Morning Star Care Center in Fort Washakie. She was 83 years old.

Per her request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service was Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Cornerstone Church, 402 S. Seventh St., Riverton. Graveside services will be in the spring at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa.

Betty L. Weis was born June 5, 1930, in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Daniel and Corabell Hicks. She was the youngest of six children. The family split when she was 2 years old, and she stayed with her mother. The rest of her brothers and sisters were older and went with their father.

She received her GED and enrolled in a technical college. She earned a nursing license and worked in several facilities housing the underprivileged.

In 1953, a house fire claimed the life of her husband, Coy V. Odom, son James Leroy Odom and daughter, Peggy Joyce Odom. Her son, Dennis, was thrown from the fire and saved by his father. Mrs. Weis was at work at the time of the blaze.

She married Charles "Pete" Weis in 1953, and the family lived in and around Sioux City, Iowa, finally settling on a small 80-acre farm four miles from town.

After selling the farm in the 1980s, the couple traveled the country in their motor home. Often, they spent winters in Texas and were thinking of settling there when their son suggested they think about coming to Wyoming. In 1992, she and her husband moved to Riverton.

After her husband died in 1996, Mrs. Weis joined the Child Development Services program, becoming a foster grandparent. She volunteered for 12 years. Her family said her passion and love of her work was impossible to hide. She retired recently, but they said she never ceased caring for her "grandbabies."

She is survived by her son, Dennis C. Odom, of Riverton; grandson and family Aaron C. Odom and Jesse Odom; great-grandchildren Michael and Ethan of Sheridan; brothers Bill and and Louie of Sioux City, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Ralph and Terri of Texas and children Geannie and John of Texas, Dan Goreham and family of Texas, Sareeca and family of Sioux City, Iowa, and Tammy Drain and family of Nebraska.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Charles and Stanley Hicks of Sioux City, Iowa; sister Beatrice Goreham; husbands Coy and Pete; children Jimmy and Peggy; and many extended relatives and friends.

Donations may be made to Cornerstone Church, P.O. Box 347, Riverton, WY 82501.

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