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Mar 24, 2014 - Staff
Willa Leaming died of age-related causes Thursday, March 20, 2014. She was 84 years old.
A viewing will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Davis Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Davis Funeral Home with burial following at Mountain View Cemetery.
Willa Jean McKee was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Eldorado, Okla., the daughter of Dean and Anna McKee.
She graduated from Laramie High School in 1947 and married Tom Leaming in Laramie in 1948. They later moved to Riverton where Mr. Leaming lived and managed the family hardware store for many years.
She was a Red Cross Gray Lady at Riverton Memorial Hospital, and she worked in other care facilities until they were disbanded. She volunteered at the hospital for more than 50 years until she was physically unable to continue. She was a breast cancer survivor, and she led an American Cancer Society support group and provided individual support for suffering women. She responded to women in distress 24 hours a day.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Riverton for 65 years and was a long-time member of the church and bell choirs.
She was a lifelong member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a past Grand Matron. Her family said she enjoyed flower gardening and playing the piano. They also said she was a wonderful wife, mother and housekeeper and had a heart for volunteer work, especially in health care.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Tom; son Herb of Eugene, Ore.; grandchildren Justin Juve of Riverton (who has spent the last 11 months living in the family home caring for Mrs. Leaming), Monica Taulbee-Leaming of Farmington, N.M., and Jessica Paul of Portland, Ore.; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Leaming, in 2001 and her sisters, Francis Edmonson and Susan McKee.
Memorials may be made to Tough Enough Cancer Fund 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 www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.