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Evelyn B. Nickeson

Mar 27, 2014 - Staff

Evelyn B. Nickeson, of Riverton, died Monday, March 24, 2014, at Help for Health Hospice Home. She was 96 years old.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 31, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lander. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Evelyn Belle Goering was born July 22, 1917, on the family farm in Slater, the daughter of Henry Madison and Mary Caroline (Hartz) Goering. She was one of four children. She was raised in the Slater area and attended a one-room schoolhouse. She graduated from Wheatland High School in 1934. She then attended Natrona High School to acquire her teaching certification.

She taught in rural schools from 1935 to 1938.

On Oct. 16, 1938, she married Burrell Edward Nickeson in Laramie. They had three children, and the oldest, Larry, died when he was 2 years old. They raised their remaining children, Steven and Doris, on ranches -- starting with one near Chugwater -- from 1938 to 1951.

In 1951 they moved to Sinks Canyon where they ranched until 1957. They then moved to St. Michael's Mission in Ethete until 1963. They moved to Johnstown Valley near Kinnear where they ranched until Mr. Nickeson's death in 1981. Mrs. Nickeson then moved to Riverton until 2003 when she moved to Mountain Vista Retirement Community in Lander. In 2010 she returned to Riverton and lived with her daughter and son-in-law.

She was a substitute teacher at Lander Elementary School during the 1950s, and she was the postmaster when she lived in Ethete. She worked as the coordinator of volunteer services at the Wyoming State Training School from 1964 to 1980.

She was baptized in the Lutheran church and later was confirmed in the Episcopal church, attending Our Father's House in Ethete, Holy Nativity in Morton, St. James Episcopal Church in Riverton and Trinity Episcopal Church in Lander. She served on the vestry, was Past Diocesan President of the Episcopal Church Women, and was also a Lay Eucharistic Minister.

Her family said she was active in her community. She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary since 1939, P.E.O. Chapter BB in Lander and P.E.O. Chapter H in Riverton, Friends of the Library in Riverton and Borners Garden Club-Extension Club in Lander. She also was a charter member of the Fremont County Cowbelles (now known as the CattleWomen) since 1952, and she helped establish the Fremont County hospice and was the coordinator from 1984 to 1993.

In her spare time, her family said she enjoyed volunteering, doing needlework, reading, researching genealogy, traveling and singing.

She is survived by her children, Doris Lynn Zube and her husband Art of Riverton and Steven Kyle Nickeson and his wife Marianthi Constantinu of Los Teques, Venezuela; foster daughter Bonnie (McBride) Morganstean of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; grandchildren Burrell Nickeson and his wife Young Ha of Anchorage, Alaska, Zita Nickeson and her husband Darius Nichols of Spokane, Wash., Renae McCormack and her husband Tim of Brighton, Colo., Diane Trembly of Lander and Mona Trudeau; 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary Goering; brothers Floyd and Roland Goering; sister Wilma Judd; son Larry Leroy Nickeson; and grandson Ron Zube.

Memorials may be made to Help for Health Hospice or to an organization of the donor's choosing 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.

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