Gwen N. Nicol

Apr 17, 2014 Staff

Gwen N. Nicol, of Riverton, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. She was 90 years old.

A viewing will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, and one hour before the funeral Saturday, April 19, at the Davis Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Gwen N. Samuelson was born Nov. 30, 1923, in Litchfield, Neb., the daughter of Samuel Walter and Hilda Marie (Von Krosigk) Samuelson. She was one of five children: three brothers and one sister. The family eventually moved to the Riverton area, and she graduated from Riverton High School in 1942.

On Dec. 11, 1944, she married Fred L. Nicol in Alexandria, La., where he was stationed with the Army Air Corp. Together they raised three children: Fred, Bob and Connie. They ranched near Mill Creek for more than 30 years until they retired in 1993 and moved to Lander.

Mrs. Nicol was a 4-H leader in Lander for a number of years, going to Chicago for National 4-H Club Congress as an honorary representative from Fremont County. She also belonged to the Wind Mill Homemakers Club and was an honorary member of the Lander F.F.A.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lander.

Her family said she enjoyed crocheting, reading and being around her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Fred (Alice) Nicol of Riverton, Bob (Detta) Nicol of Fort Washakie and Connie Rowan of Rawlins; brothers Walter (Donna) Samuelson of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Louis Samuelson of Casper; sister Margaret Wenner of Logunawna Ligwell, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walt and Hilda Samuelson; husband Fred Nicol; grandson Wayland Nicol; son-in-law Dean Rowan; and brother Brice Samuelson.

Memorials may be made to the People of Courage Fund at Central Wyoming College, 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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