Zetta Valera (Val) Woolner

Aug 5, 2014 Staff

Zetta Valera (Val) Woolner died after a four-year battle with cancer Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Rawlins. She was 52 years old.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Washington Park in Rawlins. There will be a potluck meal, and the family asks that everyone wear bright colors and maybe something purple, her favorite color.

Zetta Valera Woolner was born Jan. 6, 1962, in Fallon, Nev., the daughter of Faye Guinard of Jeffrey City. She had five brothers and sisters.

She grew up working ranches in the Lander, Riverton and Dubois areas. She graduated from high school in Jeffrey City in 1981.

While in high school, she met Johnny Woolner. She referred to him as "the Southern boy from across the fence".

They moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, and they married May 19, 1982. They had four daughters.

They lived in Arizona and Alaska for work then returned to Texas in 1994. They returned to Wyoming in 1998 and settled in Rawlins in 2005.

Her family said she enjoyed gardening in Texas, and she grew peach trees and dreamed of one day owning miniature goats. They said she loved her family and got them together as often as possible. She also loved going camping, taking vacations to Texas and hosting birthday and holiday dinners with as many people as she could fit around the table.

She is survived by her husband; mother; daughters Candi Woolner of Rawlins, Jenny Woolner of Rawlins, Kayla Woolner of Riverton and Lilly Woolner of Rawlins; three sisters; two brothers; seven grandchildren; and many other family members all over Wyoming.

She was preceded in death by both maternal grandparents, an infant son, and her beloved childhood horse, Alibi.

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