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Linda A. (Sanford) Jarrard

Aug 19, 2014 - Staff

Linda A. (Sanford) Jarrard, of Riverton, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at home after a hard fought battle with cancer. She was 65 years old.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Fremont County Fairgrounds in Riverton. A reception will follow at the Holiday Inn in Riverton.

Linda Alice Sanford was born July 19, 1949, in Casper, the daughter of Stan and Harriet Sanford.

She graduated from Natrona County High School in 1967.

On June 15, 1970, she married Frank Irvine, and they ranched and lived in Alcova. They had two children, Tammy Irvine Trollinger and Nancy Irvine. The couple later divorced.

In 1984, she married Tom Jarrard, and they lived, farmed and ranched in Fremont County.

She was a lifelong rodeo competitor. She was most proud of the title 1967 Wyoming High School Rodeo Association Rodeo Queen and winning the 1979 North American Rodeo Commission finals, the 1978 and 1979 Wyoming Rodeo Association finals, and numerous futurity and derby wins.

She was involved in the Northwest Barrel Racing Association and National Barrel Horse Association. She continued to compete until September at the state National Barrel Horse Association finals.

Her family said she enjoyed training horses, barrel racing and encouraging the up and coming barrel racers and her grandchildren. She was even a jockey in her younger days. She also loved quilting, home shopping and was avidly against noxious weeds. She also enjoyed winning competitions and prizes, and she was notorious for her ability to keep track of her and everyone else's points, times and standings.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Jarrard; brother Mike Sanford; children Tammy Trollinger (Clay) of Ten Sleep, Nancy Irvine of Riverton, Sally Noyce (Dane) of Hereford, Texas, Vicki Blomquist (Bud) of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Mary Kay Jarrard of Gillette and TJ Jarrard (Amy) of Riverton; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stan and Harriet Sanford, and her sister, Sandy Hunter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Fremont County 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.

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