Bervadon L. Mitchell

Oct 3, 2012 Staff

Bervadon L. Mitchell died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in Casper. She was 81 years old.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Davis Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Davis Funeral Home and one hour before the service.

Bervadon Loretta Mitchell was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Basalt, Idaho, the daughter of Neilo and Elsie (Krebbs) Hacklin.

She grew up in Labarge and attended high school in Washington state, graduating as valedictorian of her class at an all-girls Catholic school.

After graduation, she returned to Wyoming and worked at the unemployment office in Kemmerer and later for Western Union. She later transferred to the Western Union office in Laramie.

She met Lee Roy Mitchell in Kemmerer, and they married Aug. 21, 1951, in Laramie. She and her husband lived in several different towns in Wyoming, because of his working in seismograph and construction. They settled in Riverton in 1960.

The couple had five children and divorced in 1968. Mrs. Mitchell then lived in Riverton, Cheyenne, Gillette, Reno, Nev., and La Barge, returning to Riverton in 1985 after the death of her mother.

Mrs. Mitchell worked as a cocktail waitress for the El Torro Supper Club, secretary for the School Superintendent at St. Stephens Mission, and then as a bookkeeper for Rabler Motors, Yates Construction and Gary Brodricks. She also managed the Teton Hotel Lounge and worked as a cocktail waitress and bartender at the Elks Lodge. She co-owned with her son Bruce and was a bookkeeper for Mustang Music and Vending.

She was a member of the Riverton Eagles and practiced the Catholic faith.

Her family said she enjoyed golfing, watching football and professional golf, walking and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her son, Bruce Mitchell of Riverton; daughters Sharon Adamson and her husband Ben of Riverton, Betty Scheetz and her husband Shelton of Orting, Wash., and Serena Garner of Salt Lake City; brothers Ronald Hacklin of Pine Haven and Dennis Hacklin of La Barge; sister Betty Legarra of Kemmerer; three grandchildren, Les Manzanares, Michael Scheetz and Jason Miller; two great-grandchildren, Halie Manzanares and Boston Chastain; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Donald Hacklin; son Neil Eugene Mitchell; niece Denita Hacklin; son-in-law Melvin Garner Jr.; brother-in-law Chub Legarra; and nephew Terry Legarra.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital in Denver or to a charity of the donor's choice in care of Davis Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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