Dorothy E. Gorrell

Feb 10, 2013 Staff

Dorothy E. Gorrell, mother of Karen Befus of Riverton, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was 89 years old.

Cremation has taken place, and a private family service will be at a later date at St. Alban's Episcopal Church Columbarium.

Dorothy Elizabeth Gorrell was born May 21, 1923, in Casper, the only child of Earnest and Dorothy (Knittle) Kimball.

She grew up in Casper and graduated from Natrona County High School. She then attended the University of Wyoming where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

She married Floyd Gorrell on July 16, 1942.

Her family said she immersed herself in several interests. She was an accomplished artist, specializing in still life.

She was a member of several bridge groups and enjoyed quilting during the golden years of her life.

Her family fondly remembers all the time she spent in the kitchen and her efforts that truly made her house their family home. She enjoyed reading and was knowledgeable about diverse topics.

She was active in the Washakie Museum, the Episcopal Church, St. Alban's Thrift Store and St. Alban's Guild.

One of her dreams was realized when she made two trips to Europe with friends. They visited many art museums and sites of historical interest. She thoroughly enjoyed sharing the volumes of photos from those trips with her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Holly Cornell of Tuscon, Ariz., and Karen Befus and her husband Everett of Riverton; grandchildren Tracy Mages and her husband Jeff, Marcy Deaton, Kristy Nipper and her husband Casey, Priscilla Schnarr and her husband Charles, Allison Cornell, David Cornell and Michael Cornell; and great-grandchildren Ashley Mages, Melissa Mages, Taylor Deaton, Braden Deaton, Madison Nipper, Grant Nipper, Cody Gray, Tori Schnarr, Deva Schnarr and Liam Schnarr.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 65 years, Floyd; and an infant daughter, Tracy Ann Gorrell.

Memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Gorrell's name to St. Alban's Episcopal Church in care of Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.

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