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Elsie Marie Tanner

Feb 27, 2013 - Staff

Elsie Marie Tanner, of Cheyenne, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at her home. She was 82 years old.

The funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Cheyenne. Interment will be in the summer in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

Elsie Marie Tanner was born Jan. 6, 1931, in Lander, the daughter of Francis and Estelle Peterson of Lander. She was raised on her family's ranch on Squaw Creek and graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School in Lander. She attended Parks Business School in Denver and was employed as an accountant for many businesses, including the Veterans Administration Credit Union, where she worked as the office manager and expanded it from one office into a full-scale credit union. She retired from Tri-Parish Credit Union.

She was married to Gordon Tanner for 55 years before his passing in December 2005. They moved from Lander to Cheyenne in 1969.

She was a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she had been treasurer of the United Methodist Women. She belonged to the VFW Auxiliary and was a charter member of the Cheyenne Chapter of American Business Women's Association.

Her family said she enjoyed bell collecting and attending American Bell Association Conventions. The couple enjoyed domestic travel, visiting relatives and friends. They also took many trips overseas.

She is survived by a son, Glenn Tanner, and his fiancee, Rachel Shubeck; daughter and son-in-law Susan and John Paige; son and daughter-in-law Tom and Trish Tanner; brother and sister-in-law Bob and Joan Peterson of Sun City, Ariz.; brother and sister-in-law Don and Donna Peterson of Lander; brother and sister-in-law Floyd and Jo Peterson of Tucson, Ariz.; sister Glenda Hart of Vancouver, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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