Marjorie Joanne Knobel

May 5, 2013 Staff

Marjorie Joanne Knobel of Riverton died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Riverton Memorial Hospital from complications resulting from an illness. She was 79 years old.

A memorial Service is held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main, in Riverton.

Marjorie Joanne Gilliland was born on Oct. 17, 1933, in Lander, to Charles and Nova Gilliland.

She grew up in Dubois and spent nearly all her life living and working in Fremont County.

For years she worked in the advertising department at Riverton Ranger Inc. in various positions including advertising manager.

She worked for many years on The Ranger's annual mining edition and was active in the mining community.

She was a staple at Wyoming Press Association gatherings and sessions of the Wyoming Legislature.

After retiring from the newspaper, Mrs. Knobel took up a new career introducing Wyoming to the world and the world to Wyoming one exchange student at a time.

She hosted and placed dozens of exchange students from Europe, Australia, South America and other parts of the world with families all over Fremont County as part of the Educational Foundation (EF).

Before retiring from this second career, she was EF's Wyoming coordinator, overseeing EF representatives and exchange students all over the state.

She never retired from being active in the Republican Party.

From the USA coast to coast, the Caribbean, Italy, Switzerland, London, Mexico and more, Mrs. Knobel loved to travel.

Nowhere was she happier than spending time in her family's native Ireland.

"If she wasn't there physically, she was there in song and spirit," a family statement reads.

Family members said she accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and savior and died at peace.

Joanne Knobel was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob Knobel and son Charles Redman.

She is survived by her brother, Robert Gilliland, and wife Faye of Riverton; three daughters, Vicki Laue and husband Phil, Debbi Heward and Trudi Redman, all of Riverton; and her son, Coy Knobel, and wife Angela of Riverton and Washington, D.C.

She has 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Help for Health Hospice in care of Davis Funeral Home (

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