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Nina Larson Shimek

Aug 15, 2013 Staff

Nina Larson Shimek, longtime Thermopolis resident, died of heart complications Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Billings Clinic in Montana. She was 80 years old.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Hot Springs Christian Church in Thermopolis with Pastor Daryl Lottman officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

Nina Larson Shime was born April 22, 1933, in LaFeria, Texas, one of 10 children born to Marcus and Montie (Prine) Dellaughter.

At the age of 2, the family moved to Hamilton, Texas, where she graduated from Hamilton High School.

For many years she was employed by MA Bell as a telephone operator working in Midland, Texas, and Denver.

She came to Wyoming in 1964 and married Leonard H. Larson in 1965 in Thermopolis.

She worked as a telephone operator in Worland, then served as Deputy County Clerk in Thermopolis for 12 years, retiring in 1996.

Mr. Larson died in 1994.

In June 2007, she married Roy Shimek in Riverton, and the couple lived in Thermopolis.

At the age of 56, Mrs. Larson Shimek began raising her two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Steven.

Her family said she was known as a giving person, and her interests, in addition to her friends and family, included reading and crocheting. She was a member of the Hot Springs Christian Church, and for years she was a Sunday School teacher.

She is survived by her husband, Roy, of Thermopolis; granddaughter Liz McNichols of Thermopolis; grandson Steven McNichols of Rock Springs; sisters Betty Miller and her husband James of Benbrook, Texas, and Nellie Sharpes of Lake Jackson, Texas; brothers Robert Dellaughter and his wife Carol Ann of Hamilton, Texas, and Bill Dellaughter and his wife Margie of Ponder, Texas; stepchildren Carolyn Shimek, Ken Shimek and his wife Carol, David Shimek of Wyoming, Roy Shimek and his wife Bonnie of Kentucky, Bill Larson and his wife Carol of Wyoming, Steve Larson of Georgia, Doug Larson of Georgia, Ed Larson of Georgia, and Randy Larson and his wife Laura of Wyoming; good friend Karlene Huckman of Thermopolis; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Leonard; parents; brothers M.V. Dellaughter and David Dellaughter; and sisters Mary Kelly, Dorothy Cody and Montie Greever.

Mortimore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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