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Georgia M. Lewellen

August 26, 1921 — December 30, 2013

** TO VIEW VIDEO TRIBUTE, CLICK LINK ABOVE ** Georgia M Lewellen, age 92 of Encampment, WY died December 30, 2013 at Regional Hospital in Spearfish, SD. A memorial service will be held 11am Monday, January 13th, 2014 at the Encampment Presbyterian Church, in Encampment, Wyoming. Pastor Miki Laws will officiate the service. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will take place in the Rawlins City Cemetery, Rawlins, WY. Funeral arrangements are with Funeral Home of Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, S.D. Georgia M. Wray was born August 26, 1921 in West Plains, Mo. She was the daughter of Charles Oliver and Alta Ann (Raney) Wray. Georgia grew up on a farm near West Plains, Missouri. She attended school at Renfrow Country School, near West Plains. It was during a Sunday School Social that she met her future husband, William Joseph Verplancke. He was visiting relatives in MO and went with them to the ice cream social. They wrote to each other for six months before "Butch" returned to marry her on June 30, 1936. Georgia and Butch spent the next 47 years together. To this union there were born two children, Rita Wray and Roger William. Georgia and Butch worked in the timber industry for R. R Crow and Co. They also owned and operated the Side Saddle Inn in Encampment, WY. for several years. They enjoyed many fishing, hunting, camping trips with their family and enjoyed a good hot game of Bridge with friends. Butch died on January 7, 1984. On November 2, 1991 Georgia was united in marriage to Bafford E. Lewellen,( Rear Admiral, Ret.) They enjoyed nine years of marriage before "Lew" died in June of 2000. They traveled to Belgium, France, Germany, England and even fished in New Zealand. Summers were spent in Encampment, WY and winters in Oceanside, CA. Georgia knew what it was like to go without and she never forgot to help those in need. Her kind and compassionate nature will be remembered by many. She was a Christian woman with a strong faith in God. Fishing, hunting, camping and gardening as well as a hot Bridge game were a few of her favorite things. Her infectious laugh will be sadly missed. She was a great cook and gracious hostess. Her specialty was pie baking and what a treat it was to enjoy her fresh rhubarb raspberry pie. She worked for several years in Saratoga, WY for Ralph Crow & Sons, Memorial Hospital of Carbon Hospital and for the Encampment Schools. Georgia is survived by her daughter Rita (Dennis) Craiger of Spearfish, Two grandchildren, Loree (Jason) Schlichtemeier of Sturgis, Steve Anderson of Spearfish, five great grandchildren, Kaleb and Connor Anderson of Spearfish, Kassi and Lauren Anderson of Rawlins and Kathryn Anderson of Okinawa. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, William Joseph Verplancke, Bafford E Lewellen, her son Roger Verplancke, son in law Lyle Anderson, and her sisters Hazel Van Hook and Blanche Bess.
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