Anne Banas Kilgore

Anne Banas Kilgore, 81, of Sheridan, WY, died Sunday, May 17, 2009 in Sheridan Manor with her daughter, Shari, by her side.

Anne was born on March 30, 1928 to Dorothy and Michael Banas in Dietz, WY. Her mother died when she was an infant. Anne was blessed to be raised by Anna and Paul Wallach, and had a very special love for them.

Anne was married to Walt Washut. She possessed a unique talent and interest in home planning and decorating, and was invited to act as a delegate to McCall’s “Women’s Congress on Better Living,” in 1957. While in Sheridan, she worked at Memorial Hospital.

Anne married Bill Kilgore in 1967 and lived in South Dakota and Colorado. While in Denver, she was employed with Presbyterian Hospital and the National Park Service, enjoying many friendships.

Anne, or as her childhood friends called her, “Anna Banana”, loved gardening, flowers, and her pet companion cats. She was creative and imaginative, and a talented artist. Anne’s artwork was extraordinary and she maintained a daily journal, over the past nineteen years. Her cherished journals are a living memorial for her family.

Anne was preceded in death by Walt Washut, her parents, Anna and Paul Wallach and Dorothy and Mike Banas, her infant sister, Dorothy, brothers George and Mike Banas.

She is survived by her daughters, Toots Washut Taszut (Bill Blackburn), of Bozeman, Shari Washut Thompson (Dwight), of Sheridan, sister Anne Aksamit, of Sheridan, and grandsons, Jeremy Schenfeld, of Denver, Korey Washut, of Denver, and Kyler Washut, of Sheridan. She is also survived by great grandchildren, Kyanne, Alexis, Shaylen, Jacey, Chase, Keely, and Lukas, and Anne’s close and dear friends.

At her request, no services are planned. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.