Helen Laureen (Brown) Yetter

Helen Laureen (Brown) Yetter died January 9, 2009 in Sheridan, Wyoming.  She lived a full and interesting life that spanned many changes in her role as a woman.

She was born April 17, 1924 in Evans, Colorado.  She married Dale J. Yetter in Cheyenne, Wyoming on January 3, 1946.  As a young couple they moved to the Big Horn area, initially living in a sheep herder’s wagon.  Dale became the foreman for the Wallop Ranch.

As part of the job, Helen cooked for 16 to 18 ranch hands.  She cooked on a wood stove; breakfast at 6a a.m.; dinner at noon; and supper at 6 p.m., then cleaned up the dishes to start again.  She made her own bread, usually 15 to 20 loaves.  Both Helen and Dale were very hard workers, with the goal of owning their own ranch. They accomplished this when they bought a ranch near Arvada, Wyoming.  They later divorced.  Dale preceded Helen in death due to an accident on August 13, 1993.

Helen was a talented artist and musician.  She loved to read and was an excellent cook.  She pursued these interests throughout her life.  She was an active member of Friendship Chapter #51, Order of the Eastern Star and her friends in this group were important to her.  Whatever challenges Helen faced in her life were always met with stubborn determination.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry C. and Dorothy J. Brown, and her brothers, James E. and Harry C. Brown, Jr.

Helen is survived by her two children, Troy Yetter, of Casper, Wyoming, and Joanne Aksamit, of Sheridan, Wyoming.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Lynon, Nerissa, and Chyna Aksamit, and Amanda Kongaika; and great grandchildren, Jacob, Zion, and Izabella Kongaika.  She leaves behind two sisters, Winona Toburen, of Olathe, Kansas, and Kathryn Teeters, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

Memorial service for Helen will be 2:00 P. M. Friday, January 16, 2009 at Champion Ferries Funeral Home with the Officers of Friendship Chapter #51, O. E. S. officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Big Horn Mt. Lodge #43 Section of the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.