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Leola Val (May)(Merrill) Sheldon 96 of Casper, WY passed away from Aspiration Pneumonia on October 12, 2022 at the Wyoming Medical Center. She suffered from Vascular Dementia for over 20 years and has been freed to join her heavenly family.
She was born in Thermopolis WY on March 23,1926 to Orpha (Meeks) and Leo Reimann, who later divorced. Orpha went on to marry Frank May, who adopted Leola as his own shortly after. She grew up on the Shoshone Reservation in Wyoming & went to school in Riverton where she eventually met her first husband and started their family. Several years later they relocated to Casper, Wyoming. After the loss of her first husband, Chancey, she met and married her second husband, Lee. They lived a full, adventurous life until his passing in 2000.
Leola enjoyed sewing, gardening, crafts, time with friends and her loving family. She very much enjoyed traveling, dancing, country music and being outdoors. She will always be remembered as a caring mother, wife, grandmother and great/great great grandmother.
She was a resident at Casper Mountain Rehabilitation and Care Center for 8 years. Leola will best be remembered by the staff for her beautiful blue eyes, sweet disposition, saying “I love you” and her smile.
She is preceded in death by her parents: Orpha/Frank May and John Count/Isabel Carey, first husband Chancey Merrill, second husband Lee Sheldon, daughter Cheryl Grove, step-son Martin Sheldon and various other family members.
She is survived by her daughters: Sharon Burnett of Cedaredge Co, Debbie(Don) Moran of Billings MT, Pam Merrill (Ernie) of Bar Nunn Wy, step-daughter Susan(Jim) Russell of Casper WY, step-son Dennis(Marilynn) Sheldon of Pinedale WY. Grand children: Donna Cullins, Mark(Kaylie) Enders, Rick Burnett, Jami(Ralph) Burnett, Monty Moran (Jen) , Brad(Jill) Moran, Jennifer(Mitch) Mihalko, Monica Sisco-Ward, Ian Sisco(Michelena) , Kyle Sisco(Christine) , Christopher Sheldon, Matthew Sheldon, Jeromie(Ann Marie) Sheldon, Brent(Rochelle) Sheldon, Amy Sheldon, as well as numerous cousins, great/great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Highland Cemetery, 1860 E 12th St, Casper, WY 82601.Arrangements are under the care of Bustard and Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave, Casper, WY 82601.
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