Sadly, long-time Casper and Glenrock resident Mary Bunn passed away due to complications from a heart procedure on the evening of October 10th.
As a young woman, she and husband Tom Rickert raised two daughters, Kelly and Christina, as they moved from Wisconsin to Iowa and then to Casper, Wyoming in 1979. Tom passed in an air ambulance crash in 1993.
Mary became the bride of Lynn Bunn of Glenrock, Wyoming in 1999 and lived on the Bixby Ranch with Lynn through his remaining healthy years. Lynn was stricken with a lengthy illness and passed in 2015.
Mary became familiar to friends and acquaintances in a variety of settings during her life. She was familiar to many working the checkout lane at Casper's Buttreys grocery store; at the Quarter Horse tracks competing her running horses under the banner of Rickert Farms; kicking up dancing dust at the Beacon with Lynn; or telling Facebook friends across the country about the grandkids and family happenings.
For the last several years, Mary lived on the Powderhorn Ranch with some of her family, grandkids and great-grandkids. She loved having horses outside the window, working in her flowerbeds and keeping up her sanctuary for transient birds. For decades, including last week's Monday Night Football game, she referred to the Green Bay Packers as "we," as if she were part of the team.
Mary is survived by her brother John Welsch and sister Lauryl Megahan of Wisconsin; her daughters Kelly Sites and Christina True and husbands; and 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren living in Wyoming, Michigan, Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Arizona.
A remembrance event will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 9:30 to 11:30 at The Gathering community church in Douglas, Wyoming. In a hand-written note found by family members after she passed, Mary hoped that people would attend any memorial in her honor "wearing bright colors."
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make contributions in Mary's memory to Samaritan's Purse (samaritanspurse.org) or Make a Wish Wyoming (wish.org/wyoming). Thank you.
We assume in her final wishes, she also meant to write GO PACK GO!