Dietra Mary Kessel, beloved daughter, wife, and mother was received into the arms of Jesus on November 7th, 2021 in Casper, Wyoming. She was born on August 26th, 1970 in Redondo Beach, California to Hienz (John) Dieter Smolij and Carolyn (Peck) Smolij. She grew up in Wickersham, Washington and attended Mount Baker High School graduating in 1988. She moved to Casper, Wyoming in the early 1990s, and continued her education at Casper Community College in business. After college she went to work for Jack Bradley at Manx Oil for over 20 years, where she wore many hats and filled many roles. Dietra passionately volunteered across Casper in many places, from CASA of Natrona County, to Victim Service Advocate for the Casper Police Department. Dietra loved helping kiddos at First Baptist Church and Mills Elementary, crafting cards and other works of art. She was enthusiastic about scrapbooking and networked around the world with many that enjoyed the same craft. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. They took many trips, from Washington D.C., to Hawaii and even out of the country to Ecuador. Camping on Casper Mountain with close friends was an anticipated highlight of every summer.
Dietra is survived by her husband Cory, her son Tyler, her mother Carolyn Smolij, and several cousins, aunts, and uncles.
The celebration of life will be held at Bustards and Jacoby on November 20th at 10:00 AM with Pastor John Marshall officiating. Fellowship will follow.
Memorial donations may be made to CASA of Natrona County (535 W Yellowstone Highway Casper WY, 82601).
Arrangements are entrusted to Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave. Casper, WY 82601.