Nov. 26, 1929 – May 25, 2011
Caroline Merle (Allen) Cheatham, 81, of Greybull, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at South Big Horn County Critical Access Hospital.
Carrie was born Nov. 26, 1929, on Trapper Creek, near Shell, to John Herren Allen and Mary Lillian Rath. When Carrie was 2, her mother became seriously ill, was hospitalized, and died when Carrie was 8 years old. When Carrie was 14, her father married Leona Scharen.
Carrie graduated as valedictorian of the Greybull High School Class of 1947. She attended the University of Wyoming.
On April 15, 1948, she married Raymond Barlow Cheatham Jr. of Shell Creek. They have six children: Robert (Iris) of Springville, Utah, Albert of Lovell, Barbara Hall (Roger) of Greybull, Carol of Kannapolis, N.C., Linda Somerville (Ken) of Milan, Italy, and Dennis (Adrienne) of Sidney, Neb.
Carrie worked as a clerk at the Greybull Elevator for 12 years. She was secretary for the Shell Canal. Later, she worked for Turner Iron and Metal. She was a member, and often an officer, of many clubs and organizations in the Greybull area.
Carrie was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities in the church, including in later years, a temple worker in the Billings Temple. She and a group of her dear friends drove to Billings to do temple work every week. With these friends, she took a trip to Nauvoo, Ill., and other historical church sites, which was a special memory for her.
Carrie was preceded in death by her father; mother; three sisters, MaryAnn, Janice and Betty, and husband, Raymond Cheatham Jr.
She is survived by six children, 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Carrie was known throughout the community and her church as a woman of compassionate service. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 28, 2011, and she was laid to rest next to her beloved husband at the Odessa Cemetery on Shell Creek.
A memorial fund has been established in Carrie’s name and donations will be received at the Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Avenue, Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
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