Feb. 1, 1944 – May 8, 2012
Jane Franks, age 68, passed away on May 8, 2012, at her home in Manderson, Wyo., surrounded by her husband and family after a valiant four-year battle with lung cancer.
Jane was born on February 1, 1944, in Lovell, Wyo., the third of six children to John and Hermina (Miller) Gams. She went to high school in Lovell, Wyo., and graduated from Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo., in 1964.
Jane met Lloyd Franks in Lovell, Wyo., and they were married on April 4, 1964. They were blessed with three children, Weston, Wendy and Wynette.
Jane and Lloyd moved to Roswell, N.M., in December 1964 and then to Escalante, Utah, in 1965 where Lloyd worked for Jane’s brother-in-law’s company, Kelley Construction. Jane and Lloyd moved to Orogrande, N.M., in 1966. In 1975 Jane and Lloyd moved back to Wyoming, making their home in Manderson. Jane worked many years in the Big Horn Basin area. She worked as a nurse’s aide for the Wyoming Retirement Center; as a secretary for the Big Horn Basin School District, Wyoming Retirement Center, Zaring and Gish Law Firm, County Attorney Bob Gish; and the Big Horn County Assessor’s Office. Jane served as secretary for the Manderson Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years. Jane also supported her husband in building and growing their two businesses, Lloyd’s Roofing LLC and Lloyd’s Auction Service.
Jane was preceded in death by her father, John Gams, and her sister, Judy Workman.
Jane is survived by her husband of 48 years, Lloyd Franks of Manderson, Wyo.; her mother, Hermina Gams of Lovell, Wyo.; her brother, John (Sylvia) Gams of Cowley, Wyo.; her sisters, Joyce (Terry) Lohrenz of Fishtail, Mont., Ginger (Dennis) Cooper of California City, Calif., Jerri (Leonard) Torczon of Powell, Wyo.; her sisters-in-law, Barbara Hosman of Denver, Colo., Beverly Moody of Gillette, Wyo.; her son, Weston Franks of Billings, Mont.; her daughters, Wendy (Roger) Brown of Casper, Wyo., Wynette (Kevin) Culp of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.; six grandchildren, Daniel Culp, Jonathan Brown, Trenton Culp, Christina Brown, Ashlyn Culp and Rachael Brown.
Jane enjoyed sewing, crocheting, arts & crafts, working in her yard, spending time with her family and supporting her grandchildren by attending many of their sporting events and activities. Jane loved camping in the Big Horn Mountains and 4-wheeling with her family by the rivers near her home. Jane was a 12-year member of the Wyoming Auctioneers Association and was their historian for 4 years. Jane was a 37-year member of the Manderson Community Bible Church and served as treasurer for over 20 years.
A viewing was held from 1 – 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at the Atwood Family Chapel in Basin.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 14, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Basin with Pastor Don Wood officiating. Burial followed at the Mount View Cemetery in Basin.
Memorials in Jane’s name may be made to the Manderson Community Bible Church’s Building Fund in care of Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, WY 82410.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.