Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wyoming Humanities Council announces reading series for fall

The Wyoming Humanities Council will sponsor “Reading Wyoming,” its
community-based book discussion series, in Guernsey, Lusk, Pine Bluffs,
Ranchester, Riverton, Sheridan, Story and Upton, starting in August and
September.  The council provides books and a discussion leader for each
site, and participation is free and open to the public.  Each discussion
series is organized around a theme.

Guernsey Outreach Center-EWC will host “Making Sense of the American
Civil War.”  This reading series includes works of historical fiction and
interpretation, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biographies, and short stories,
developed by the American Library Association and the National Endowment
for the Humanities for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Here is a complete list of host organizations and reading series:
Guernsey, EWC Guernsey Outreach, Making Sense of the American Civil War
Lusk, Niobrara County Library, Icons
Pine Bluffs, Pine Bluffs Branch Library, Living Between Fences
Ranchester, Tongue River Branch Library, Contemporary International
Riverton, Friends of the Riverton Library, Read Ingredients
Sheridan, Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, Read Ingredients
Story, Story Branch Library, Americans on the Outside
Upton, Upton Branch Library, Family Photographs

Contact the host sites directly for information about how to participate in
“Reading Wyoming.”  For more information about the Wyoming Humanities
Council and its programs, visit

Sheridan librarian Helen Graham passes away at age of 94

HELEN002Helen I. Graham, 94, of Sheridan, Wyoming, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Sugarland Ridge.

Helen Ila Watts Graham was born September 3, 1918 in Spearfish, South Dakota to Bert C. and Stella J. (Smith) Watts. Helen graduated from Hulett High School in Hulett, Wyoming and attended Black Hills Teacher’s College in Spearfish.

Miss Watts married Thomas U. Graham June 8, 1940 in Jordan, Montana.

Helen was a teacher and librarian. She taught for four years in rural schools in Crook County, Wyoming, spent 5 years at Sheridan High School in the Library and Study Hall. Helen then worked for 31 years at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library as Assistant Director and as the Director of the Wyoming Room.

Mrs. Graham was a member of the First Congregational Church in Sheridan, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Chapter A. B., of P. E. O., and the Sheridan County Historical Society. She was an author, photographer, water color painter, and a local historian and Lincoln scholar.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; her parents, Bert and Stella Watts; three brothers, Paul and Robert Watts, and Michael Hoolahan; and son-in-law Stewart Kimble.

Helen is survived by three daughters, Billie L. Kimble, of Harbor City, California, Barbara L. Ray, (Alan), of Waxahachie, Texas, and Marcia Wyett, (Mike), of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 5 grandchildren; Max & Barry Kimble, Jennifer Ray Holley, Thomas Ray, and Benjamin Wyett; and 8 great grandchildren.

Memorials in memory of Mrs. Graham may be made to the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, the First Congregational Church, Sheridan, or Hospice of the Big Horns.

Obituary courtesy of Sheridan Media

Judy Yeo (1937-2013)

Judy YeoJudith Louise Yeo, 75, lost a courageous battle with breast cancer on July 12. She passed away as a home hospice patient and was with family members.

She was born Nov. 3, 1937, in Wendell, Idaho.

She graduated from Jerome High School in May 1955. She attended the College of Idaho and CSU, where she graduated with a B.S. in June 1959. While at CSU, she married Don on Oct. 3, 1959.

Judy started her professional career after raising three children. She attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a master’s degree in August 1990.

Judy was a librarian at the Wyoming State Library for more than 20 years retiring in 2001.

Judy lived life to its fullest. She was a people person and loved music. She sang with the Capitol Chorale Choir, loved to line dance, was a master gardener, volunteered at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and loved working in her home garden. She enjoyed ushering at the Civic Center.

We will miss her infectious laughter and smile.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Lee; and her son, Aaron Lee Yeo.

She is survived by her husband, Don; son, Chet Yeo (Lori); daughter, Julie Harrington (Ryan); sister, Sally Arias; brothers, John Lee (Luann) and Martin Lee (Sue); mother, Helen Lee; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made to the Aaron Lee Yeo Memorial Scholarship Fund at UW or the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne.

Obituary from Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.

Above photo of Judy when she was the Special Projects Librarian at the Wyoming State Library in the 1990s.