Mar. 14 George William Odde, 98.
Mar. 14 Doby Maloy Poor, 17 weeks.
Mar. 19 Ruben Tony Vialpando, 87, in Thermopolis.
Marc. 24 Alice Schoenberger, 85, in Thermopolis.
Mar. 28 Wanda Shelp, 71, of Worland
Wanda Jean Shelp of Worland passed away on March 28, 2015, at
Worland Healthcare Center at the age of 71 following a long illness.
She was born on Jan. 2, 1944, in Thermopolis to Lucille I. (Love) and Louis F. Freudenthal. Her family lived on a farm on Owl Creek, and she attended school in Hot Springs County, graduating from high school in 1962.
Following graduation she married John M. Shelp in Thermopolis on July 6, 1962. The couple then made their home in Spearfish, S.D., while John attended college. Wanda worked various jobs to support them while John was in college. After his graduation she was able to pursue her own college education, graduating from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., with a degree in education.
After several moves, she and John settled in Worland in 1975. She and John purchased Davis Lumber Company in 1979, and expanded the business at the first location. In 1994 they built their new full home improvement center building on the east side of Worland. Wanda was active in the management of the store. They sold the business in 2000 and began enjoying retirement.
She and John had four children: Cheri, Daron, Roger and Jack. After the birth of their daughter, they made the loving decision to adopt three more boys, and eventually gained a second daughter through marriage of their son.
Wanda Jean’s lifetime hobby was weaving and she spent much time on it. She wrote the book, “8 Shafts a Place to Begin,” in conjunction with Carolyn Wostenberg, and it is now in its sixth printing. She was awarded the Handweavers Guild of America award for lace table cloth. She also was editor for 15 years of an international weaving journal, Complex Weavers. She served a term as president of Complex Weavers. In addition, she was the web designer and communications director for the Association of Northwest Weavers Guild.
She was a founding member of the Western Weavers Guild, a group that focused on multi-shaft weaving. At the time of her passing she was chairing a study group researching an English weaver from the 1600’s. She had several looms of different sizes and types, and many local people enjoyed tours of her weaving room. Her looms were all computer controlled. The designs were first made on the computer, then moved to the looms.
Wanda Jean had a great passion for weaving. She was always eager to share her knowledge with anyone interested in weaving. Through the years she encouraged and helped many weavers expand their knowledge and appreciation of weaving. Her knowledge and understanding of weaving will be greatly missed by many.
She was a very private person who loved and enjoyed the people in her life. She had her ways and would keep encouraging you to see things her way—and ultimately most people came to appreciate her way of thinking.
Although she avoided the spotlight, she enjoyed being involved in many different projects. She helped her brother, Steven Freudenthal, with his campaign for the Wyoming House of Representatives, and was very active in her brother, David Freudenthal’s, campaigns to become governor of Wyoming. Locally, she also was Debbie Hammons campaign manager for state representative.
While she liked doing spinning demonstrations for children and adults, her main focus was her family. Family events were always very important to her and she made sure every detail was perfect. All of her children and grandchildren were schooled in the proper way to set the table, and how to behave during a meal.
She was preceded in death by her parents; by her sons Daron and Roger Shelp; by her sisters Elaine Lowham and Janice McCord; and by her aunt Evelyn.
Wanda Jean is survived by her husband John Shelp of Worland; by her daughter Cheri Shelp (Wayne Reid) of Worland and her son Jack Shelp of Morrill, Neb.; by her 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and her daughter-in-law Wendy Shelp. She is also survived by her sister Wilma Slane of Riverton, and by her brothers Neil (Kay) Freudenthal of Hot Springs, Ariz., Steven (Barbara) Freudenthal and Governor David (Nancy) Freudenthal both of Cheyenne, and Dennis Freudenthal of Pocatello, Idaho; and by many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Wanda Jean Shelp will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Worland. Burial will follow at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Worland. A reception for family and friends will be at the church following the graveside service.
The casket will be open at Veile Mortuary on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Washakie Museum at 2200 Big Horn Ave. – Worland, WY 82401.