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Loree Fesenmeyer

E. Loree Fesenmeyer, 86, passed away on April 24, 2019 at the Washakie Medical Center in Worland.

Loree was born in Urbana, MO, on May 10, 1932, to William Clint and Eva Rowena (Adams) Bower. The family moved to a farm at Durkee, east of Worland, when she was a toddler, and later moved into town, where she attended high school and worked at Reed’s Drug Store at the soda fountain. It was there that she met her future husband, Philip Fesenmeyer, from Riceville, IA.

After graduating from Worland Senior High in 1950, she attended the University of Wyoming. She was interested in a teaching degree, enjoyed being in a sorority and attending the Sigma Chi Sweetheart Ball, but a combination of homesickness and falling in love led her to return home after a year. She went to work as a switchboard operator at the Mountain Bell Telephone Company. Loree and Phil were married on July 19, 1953.

Her working life didn’t end at the telephone company. As her daughters grew older, she was employed at the local Forest Service office and was a receptionist at Dr. Norman C. Jorgenson’s medical practice for many years. She also used her organizational skills and attention to detail working for Dee’s Trucking Company, and two other trucking companies before she retired.

Loree did everything to the full extent of her ability. She got involved in Girl Scouting with her daughters and grew into an executive role with the organization later, helping in the establishment of National Center West Girl Scout camp east of Ten Sleep. Her leadership skills served her well as a long-time member of her PEO chapter and as an active member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. For her strength and assertiveness her family affectionately dubbed her ‘The Camp Director.”

A voracious reader, Loree belonged to a book club for many years. She was a crafter, and sewed garments and lovely quilts. She enjoyed preparing meals from Phil’s garden, as well as traditional family favorites for holiday gatherings; she baked a mean cheesecake. Her dream of traveling with her husband was never realized, but Loree and her sister-in-law, Evelyn, took wonderful travel tours together for more than 10 years.

Loree was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Phil, in 1997; her brother, Clarence; and her sister, Helen Rushin.

Survivors include her daughters, Debora (David) Townsend of Coeur d’ Alene, ID and Cindy (Steve) Micheal of Worland; her sister, Dorothy Blank of Bellingham, WA; grandchildren, Adam Townsend, Nathan (Kathy), Jordan, Cara, and Carson Micheal; great-grandchildren, Vada Brayden, Anniston and Riley.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. A private family inurnment will take place prior to services. In lieu of flowers, donations to an organization or charity of choice are encouraged. Online condolences may be made at