From the pages of
Sublette Examiner
Volume 5, Number 41 - January 5, 2006
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Jolean Meeks

Jolean Meeks, loving wife, giving mother and spoiling grandmother, entered into rest on Dec. 28, 2005, at St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, at the age of 57. She was born on Feb. 17, 1948, in Payson, Utah, the daughter of Floyd Carl and Shirley (Long) Eatough.

She married Kenney R. Meeks on Oct. 8, 1966, in Kemmerer.

Jolean enjoyed crafts, going camping, fishing and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her loving husband, Kenney Meeks, of Big Piney; her children: a son, Jason (Roni) Meeks, of Pinedale and daughters Sandi Jo Meeks and Shelly Jean (Doug) Ness, both of Big Piney. She is also survived by her parents, Floyd and Shirley Eatough of Opal; brothers Floyd Eatough of Pinedale and Larry Eatough of Meadow Vista, Calif.; sisters Terry (Don) Hutchinson of Opal and Susan (Steve) Buschauer of Heyburn, Idaho; and grandchildren Sadie Meeks, Taylor Meeks, Jesse Meeks and Carson Ness.

She was preceded in death by her sister Betty Jean Jetkoski.

Memorial services will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Big Piney Fine Arts Auditorium.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Crandall Funeral Home of Kemmerer.

Maicille Carr-Clark

Maicille Carr-Clark passed away on Jan. 1, 2006, in Harlingen, Texas, after a long battle with stomach cancer. Maicille touched the lives of everyone who knew her.

Maicille Ray was born to Bill and Opal Ray in Rock Springs on June 15, 1930, the third of five children. She was raised in the Big Piney area, where she graduated from high school in 1948. She attended the University of Wyoming and married her high school sweetheart, Boyd Carr, on Feb. 16,1951.

Boyd entered military service, which took them to Houston, Texas, where their first daughter, Kathleen Rae, was born. Upon returning to Big Piney, Maicille became a teacher in the Big Piney school system, where she taught until her retirement 28 years later. She taught fourth grade, high school home economics, and finally middle school language arts.

During that time, their second daughter, Kory Renee, was born.

Boyd and Maicille loved living in Big Piney. In their younger days, they could often be found square dancing, playing bridge, snowmobiling or entertaining friends at late-night parties or early-morning breakfasts.

Maicille also contributed to the Town of Big Piney through a lifetime of civil service. She served on the town council and the fine arts council. She also was instrumental in the establishment of the Green River Valley Museum and served as chairperson of the centennial celebration committee. She will also be remembered as the pronouncer for the Sublette County spelling contest for many years.

She was a great fan of the sports teams at Big Piney High School and loved to attend basketball and football games. She and Boyd made a career of traveling the state, following the BPHS girls swim team.

In the early 1970s she and Boyd opened Carr's Hardware, which they operated for almost two decades. In the early 1990s they closed the store and moved to San Benito, Texas, due to Boyd's ill health. Boyd passed away in June of 1999.

Maicille was twice blessed by wonderful husbands. She married Ray Clark of San Benito in 2000. They enjoyed traveling, going to baseball games, volunteering in the HOST tutoring program and being involved with the activities at Fun-n-Sun RV Park with their many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Boyd.

Survivors include her two daughters, Kathy St. Clair of Carson City, Nev., and Kory and her husband, Tim Franken, of Parker, Colo.; her brother Bill and his wife, Mary Lou Ray, of Denver; her brother Don and his wife, June Ray, of Slidell, La., her sister Alferna and her husband, Tom Baker, of Cheyenne; her sister Marilyn Vickrey of Yuma, Ariz., and four grand children: J.B. of Davis, Calif., Macy Rose, Naomi Faith and Kyle Walker of Parker.

A memorial service was held in San Benito on Jan. 5. Her ashes will be buried beside those of her first husband, Boyd, in Big Piney, in the summer, at which time a memorial service will be held.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Green River Valley Museum, P.O. Box 12, Big Piney, Wyo., 83113.

Otis Carney

Otis Carney died of cancer on New Year's Day 2006 on his ranch in southeastern Arizona. He was 83.

Mr. Carney's 17 books, both fiction and non-fiction, include such best-sellers as "Love at First Flight," "When the Bough Breaks" and "New Lease on Life." As a screen and television writer, he won Freedom Foundation and Western Heritage Awards, writing for "Dragnet," "Zane Grey Theatre," "The Dick Powell Show," "Walt Disney Presents" and other television series.

For the 1967-68 seasons he created "The Monroes." He was a writer and producer on the cinerama spectacular, "Cinerama Holiday." His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Los AngelesT imes and the Chicago Tribune, and have been syndicated in Knight-Ridder newspapers.

His landmark political film written with Stephen Shadegg for the 1964 Goldwater campaign, "Choice," was cited by the New York Times as "unique ... a forerunner that enduringly altered political discourse in the United States."

A 1943 (class) graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Carney was a captain in the Marine Corps, serving as a pilot in the Pacific Theatre of World War II for 22 months, largely for General Roy Stanley Geiger, the Marine Corps Commandant.

He was a native of Chicago and Lake Forest, Ill., the grandson of a midwestern industrialist, William J. Carney, active in the coal mining, timber and graphite industries. A cattleman as well as a writer, Mr. Carney owned working ranches at various times in Arizona, California and Wyoming.

His deep and comprehensive knowledge of the American West figured prominently in his work, which increasingly embraced a transit in his political thinking from the rock-ribbed conservatism of his midwestern origins to a more nuanced, pacifist, New Age progressivism.

He was active in conservation issues as well, especially regarding his beloved Upper Green River Valley in western Wyoming, where he had ranched for almost half a century.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Teddy, and by his three sons: Thomas, John and Peter, and by his seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Tucson, Ariz.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to New Dimensions Radio, Box 569, Ukiah, Calif. 95482.

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