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Sublette Examiner
Volume 8, Number 24 - September 4, 2008
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Anna Lee Gray Woffinden, 78, died on Monday, August 25, 2008, from complications of an interstitial pulmonary (lung) disease at Star Valley Medical Center in Afton, Wyoming.

Anna Lee was born February 24, 1930, in Bakersfield, California, to Donald Morell and Muriel Lucile Hopkins Gray. She spent most of her growing up years in Big Piney, although she attended first grade in Southern California. She helped her father and family build the Gray family home in 1947. She graduated from Big Piney High School in 1947, as the Salutatorian.

On November 24, 1950, she married Rulon E. “Shrimp” Woffinden in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Their marriage was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in August 1967. He passed away December 8, 1995, after 45 years together. During that time they lived in Kemmerer and Rock Springs for short periods.

On December 24, 1959, the family moved to the home they shared in Big Piney. Four children were born to this union Keyth Ann, Robin G., Kyla Kay and R. Morell. She worked briefly for the telephone company.

In 1958, she started working as a parttime Postal Clerk in the Big Piney Post Office. She continued this until she retired from the Post Office in October 1988. She also split her “spare” time between working the linotype for the Big Piney Examiner which was owned by her grandfather, George Hopkins, and helping her mother in Gray Gifts and Flowers.

Anna Lee was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served in many capacities, including, but not limited to Jr. Sunday School President, Young Women’s and Relief Society Secretary, Family History Consultant, Visiting Teacher. She was the Big Piney Ward Membership Clerk for 24 years.

Her hobbies and interests were genealogy and history of the people and towns in Sublette County. She enjoyed compiling her Tidbits of local marriages, births and deaths. At the time of her death, she had compiled 1912–2007 and was working on 2008.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one grandson, Donald David Woffinden, and one great-granddaughter, Siera Marquie Phillips.

She is survived by her children: Keyth Palmer, Robin (Denise) Woffinden, Kyla Woffinden, formerly of Rexburg, Idaho, and Morell (Melanie) Woffinden all of Big Piney, Wyoming; grandchildren: Jared (Heidi) Phillips, Big Piney; Clint Phillips, Rock Springs; John Winter-mote, Shoshoni; Seth Wintermote, Big Piney/Shoshoni; Jordon Cooper, Big Piney, Niko (Stevie) Hernandez, LaBarge; Darby Woffinden, Big Piney; Devoni Woffinden, Big Piney and great-grandchildren: Gary Phillips, Warren Phillips, LaTisha Phillips of Big Piney; Danae Gomez, Darian Phillips, Michael Phillips of Rock Springs, and Michael Hernandez of LaBarge. She is also survived by one sister: Donna Mullens, Evanston; three sister-in-laws: Elaine Woffinden Webb, Paris, Idaho; Wilma Woffinden Mauchley, Logan, Utah; Rose Marie Woffinden, Logan, Utah; one aunt: Irene Yeck Hopkins of Lander, Wyoming; numerous nieces and nephews, and cousins.

A Funeral service was held Sunday, August 31 at 3 p.m. at the Big Piney LDS Church. Interment followed the service in the Plainview Cemetery. Anna Lee was a supporter of the Upper Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney and the Big Piney Library. She listed both in her wishes as possible memorial choices.


Mrs. Darlece Traylor died August 27, 2008 at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas.

Darlece was a longtime resident of Big Piney, Wyoming and had recently moved to Whitehouse, Texas to live with her daughter. She was born June 4, 1939 in Weathers, Oklahoma and was preceded in death by her parents George Thomas and Loreta Garis, husband Derylen Traylor, and son Tommy Traylor.

Survivors include daughter Linda Godwin and son-in-law James, Whitehouse, Tx; son Mike Goldsberry and daughter-in-law Winona, San Antonio, Tx; four grandchildren, Austin and Kurt Godwin, Tyler, Texas, also Chris and Michael Goldsberry, San Antonio, Texas. Sister and brother-in-law Linda and Dick Tanner, Big Piney Wyoming and sister Charlene Blevins, Grants Pass, Oregon.

She loved all of her numerous nieces and nephews and special friends. Memorial service will be held in Big Piney, Wyoming at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler, Texas.

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