WILMA "BILLIE" JEAN (ERICKSON) SNELL

Born: Wed., Jun. 5, 1935
Died: Tue., Sep. 26, 2017


Funeral Liturgy

10:00 AM Sat., Sep. 30, 2017
Location: Saint James Catholic Church


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Funeral liturgy for Wilma “Billie” Jean Snell, 82, will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas, Wyoming with Father Bill Hill officiating.  Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery.  A reception will immediately follow at the Douglas Community Golf Club.
Billie succumbed to her short battle with cancer peacefully at her home in Douglas surrounded by her family on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.
Billie was born on  Wednesday, June 5th, 1935 in Mountain View, Wyoming the daughter of John Clarence and Georgia Wilma (Fenton) Erickson.  She graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming with the class of 1953 and married Milton E. Snell on August 1, 1953 in Bates Hole, Wyoming.  They had two daughters, Margaret and Connie.  As a family they enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, archery, and summer vacations.
After raising her girls, Billie returned to Casper College to earn a degree in drafting.  She then worked underground at the Exxon mine, north of Douglas.
Billie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and Catholic.  She enjoyed many outdoor activities including golfing, hiking, backpacking, traveling, and was an avid bird watcher.  She was a member of the Audubon Society.  She was quite an adventurer; she climbed the Grand Teton, rafted down the Colorado River, ran in the Bolder Boulder, and shot five holes-in-one during her golfing career to name a few of her many accomplishments.
She leaves a legacy of established women who carry her strong will and determination; all who give thanks to her for leaving them with a solid understanding of the importance of honesty, good morals, and financial responsibility.
After the passing of her husband of 46 years, Milton, she continued her passion for the outdoors and travel with longtime friend and companion, Ray Oakley.
Billie is survived by her daughters, Margaret “Maggie” Hinckley and Connie (Jim) Sullivan; her granddaughters, Tara (Bart) Butcher, Jill Fay, and Jamie (Jeremiah) Hinds; great granddaughters, Aurora Bowden, Chloe Hinds, Allison Hinds, and Marissa Szumada; and partner, Ray Oakley.
Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Georgia and John Erickson; her husband, Milton Snell, on February 13, 1999; and her siblings, Berta Snelling, Bud Snelling, and Willa Dow.
Serving as pallbearers will be Bruce Snell, George Fenton, Guy Cabral, Jim Sullivan, Jeremiah Hinds, and Bart Butcher.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be all of her family and friends.
A memorial to the Douglas Senior Citizens’ Center, P.O. Box 192, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 would be appreciated by the family.  
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com

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Susan Guile
   Posted Fri September 29, 2017
Hi to Maggie and Connie,
I met your Mom thru WSWGA (Wyoming Senior Women's Golf Assocation). My first meeting was at Three Crowns in Casper, which was my first tournament I had ever played in without teammates. I was scared! Lucky for me I was in a foursome with your Mom both days (also was with Georgia Moore the first day). Your Mom was so good to me. I always looked for her at the WSWGA tournaments. Seems like I have met one or both of you at one of the WSWGA tournaments with your Mom. I knew she was a good golfer, but 5 holes in one!! That's awesome. So sorry to learn of her passing.
Susan

Deb Hansen
   Posted Wed October 04, 2017
My husband Ron and I played couples golf with Billie and Milt for many years. We had lots of fun and laughs. I also played with Billie in the ladies league. She was a fierce competitor and always trying to improve her game, yet she was always friendly and fun to play with. I always admired Billie for her talent and tenacity on the golf course. Up until a couple weeks ago I would frequently meet her walking along the river. She would greet me with a smile and comment on the birds or weather. I will miss Billie and I send my sympathy to her family.

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