August 18, 1942 ~ April 25, 2020 (age 77)




Funeral services for Anita Kay Johnston will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at the Glenrock High School Football Stadium, 120 Boxelder Trail in Glenrock, Wyoming with Pastor Michael A. Leibee officiating.  Interment will be in the Glenrock Cemetery.  A visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.  at the funeral home.   The link for live stream address will be  

During COVID-19 we will be taking extra precautions.  The service will be live streamed.  For anyone planning on sitting in the bleachers, please bring your own mask to the funeral as you will be required to wear one-it can be a bandana or a scarf.  Parking will be allowed for the most at-risk attendees along the chain link fence around the field.

Anita Johnston, known to family and friends as “Kay,” passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at the age of 77 years.  She passed away peacefully at her home after a long battle with chronic heart and lung conditions. Kay was born in Casper Wyoming on Friday, August 18, 1942. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Didymus and Rhoda May (Fraley) Welch and her loving husband of 45 years Bruce Neil Johnston.

Kay was always very proud to be a Wyoming native and very proud of her Native American Heritage. She always had a never-ending love for her family, friends, and animals.

She graduated from Natrona County High School in 1960 and went to college at Casper College and was able to college rodeo. Her biggest compassion was rodeo and horses.

She married the love of her life Bruce in September of 1963 and became the mother of three wonderful children. They had passion for boating, camping, raising horses, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Together they enjoyed watching their children and grandchildren participate in different sports and activities. They had a loving relationship that others admired.

Kay was always a very hard-working woman, from ranch work to being a security guard for Dave Johnston Power Plant, heavy equipment operator for Bear Creek Uranium and retired from North Antelope Rochelle Mine (NARM).

She is survived by son, Neil T. Johnston (Tami) of Glenrock Wyoming; daughter, Rhonda M. Shawver (Brad) of Gillette Wyoming; son, Bruce A. Johnston (Diane) of Casper Wyoming; son/nephew, Joseph A. Holdren (Glenda) of Glenrock Wyoming; sisters, Linda L. Walters, Patricia A. Weber, and Jackie R. Kant; sister-in-law, Carolyn Gibson; grandchildren, Amber Lewis (Robert), Murphy Johnston, Tate Johnston, TJ Shawver (Whitney), Tiffany Dickerson (Andy), and Morgan Johnston (Tyler); great grandchildren, Danica Shawver, Ashtyn Shawver, Breklyn Dickerson, and Robert Lewis IV; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children, 1275 East Fairfax Road, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103 or to the Glenrock Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 783, Glenrock, Wyoming 82637 would be appreciated by the family.

Serving as pallbearers will be TJ Shawver, Murphy Johnston, Tate Johnston, Roy Weber, Jim Weber, and John Becker.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be all of her loving family and friends.  

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.

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May 5, 2020

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Gorman Funeral Homes
P.O. Box X 1147 Cheyenne St
Douglas, WY 82633

Funeral Service
May 6, 2020

1:00 PM
Glenrock High School Football Stadium (Boxelder Trail, Glenrock, Wyoming)

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