February 20, 1934 ~ April 27, 2022 (age 88)


Evelyn Janet Phifer passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Mark Darby, of Thornton, Colorado. Evelyn was born in Laramie, Wyoming on Tuesday, February 20, 1934 to Betty and Henry Schroeder. She grew up with her younger sister, Jan, enjoying the great outdoors camping and skiing. Evelyn spent all of her childhood years in Laramie where she graduated from high school in 1952. She attended the University of Wyoming majoring in social work and was a member of the Tri Delta sorority in which she made lifelong friends. At UW, she met her future husband, Wayne Weber, and they married in Laramie in 1954 after his graduation from college. They moved to the Weber family wheat farm in Wheatland, Wyoming, and had four children together, Jay, Beth, Kyle and Joni. They later moved to an irrigated farm and cattle ranch on Chugwater Creek before their marriage ended. She later married the “love of her life”, Zack Phifer, in 1977 and enjoyed 32 years of marriage in which they helped raise their granddaughter Melissa as their own. They moved to Pasco, Washington in 1988 and worked together in the hay cubing agricultural implement business. Evelyn loved the Pacific Northwest and exploring the beautiful scenery. Evelyn’s career included working on the family farms in Wheatland for many years. She later was employed as an executive administrative assistant for a local bank in Wheatland and later at Farm Credit Services in Pasco, Washington. She was an honored employee of FC and was proud of her contribution to the business. After retiring she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was a Master Gardener who loved growing beautiful roses and adored her dogs, Lily, Coco, and Lucy. Evelyn was a beloved, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and daughter. She touched so many lives with her kind, caring, self-less character who put others before herself. She was a huge fan of Russell Wilson, was an avid member of the “12th Man” of the Seattle Seahawks and loved watching every game. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Zack, and son, Jay Weber. Surviving members of her family are her sister, Janice (Dan) Eckdah,l of Torrington, Wyoming; daughter-in-law, Joanne Weber, of Pasco; daughter, Beth (Mark) Darby, of Thornton, Colorado; son, Kyle (Sue) Weber, of San Luis Obispo, California; daughter, Joni Darby of Sandwich, Illinois; step-sons, Bard (Kelli) Phifer of Wheatland and Reid Phifer of Jackson, Wyoming, her loving grandchildren, Melissa, Chad, Cort, Tara, Katie, Kenzie, Nan, Emma, Krista, Kayla, Katie, Alec, Rylynn; and eleven great-grandchildren along with nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held for Evelyn Janet Phifer on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at the Wheatland Cemetery. The graveside service will begin at 11:00 A.M. with a luncheon following at the Agriplex at the Platte County Fairgrounds. Wheatland was her home for many years.

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.

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Graveside Service
July 16, 2022

11:00 AM
Wheatland Cemetery
Wheatland, Wyoming 82201
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