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Hermina "Minnie" (Miller) Gams

Born: Sat., Feb. 11, 1922
Died: Wed., Jul. 22, 2020


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Tue., Jul. 28, 2020
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Tue., Jul. 28, 2020
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church

Interment following funeral service

Tue., Jul. 28, 2020
Location: Lovell Cemetery

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Hermina "Minnie" Miller Gams died July 22, 2020, at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell, Wyoming. Minnie was born to Gottfried and Sophie Miller on the family farm in the Sunlight community east of Lovell, Wyoming on February 11, 1922, one of ten children. She was baptized on March 12, 1922, and confirmed on May 10, 1936 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lovell. Minnie attended grade school in Cowley, Wyoming and Parochial School in Lovell.

Minnie married John Gams on March 31, 1940. To that union six children were born: Judy, John, Jane, Joyce, Ginger and Jerri. Minnie and John farmed in Kane, Wyoming until 1966 when the Yellowtail Dam and Big Horn Lake displaced all the farmers in Kane. They then moved to Deaver, Wyoming, where Minnie obtained her GED in 1976 and worked at the Deaver High School as Librarian for fifteen years. Minnie taught Sunday school at St. John's Lutheran Church for 25 years, was a 4-H leader for 24 years, and a member of the Kane Homemaker's Club for 40 years.

Minnie also worked as a cook at the Trailways Café in Deaver, drove truck for area farmers, raised bum lambs, milked cows, and irrigated. She participated in many cattle drives, brandings and attended endless ballgames, county fairs and concerts. She was known for her large bountiful gardens, colorful flowers and hospitality.  

After John's death, Minnie moved to Lovell in 1995. Minnie and John were also parents to three foreign exchange students: Paula Marie Meier from Luxembourg; Leon Gasatoya from the Philippines and Azad Sarhadian from Iran. They were also foster parents to Ron Bell, Ronnie Maul, Tuffy Crichton and Jack Wachob.

Minnie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother and sister who died in Russia, Johannes and Elizabeth Miller; sisters, Dorothea Fink and Rose Harrison of Lovell, Wyoming, Katherine Spomer of Powell, Wyoming, and Emilie Schierkolk of Riverton, Wyoming; brothers John Miller and Fred Miller of Cowley, Wyoming; daughters, Judy Workman of Lovell, Wyoming,  Jane Franks of Manderson, Wyoming, and Joyce Lohrenz of Fishtail, Montana; son-in-laws Don C. Kelley, Bill Workman, and David Wilson; granddaughter Katherine Kim Kelley; great granddaughters Kozanne Cavanaugh and Donna Kelley Brown; and one great-great grandson Tony Andre Brown.

She is survived by her sister Sophie Panasuk of Bainville, Montana; son, John (Sylvia) Gams of Cowley, Wyoming and daughters, Ginger (Denis) Cooper of California City, California and Jerri (Leonard) Torczon of Powell, Wyoming; son-in-laws Lloyd Franks of Manderson, Wyoming, Terry Lohrenz of Absarokee, Montana. She is also survived by 31 grandchildren, 69 great grandchildren and 44 great great grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews and many others who called her "Mom, Grandma, and Aunt Minnie."

Viewing will be held Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 at 9:30 am at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lovell, Wyoming.  Funeral services will follow at 10:30 am.  Burial will be at the Lovell Cemetery following funeral services.  Lunch provided at St. John’s Lutheran Church after the burial.

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Carol Harvey Donahue
   Posted Fri July 24, 2020
I'm sorry to hear of the passing of Minnie. She was such a sweet lady and filled with the spirit of love and giving. May you find comfort with the joy of many grandchildren that I'm sure she treasued.

Lois Monpas
   Posted Fri July 24, 2020
I send my love and hugs to all of my cousin siblings at this moment in your lives of great sorrow for our lovable, happy, giggly,(she had an insatiable laugh) Aunt Minnie!!! Our ancestor family is dwindling down to the last of her generation.. It's up to us to carry on the memories and traditions. Hold dear to your heart and mind all the memories she and our family have created. It is our heritage and we have to cling to it, it's what made us what we are today. I have her memory book and absolutely love it. I so wish I could be there to hug, love, laugh, cry & reminisce with all of you in her memory.. Please know I will be there with all of you in thought, mind and spirit.. Love cousin Lois

   Posted Tue July 28, 2020
To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to end all suffering. Before long, God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.”(Rev. 21:3,4). May this promise from God give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

Susie (Wilson) Dilts
   Posted Tue July 28, 2020
My Heart goes out to all of Minnie's family. What a beautiful, loving and caring woman. I was honored to have known her. I have so many enjoyable and fun filled memories of being with her. I will never forget her and her big heart. Sending Sincere Sympathy. You will be deeply missed. R.I.P. Susie, Bob and family

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