Phoebe M. Trimmer

Nov 18, 2012 Staff

Phoebe Miriam (Morgan) Trimmer, formerly of Lander, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Sheridan Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was 90 years old.

Services will be at 10 a.m. May 25 in Worland. More details will be announced at a later date.

Phoebe Miriam Trimmer was born May 23, 1922, in Worland, the daughter of Helen (Richards) and Noel Gabbert Morgan.

She was the proud granddaughter of early Big Horn Basin pioneers, Phoebe Belle and Oyer Clark Morgan, who homesteaded on Nowood Creek in 1887.

She graduated from Worland High School in 1940. At 18, she moved to Denver and graduated from Denver University in 1944.

Although thoroughly a Wyoming girl, her family said she loved the friendships and excitement a city offered, and she especially loved the Denver symphony.

She also acquired a lifelong interest in astronomy.

In Denver, she met her husband, Orrel James Trimmer Jr. They married Oct. 23, 1947.

Mr. Trimmer also was from Wyoming, and they moved to Lander as newlyweds. In Lander, they raised their family of two boys and two girls.

Her family said she loved being a mom, and she put her energy into 4-H, piano lessons, camping trips, community concerts and school activities.

During this period of her life, she taught first grade at South Side Elementary School. She often said those years were the happiest of her life.

In the late 1970s, Mrs. Trimmer moved back to Denver. She began her own business, a secretarial service.

She also lavished her love and loyalty on grandchildren and her good friends.

In 2005, she went to Sheridan to live the last decade of her life.

Her family said she was loving and loyal and stubbornly independent; she loved music and the stars, but most of all she loved her family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Edie Trimmer (Thomas Brill), Ed Trimmer (Linda Trimmer), Janie Trimmer and Roy Trimmer; brother Oyer C. Morgan; sisters-in-law Mary Kay Morgan, Betty Trimmer and Bonnie Trimmer; brothers-in-law Paul Hixenbaugh and Richard Vogel; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in Mrs. Trimmer's memory to the Make a Wish Foundation, the Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Sandy or the charity of the donor's choice.

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