Anna L. Talbott

Feb 24, 2013 Staff

Anna L. Talbott, of Riverton, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. She was 78 years old.

According to her wishes, cremation has taken place, and a celebration of life will be in the summer.

Anna Louise Avis was born Oct. 17, 1934, in Taylorville, Ill., the daughter of Orville Rossiter Avis and Jesse (Hill) Avis. Her father was in the pipeline business and she, her mother, and two sisters traveled with him throughout the country and lived in numerous communities in West Virginia, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Wyoming. She once changed schools six times in one year before arriving in Powell in the eighth grade and finally planting roots.

Even though she attended numerous grade schools throughout her life, she was an excellent student and graduated fourth in her class from Powell High School. She also was a member of the honor society.

She married Gerald Everett (Mike) Talbott on May 3, 1952, in Powell.

Mrs. Talbott devoted her life to her home and her family. Her husband's work took her to numerous towns in Wyoming, and she was employed in several of those communities. She worked several years in the Powell school system, and also while in Powell, she ran the home pig farm, sheep ranch, chicken farm, vegetable farm and the last chance ranch for bum lambs and calves. She spent several years at the Meeteetse Mercantile, the Yellow Store in Rock Springs, and the school system in Green River.

Mrs. Talbott was active throughout her life supporting her husband and three sons in athletics, school activities and work pursuits. Few people who knew her could name someone who was more active and involved in the community.

Her family said she was an accomplished artist, although being the perfectionist she was, she seldom shared her artwork outside of the family. A lover of Wyoming landscapes, she loved to sketch and paint the basins, deserts and sunsets that comprise Wyoming's open spaces. She also had a love of Southwestern art and her husband's cabinet making. Throughout her life she readily collected and displayed the artistic efforts of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Mike (Gerald E.) Talbott of Riverton; sons Mike of Riverton, Pat and his wife Sandy of Ranchita, Calif., and John of Lebanon, Ore.; sisters Norma Larsen of Powell and Mamie Collins of Soledad, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jesse Avis, and father, Orville Avis.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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