Mary A. KaiserApr 7, 2013 Staff
Mary A. Kaiser died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Riverton. She was 105 years old.
A celebration of her life service is at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Davis Funeral Home in Rivrerton, with the Rev. Mark Thurman of the Riverton Methodist Church officiating.
A reception will follow at the Riverton Methodist Church, 1116 W. Park Ave.
Mary Ann Gaber was born April 14, 1907, in Rock Springs, the daughter of Lawrence and Mary (Tolar) Gaber. The family moved to Hudson in 1908. Her father died of tuberculosis in 1909, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Mrs. Kaiser attended school in Hudson through the 10th grade. She worked for room and board to attend her junior year in Lander, and then in 1924 completed her senior year in Laramie at the University of Wyoming. She continued to study at the University for her teaching certificate.
After teaching elementary school at Lyons Valley in Hudson from 1925-27, she returned to Laramie to graduate with a bachelor's degree in 1929. After this she taught high school in Mountain View (three years), Worland (two years), Thermopolis (five years) and retired from Casper after 10 years there.
Her family said she seemed to have a special relationship with her students and felt that by offering encouragement and praise she could help improve their lives.
As a collegiate, Mrs. Kaiser pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and had been a member for more than 75 years. She worked her way through college, and one of her more memorable times was working for a professor, Dr. Grace Raymond Herbard. Dr. Herbard was most noted for her contribution to recording the early history of Wyoming.
She married Curt Kaiser Sr. in 1954. They resided in Shoshoni for many years, where Mr. Kaiser owned a car dealership and service station and Mrs. Kaiser was a homemaker. After her husband's death in 1975, she spent her winters in Arizona and the warmer seasons in the Gaber family home in Hudson. She became one of the first residents in the Sertoma senior development and enjoyed living there until her late 90s when she moved to Homestead Senior Facility, and eventually moving to the Wind River Health Center.
Mrs. Kaiser was a member of the Riverton United Methodist Church.
Her family said she was a gifted gardener and had a beautiful yard and flower garden in both Hudson and Shoshoni for many years. She was an avid reader and continued to read her daily newspapers to keep up on current events. Mrs. Kaiser was a caring friend and neighbor. She was a caregiver to family members and friends who were elderly or in ill health. Even as a resident in both assisted living and nursing care, Mrs. Kaiser would visit other residents to offer a greeting in hopes of brightening their day. She continued to have a positive attitude and ready smile.
Mrs. Kaiser had a very full life. She loved the teaching profession, her family and her busy life with her husband and had the opportunity to travel with her friends. All who knew her will have fond memories of their time with her.
She is survived by her stepdaughter, Mary Lou Crow; grandchildren Becky Moeller and her husband Eric of Rock Springs, Vincent Crow and his wife Sara of Rock Springs, Russell Crow of Rock Springs, and Kristi Payne and her husband Robert of Livingston, Mont; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces Lois Anne Ecklund and her husband Ken of Atascadero, Calif., Barbara Chimento of Sacramento, Calif., Beatrice Merrick and her husband Charles of Tucson, Ariz., Judi Sandison of Casper, and Barbara Moore of New York; nephews Charles Conway and his wife Darlene, Edwin Conway of Los Angeles, and Ken Bird of Casper; and 10 great- and many great-great- nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1975; stepson Curt "Bud" Kaiser in 2004; her father in 1909; her mother in 1968; brothers William in 1914, Frank in 1955 and John Gaber in 1983; and sisters Francis Vujo in 1961 and Anne Conway in 1997.
The family extends special thanks to those who helped Mrs. Kaiser enjoy her later years in life: Donna Boyle, Jane Adamson, Helen Potts, Homestead Living, and Wind River Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
Memorials may be made to the Hudson Cemetery Fund, the Shoshoni Senior Citizens Center or a memorial fund at Wind River Healthcare in care of the Davis Funeral Home in Riverton.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton (www.thedavisfuneralhome.com).