Mary Etta Schrader, 62, of Casper, Wyoming, passed away peacefully on September 20th, 2021, with her loving family by her side.
She was born in 1958 to the late Jesse “Ike” and Patricia Denny of Benkelman, Nebraska. Mary Etta graduated from Benkelman High School in 1977 and received a BA in Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1981.
She married Jim Schrader in 1982, and they lived together in Benkelman, Nebraska for 18 yrs before relocating to Casper, Wyoming. In 1987 Jim and Mary Etta welcomed their son Eric. Mary Etta is survived by her husband Jim of Casper, Wyoming, son Eric of Parker, Colorado, and favorite Granddog Bronco.
Mary Etta was an accomplished Rangeland Management Specialist for NRCS/USDA. In her later years she became the Assistant State Conservationists for NRCS in the State of Wyoming before enjoying retirement. Mary Etta also enjoyed working part-time for Liberty Tax after she retired doing many office duties and helping customers. Mary Etta spent most of her spare time gardening, keeping up her flower beds, and gold prospecting with her husband Jim throughout Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska. Mary Etta and Jim were able to take a summer long trip to Tok, Alaska in 2019 to prospect for gold and do one of Mary’s other hobbies of photography.
Mary enjoyed sightseeing throughout Wyoming and Montana taking photos and viewing wildlife. While visiting Yellowstone one summer with her sister Penny and son Eric, Mary Etta was out taking pictures of the buffalo and ended up running with the herd. Yes, she got the photo! We will miss the yearly Christmas scuffles, cherry pie, and other baked goodies Mary Etta was known for.
In her younger years, Mary Etta was the go-to Aunt for all her nieces and nephews when they received toys that needed to be put together and add all the stickers. She also enjoyed playing HORSE with them. In her High School years, she was one heck of a softball catcher and athlete.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home in Casper, Wyoming on September 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM. At a later date a celebration of life ceremony will be held in her hometown of Benkelman, Nebraska. Those details will be announced when available.
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