Mary Ann Stapelman, 81, of Mills Wyoming, passed away Monday, October 4, 2021 after a lengthy illness.
Mary Ann was born March 9, 1940 to parents Joe and Pauline Freed of Watford City, North Dakota. She was the 3rd of 8 children and the oldest daughter. She attended school in Watford City until she left home to take a job in Glendive, Montana.
After returning to the family home she worked as a waitress at Mabel’s Café where she met Jack P. Elliott. They married August 1, 1957 in Wibaux Montana with Mary Ann’s aunt and uncle, Maxine and Frank Freidt, in attendance.
Jack was an oilfield truck driver and they followed the oilfield activity through Montana, Wyoming and Colorado before spending 5 years in Big Piney Wyoming and finally putting down roots when Roden Drilling transferred the family to Casper Wyoming in 1968. They raised a daughter Jackie and a son Fredie at their home in Mills Wyoming. Both children attended various schools in Mills and Casper before graduating from Natrona County High School.
After Jack’s death in 1977 Mary Ann worked at several Casper cafes and restaurants as a waitress. While working with the public she met Dennis Stapelman of Mills and they later married. They made their home in Mills Wyoming where they ran a small trucking company and ran over-the-road coast to coast.
After Mary Ann and Dennis divorced, Mary Ann spent 9 years working for George at the Western Grill Restaurant as a food waitress before moving to the Ghost Town Truck Stop Café. Mary Ann retired from the Ghost Town after more than 13 years of providing the best service in Casper.
Mary Ann was an avid fisherwoman. On her time off, she could be found at Alcova with a fishing pole in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. She always had trout in the freezer.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband Jack, son Fredie Elliott, both parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. She is survived by her daughter Jackie Walthers(Jerry) of Mills, grandson Shane Walthers (Texas), Justin Walthers (New Mexico) and Jesse Walthers (Rawlins), great grandson Sooner Johnson(Oklahoma), sister Winnie Schultze(Tennessee), stepdaughter Kelly Reyes(Gabe) of Mills and best friend and ‘other’ daughter Melody Evans(Dana) of Laramie.
A celebration of Life with be held Thursday, October 14 at 3 pm in the back hall of the local Casper Eagles Aerie located at 306 N. Durbin in Casper.
Mary Ann will be laid to rest beside her late husband Jack at Memorial Gardens at a date be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made the American Cancer Society or Rocky Mountain Oncology of Casper in Mary Ann’s name.
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