Florene Laverne Fenno, 1916-2007 | VailDaily.com

Florene Laverne Fenno, 1916-2007

Vail, CO Colorado

Florene Laverne Fenno, formerly of Edwards, died Dec. 12 in Lusk, Wyo. She was 91.

Florene was born Jan. 26, 1916 in Plainville, Kan. to William and Ruby Heiner. During her childhood the family moved to several different towns in Kansas. In 1926, the family located to Edwards. Florene graduated from high school in Fruitville, Colo.

On Nov. 9, 1936, she married Louis Charles Fenno in Grand Junction. The couple moved to the ranch on Squaw Creek in Edwards, where their three sons were born.

The Fennos moved to Eagle when the family ranching operation changed from cattle to sheep and Louis Fenno declared he wasn’t going to work on a sheep ranch. In 1953, Louis purchased the ranch from his sister and brother-in-law and went back to raising cattle.

In 1958, the Fennos moved back to Eagle. Louis Fenno died in 1968. In 1990 the Fenno ranch was sold and Florene moved to Fort Collins. In 2001, she moved to Lusk with her son, John, and his wife.

Florene spent her life a a loving homemaker and mother. She also painted and was an avid crafter. She belonged to the Rebekah Lodge in Eagle and was an active church member in every community where she lived ” the Community United Methodist Church in Eagle, the Lance Creek Community Church in Lance Creek, Wyo., and Crossroads Ministries in Lusk.

She is survived by her three sons and their families: John and Cookie Fenno of Lusk; Cliff and Nancy Fenno of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Louie and Barbara Fenno of Silt. She had seven grandchild, 11 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by her sister Velora Hall of Toppenish, Wash.

Florene was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Naomi Schlutter, Zella Hill and Marjorie Peach, and an infant brother, William Wesley Heiner.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. At the Everett Family Funeral Home in Gypsum. Pastor Davin Gleghorn of Fort Collins Cowboy Church will officiate. Burial will be at Sunset View Cemetery in Eagle.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Lusk Crossroad Ministries building fund at P.O. Box 503, Lusk, Wyo., 82225.

Support Local Journalism