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Thelma J. Ealy

Visitation for Thelma J. (Cure) Ealy, age 72, of Gillette, Wyoming, was Friday, March 18, 2022 at Gillette Memorial Chapel. Thelma passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on March 12, 2022.

Thelma was born in Sundance, Wyoming, to Leroy "Bud" and Marian (Sapp) Cure. She was raised and educated in Sundance. After graduating high school, she received a degree from Eastern Montana State.

On October 16, 1971, Thelma married Butch Ealy in Sundance. The couple then made their home in Gillette.

Thelma worked at the Rec. Center daycare and then at Welding Inc., until she found her life-long job with Equipment Maintenance Service. She retired from the EMS/Sulzer in 2015, finishing her 30+ year career.

Thelma deeply enjoyed the outdoors; camping at Keyhole and, more recently, Cook Lake. She had a green thumb and loved gardening; some years the garden was rather large.

One of Thelma's passions was crafting with her friends. She especially liked to create greeting cards and misc. stamping projects.

She looked forward to her Friday lunches with her and Butch's friends. Thelma was very active, energic and social; she loved dancing with Butch and Friday afternoon meetings with her co-workers for drinks. She easily picked up horseshoes, earning second place in the Wyoming State horseshoes tournament, and for three years she held the title of President of the Fireside Horseshoe Club.

The very heartbeat of her life was her family. She was a proud, hard-working woman.

It was difficult for her to let other people take care of her, for her life revolved around taking care everyone else. She loved hosting at her house while making sure everyone was enjoying themselves.

Thelma will be remembered best for her likable personality and sincere relationships; labeling her the best wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by her husband, Butch; three sons, Monte (LaTisha) Ealy, Corey (Shelly) Ealy, Kenneth Ealy; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Bud and Marian Cure; her brother, Bill; sister, Shirley; and grandson, Marshall Ealy.

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