Brenda Joy Wooley
It has been a long and glorious road home for Brenda Joy Wooley indeed. Her middle name was Joy, which was very fitting for her big brown eyes which were always joyful and happy. She was a wonderful wife, sister, aunt and friend. For 76 years she traveled this earth making friends everywhere she went. Born September 5, 1947 in Monroe, Wisconsin and lived most all her years in her beloved Rocky Mountains from Colorado to Canada. The Lord called her home on Saturday, October 14, 2023 after a long illness.
As a young girl, she and the family moved west to the Rocky Mountains in the late 1950's. While living near Evergreen, Colorado, Brenda met her live-long companion and love of her life, Ernie Wooley. They were united in marriage on February 11, 1966 and married 50 years when Ernie passed.
Brenda and Ernie first arrived in the Ranchester area in 1968 and eventually settled in Sheridan, Wyoming. They were owners of "Wash Yer Wooley's" Laundromat for many years.. She also owned Little Goose Creek Bookkeeping which helped many businesses in the area and included the John Wayne Cattle Company whom she worked for during her time in Colorado, and became life-long friends with.
Brenda's passion from the time she was a child was always her horses. Her younger years were spent riding and training them. Her other passion that she had a knack for, was designing and contracting the building of most of their homes along the way.
Brenda and Ernie were God-fearing folks, who extended themselves and always looked for ways to help others and spread the gospel. They were both members of the Cornerstone Church in Sheridan.
Brenda was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie, parents, Melvin and Lorraine Duerst. She is survived by siblings Colleen Duerst of Golden, CO, Brad (Susan) Duerst of Southlake, TX, Rob (Jane) Stuessy, Cyndy (Dave) Winders, and Melaine (Dan) Davidson all of Sheridan, Wy, and sister-in-laws Donna Hagin of Denver, CO and Betty Johnson of Albuquerque, NM, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery with Pastor Tony Forman officiating. A reception will follow immediately after at the Big Horn Women's Club 239 Creighton St., Big Horn, WY.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.