Elizabeth "Miff" Koltiska

Elizabeth "Miff" Koltiska

March 6, 1959 - February 11, 2024
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A blazing light in so many of our lives was extinguished on February 11, 2024, when Elizabeth “Miff” Koltiska died. Her beloved husband, Mark, was by her side.

Born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on March 6, 1959, to Chick and Frickie Galey, Miff and her brother, Frank, were raised at the family’s place in Big Horn. There, she spent most of her time on horseback and, in the summer, irrigating the hayfields. After graduating from Big Horn High School, Miff attended Eastern Wyoming Community College on a basketball scholarship and received her Associate degree in Applied Science. In 1980, she went to Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, on a rodeo scholarship. There, she competed on the rodeo team as a goat tyer, breakaway, and team roper, notching second in the 1980 National College Rodeo in goat tying. Miff graduated in 1981 with her Bachelor of Science degree.

Not long after returning to Sheridan from college, Miff met Mark Koltiska at a party. Mark was immediately interested, but Miff made him work for her time. Appreciating a challenge, Mark went to Colorado, where she was working with racehorses, and enticed her to return home.

After dating for a few years, Miff and Mark set a date for their wedding – April 28, 1984. Anyone alive in Sheridan County at that time knows that April 26 and 27 brought the legendary blizzard that buried the area in multiple feet of snow drifts. Not to be outdone by Mother Nature, Mark and an army of snowmobiles and tractors dug out the Koltiska place on Cat Creek and the Galey’s drive so the families could make it to St. Peter’s for the wedding that wouldn’t be postponed. The event was dubbed by her dad as “The Bride Wore Snowshoes,” and Miff became a Koltiska that day. Though they couldn’t have had more different interests (horsepower for Mark and horses for Miff), they shared an unshakeable bond of love, respect, and laughter that got them through nearly 40 years of marriage.

Seemingly born in the saddle, Miff was the best friend a horse or person could have. She would do anything for anyone, no questions asked. The definition of a ‘top hand,’ Miff was always the first call for anyone needing help gathering, vaccinating, branding, doctoring, shipping, and all other activities bovine and equine. She’s also been a generous source of information and advice for those who have little to no experience with either.

If she wasn’t riding one of her favorite horses across the thousands of acres surrounding their place, Miff was in the Big Horn Mountains. To experience the mountains with Miff was to see her reverence and appreciation for the natural world as if she were seeing it for the first time, every time. No matter the weather, the mosquitos, or the dust, Miff was always excited and happy to be there with her people, marveling at the spectacular vistas. Whether it was one of Mark and Miff’s myriad trips to Kearny Lake via 4-wheeler, on horseback to Willow Park, camping with the Billings crew by Little Goose Creek, outfishing everyone, or hunting wild mushrooms, she was in her element and soaking up every second.

Miff’s joy for life was infectious, and her love for her friends and family was all-encompassing. Known as “Work Mom” and “Mama Bear” by her many fans, Miff’s sense of humor, blinding smile, and patient kindness were her trademarks. Though she has left us behind, we take comfort in knowing she’s been reunited with her parents, her favorite horses, Killer and Henry, and her adored dogs.

Miff is survived by her treasured husband, Mark, her brother, Frank Galey (Donna) of Big Horn, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to The Hub on Smith.

A celebration of life will be held for Miff on March 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.

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March 10, 2024
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A Celebration Of Life Reception Open House will be held at the Fairgrounds Sunday, March 10, 2024 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm,


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