Hazel Virginia (Yount-Plenger) Carrell passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 18, 2022, her 94th birthday. A cremation has taken place at her request and no services are currently being held. Her ashes will be reunited with those of her husband Harold in Montana at a later date.
Born in 1928 in Thermopolis, WY, to Alma (Simpson) and Roy Yount, she was the 10th of 12 children. As an infant, her family moved to the Bull Mountains of Montana, where her father and brothers owned and operated a lumber mill. She attended Klein School and graduated in 1946.
On April 28, 1947, she married John Plenger of Roundup Montana and had four children: Connie, John, Elizabeth, and Patrick.
She married Harold W. Carrell on June 3, 1960. The family then moved to Worland, WY and later to the Salt Creek oil field near Edgerton, WY before finally settling in Casper, WY in 1972. Together they had two children, Tamie and Pamela.
Hazel was the heart and soul of her family. For many years, she hosted her family’s much-anticipated annual Thanksgiving dinner and made it look effortless, even as the number grew to dozens. Spreading her love and joy through her baking, she was known as the “Cookie Lady” as she baked every holiday she shared with her family, neighbors, friends, and the staff and patients at Rocky Mountain Oncology.
As technology advanced, Hazel did not. Her long handwritten letters and cards made immediate and extended family and friends feel valued, and they were. As a longtime member of the Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Choir, she believed that God respected you when you worked and loved you when you sang. A talented seamstress, she once again spread her love and joy by creating countless costumes and party dresses, often at the last minute requests of her children. Many of her grandchildren received large handmade Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Her love for her family was her most precious gift. We were blessed to call her mother, mother, grandmother, aunt, mentor and friend.
Survivors include their son John Plenger (Katherine) of The Woodlands, TX; daughters Connie Wagner (Chuck Mueller) and Pamela Carrell McCurdy (Guy), both from Casper, Elizabeth Vernetti (Anthony) from Timnath, CO and Tamie Jackson (Pat Lavars) from Gardnerville, NV; her sister-in-law Leta Ihde of Worland, WY; 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren and their dear nieces and nephews.
Her parents preceded her in death; seven brothers: Bud, Jim, Bill, Ralph, Bert, Bobby and Calvin; four sisters: Alice, Margaret, Ethel and Helen; first husband, John; son dr Patrick Plenger and daughter-in-law Dorothy Plenger; Son-in-law Edward Wagner and daughter-in-law Barbara Plenger.
Memorials to the ALS Association on her behalf in honor of her son Patrick would be appreciated by her family.
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