Helen Lehner 1928-2016t
A memorial service will be held for Helen Lee (Thornton) Lehner, 88, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Community Baptist Church in Glenrock, with Pastor Rick Bishop officiating. Inurnment will be in the Glenrock Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Glenrock Senior Citizens’ Center, 615 West Deer Street.
Helen Lee Lehner was born at home in Glenrock on Jan. 20, 1928, the third of four daughters to Harold “Skinny” and Gladys (Fenex) Thornton.
She died on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. at Central Wyoming Hospice Home in Casper, Wyoming.
She was raised in Glenrock and graduated from Glenrock-Parkerton High School in 1946. She briefly attended the University of Wyoming before accepting a wedding ring from her sweetheart Michael Vonn “Mick” Lehner. They were married in Glenrock on June 29, 1947, and danced gracefully through the next 68 years until Mick’s passing on Dec. 28, 2015.
Her life was centered around her large family and many friends. She was an active and generous member of her church and community.
Helen Lee enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, shopping and planning, hosting and cooking for holidays and family gatherings. We had many holiday and picnic visitors over the years and Helen Lee welcomed them all! One of her favorite and very notable pleasures was dancing with her favorite partner, Mick, at the many social functions they attended over the years! She and Mick also enjoyed traveling with friends to many Shriner’s events through the years. The two of them also had many adventures taking snowmobiling trips around the state.
Despite battling many health issues in her later years, Helen Lee remained a vibrant part of the lives of dear friends and extended family alike. She kept in touch regularly with many former residents of Glenrock, and if a family member needed an address or phone number Helen Lee was the one to call! She possessed a gift for making each individual person she knew feel special.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Mick; two sisters Alice Ann and husband John McLeod and Lois Mae and husband Charles McQueary; son Mick on Feb. 21, 2013; grandson Ryan Lehner; and great-granddaughter Alexandra Lehner.
She is survived by her sister Janice Pope; son Tony (Carolyn) Lehner; daughter Tamara Lehner; daughter- in-law Ann Lehner; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Her passion for getting family and friends together and providing them an opportunity to slow down and take some time away from their worries will be a loss for her family and her community. One thing we know for certain is that Helen Lee and Mick are once again dancing gracefully to some smooth jazz music!
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be all of her family and many friends.
A memorial to the Community Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1355, Glenrock, WY 82637 or to the Glenrock Senior Citizens’ Center, P.O. Box 783, Glenrock, WY 82637 would be appreciated by the family.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com