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MARILYN MINTER Marilyn J. Minter, 79, of Cody, WY, died Saturday February 25, 2012 at home surrounded by family. An avid horsewoman, she loved Cody, especially the Southfork. Her appreciation for this area began after a 1956 family vacation to the Majo Ranch. Marilyn Jacobs Minter was born in Lansdale, the oldest of two daughters, to Dr. John and Alice Jacobs. She attended the former Lansdale High School and then went on to Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY with a focus in nursing and business. She was later a receptionist in her father's medical clinic. In 1958, she married James B. Minter in Lansdale. Marilyn knew she wanted to return to the Cody area. Fulfilling this, she and James moved with their family to Cody, WY in 1963. They purchased the Sunset Motel (now the Best Western Sunset Motor Inn). In 1971, the Minters purchased the Mariposa ranch on Ishawooa Creek on the Southfork, where they raised Simmental cattle and registered Quarter Horses. It was here that Marilyn found her most joy. She loved the ranching life, the outdoors, gardening, and riding horses in the mountains. She participated in overseeing the young foals' training and enjoyed traveling with her friends and family to horse shows, cutting and dressage events. Marilyn Minter is survived by daughters, Marybeth Minter, DVM, of Jackson, WY, and Suzi (Mark) Dunning of Encampment, WY; her granddaughter, Madison Sage Dunning of Encampment, WY; her sister Sarah Byrne of Ambler; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, John Carl and her husband, James Minter. A Memorial service and celebration will be held later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and/or Spirit Mountain Hospice of Cody, WY.

Published in The Reporter on Feb. 29, 2012
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