Mary Jill Daly 1950- 2021 Mary Jill Daly, age 71, passed away peacefully at her home in Laramie, WY on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 13, 2021, 2:00 p.m. at Laramie Church of Christ in Laramie, WY. Graveside services will be Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Gillette, WY.
Mary Jill Daly was born January 16,1950 in Gillette, Wyoming to James R. and Elizabeth Kerns Daly.
Jill spent her school years through 8th grade at Rawhide School, located near the Daly Ranch, where she and her brother, John, lived with their parents. Sister, Peggy, completed the family a few years later. Jill participated in 4-H, Job's Daughters, and was active in many clubs while attending Campbell County High School, graduating in 1968.
Jill continued her education at York College in York, NE and a cooking school in Ottumwa, IA. This training led her to a job in the food service department at a hospital in Des Moines, IA.
In 1972, Jill moved to Laramie, WY where she worked for food service with the University of Wyoming.
Jill was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1976 and went on home dialysis in 1980 as there were only a few hospital renal units in the state at that time. While on home dialysis, she wrote two cookbooks from favorite recipes of family and friends; donating all proceeds to the Kidney Foundation.
In 1988, Jill received the loving gift of a donor kidney which gave her freedom from the dialysis machine, allowing her to travel which she truly enjoyed. This also made visits with family and friends for holidays, celebrations, reunions, and retreats possible.
Jill was a longtime member of Laramie Church of Christ, P.E.O. Chapter AX, Albany County Cattlewomen, a frequent participant at the Epson Senior Center and volunteered at Ivinson Memorial Hospital. She was surrounded and loved by people from these organizations that were her Laramie "family". She also enjoyed taking photos, scrapbooking, cooking, reading, watching football, writing letters, sending cards for special occasions, visiting with friends and family, and always with an upbeat, positive attitude! Jill's greatest joy, however, was her family, especially her niece, nephews and their families!
Jill will be missed by her brother, John (Sandy) Daly, sister, Peg (Larry) Smith, nephews, Brent (Irene) Daly, Tad (Traci) Daly, Cameron (Nicole) Smith and Kellen (Kalle) Smith, all of Gillette, WY, Keaton Smith of Ft. Collins, CO and niece, Jamie (Albert) Lin of Oakland CA. In addition, she is fondly remembered by six great nieces, five great nephews, numerous cousins, two aunts and many friends. She was preceded in death by her
parents, infant brother, grandparents, James H. and Meta Daly, John and Harriet Kerns, aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Jill's memory to P.E.O. Chapter AX (directed for scholarships for women), Campbell County Rockpile Museum, or the donor's choice.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home, 2133 Rainbow Ave. Laramie, WY 82070
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Published by Laramie Boomerang from May 12 to May 13, 2021.