1933 - December 22, 2010
Claudia Ivah Ellis Herold died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. She was 77.
Claudia was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Craig, the daughter of Russel Ellis and Zelma (Zimmerman) Ellis. Claudia graduated as valedictorian of her class at Baggs (Wyo.) High School in 1952.
On June 15, 1952, Claudia married Alan Herold, of Baggs, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. In January 1953, the couple joined a delegation from the University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture to set up an agricultural program in Kabul, Afghanistan.
While in Kabul, the couple saw the births of their three children, Alan, Susan and John. Upon their return to the United States in 1957, two more daughters, Bonnie and Patricia, were born in Craig. The family resided in Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyo., while raising their children.
Claudia was an avid gardener, both floral and vegetable, while instructing her daughters on home beautification and food preservation for the family. She was a gifted seamstress, passing on these traits to her daughters. Her children were active in the 4-H and FFA programs, receiving many honors and degrees.
Claudia was involved in the 4-H and FFA programs at the county and state levels while serving as the head chaperone at the Wyoming State Fair. She was a member of the homemaker’s club and community club leader for many years.
Following her divorce in 1977, Claudia returned to school at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., receiving her associate’s degree in 1979 with a 3.66 grade point average. Claudia then continued her education at the University of Wyoming and received her bachelor’s degree in social work in 1981. Upon her graduation, Claudia worked for the State of Wyoming in Cheyenne and Riverton.
In 1983, Claudia returned to Craig and worked at Correctional Alternative Placement Services.
Claudia continued her love of gardening and was proud to be chosen as “Yard of the Week.”
She was willing to share her knowledge and plants with others in her neighborhood. Claudia was a gifted artisan in many other areas, including watercolors, photography, drawing, flower arrangement, drying and potpourri.
Claudia was a strong advocate to her children and grandchildren letting them know that, “You can achieve anything you set your mind to.” She instilled a strong sense of worth and independence to her family. When looking for volunteers or committee members, she was one of the first to raise her hand.
Survivors include her son, Alan Herold, and his wife Jasmine, and their children Shaundra, Shayla and Alexander, of Craig and Fort Collins; daughter Susan Erikson, of Craig, children Tamra and husband Dave Grzebyk and their children, Evie and Cohen, of Firestone; Kayla and her husband Stephen Ridgeway and their children, Jayda, Stormy Joshua, Dantae and Keyton, of Craig; son John Herold, of Baggs, Wyo.; daughter Bonnie Liakos, of Mansfield, Texas, and her children Kara and Russell; daughter Patty Waldron and her husband, Pat, of Baggs, Wyo., children Nikkole and her husband, Jason Maxson and their children, Seth and Jori, of Savery, Wyo.; Chad Waldron and his daughter Sloane, of Rock Springs, Wyo.; Ira Waldron of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; sister Rusty and husband Tom Cobb, of Savery, Wyo.; brother Dale Ellis, of Baggs, Wyo.; sister Marilyn Gilroy, of Baggs, Wyo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Claudia was preceded in death by her parents; brother (Donald) Donnie Ellis; and son-in-law Bill Liakos.
A celebration of life took place Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Dixon Wyo.
Cremation has taken place with a memorial service to be held next summer.
Memorial donations may be made to the Assisted Living Facility c/o PO Box 416 Baggs, Wyo., 82321.