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Florence "Kay" Troutman McEwen

July 7, 1929 - August 15, 2016

Burial Date: August 19, 2016

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Florence Kay Troutman

July 7, 1929 – August 15, 2016

Florence “Kay” Troutman, 87, of Sheridan, Wyoming, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

Kay was born in Kimberly, Idaho to Orlo Clair and Jessie Irene McEwen. Her early years were spent on several farms in the Hanson, Idaho area as her father was a tenant farmer.  She later graduated from Kimberly High.  Following high school, she helped care for her 6 younger siblings as well as working on local farms. Ironically, through her pen pal and future sister-in law Betty Porter, she met and later married her husband, Jess Troutman.  Following her marriage to Jess, in the home of her parents, they moved to the Troutman family ranch near Story, Wyoming where they raised their 5 children.

Kay raised a huge garden each year to feed her family. She was a master at canning.  In her spare time, she loved to quilt, make sock dolls, fruit cakes at Christmas and peanut butter Easter eggs which she gave to family and friends.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed the challenge of word search puzzles.  Over the years she massed an impressive collection of salt and pepper shakers from all over the world.

As their health began to fail they moved off the family ranch at Story and moved to Sheridan, WY where they lived out their lives together. They were married for nearly 55 years.

Kay touched the lives of many people with her ready smile and kind heart.

Preceding her in death were: her husband (Jess), son (James), her parents, grandparents, two brothers and one sister.  Surviving her are:  three daughters, Betty Seely of Sierra Vista, AZ, Susan Puliafico (Mike) of Billings, MT, Donna Richards (Les) of Sheridan and two sons:  John Troutman (Heidi) Marienthal, KS, Jesse “Charlie” Troutman (Bobbi) of Buffalo, WY.  Fifteen grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, two brothers, Donald McEwen of Twin Falls, ID, Gary McEwen (Beverly) of Kimberly, ID; and two sisters, Joy Bell (Preston) of Kimberly, Idaho and Lynn Smith (David) of Burley, ID.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sheridan Senior Center Help at Home Program, 211 Smith St., Sheridan, WY 82801.

A Viewing will be held August 18, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Champion Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held August 19, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Champion Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Sheridan Cemetery.