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Irma May McGuire

Irma May McGuire

Nov 2, 1911 - Oct 31, 2011
Irma May McGuire, 99, of rural Shoshoni died on Monday morning, October 31, 2011, at Riverton Memorial Hospital.

Memorial services are at 2 p.m., on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

Irma May Williams was born November 2, 1911 near Shoshoni to Lyle and Cora May (Murphy) Williams. She grew up and attended country school in the Shot Gun Butte area west of Pavillion. She finished her education in the Red Canyon School House.

She married Sam Hancock on December 11, 1926 in Lander. He preceded her in death on December 20, 1965. Together they ran the “Scarlett Hills” Ranch in the Red Canyon where she lived for 44 years.

She married Jerome “Jerry” McGuire on November 20, 1972, at the Lander Methodist Church. The couple lived in the Red Canyon area out of Lander before moving to the Riverton/Shoshoni area in 1978. Both Mr. and Mrs. McGuire loved Morgan horses and this led them to their business as Scarlett Hills Morgan Horses in Paradise Valley north of Riverton. They bred a top line of Morgan horses in the U.S., starting new blood lines for people throughout the nation.

Together they were members of the Morgan Horse Association and the Morgan Horse Trotters Association and he and his wife were able to attend the Kentucky Derby one year. He preceded her in death on April 30, 2010.

Her family said she was the first queen for the Lander Old Timers Rodeo in 1979. She went on to the National Competition in Las Vegas and was voted Ms. Congeniality.

They said she enjoyed riding and farming on horses. She was able to run horse drawn farming equipment and get the work done when tractors couldn’t. She also enjoyed needlepoint, embroidery, traveling and deep-sea fishing.

She is survived by her son, Bill Hancock and wife Ada of Pavillion; daughters, Patsy Hancock of Riverton and Edna Bringolf of Sand Draw; numerous grandchildren, great, and great great grandchildren; and sister, Wanda Lucas of Riverton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands; daughter, Arminta Roberts, two sons, Sam and John; sister, Rea Paxton; three brothers, Arthur, Kenneth, and Lyle Williams.

Memorials may be made to the Help for Health Hospice Home in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.