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Carolyn Sand


Carolyn R. Sand, 84, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Care Center following a period of declining health.

Born February 12, 1932, in Thermopolis, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Anna (Fliehmann) Lesher. She graduated from Thermopolis High School.

On April 9, 1950, Carolyn married Arlyn Sand. To this union was born three children. The couple later divorced.

For most of Carolyn's life she was employed as a billing clerk for Rural Electric Association.

She was a member of the DOES and served as secretary/treasurer and president. For 27 years, she was the Sunday School Superintendent at First Baptist Church and served 35 years on the Christian Education Board. She served as chairman of the Board of Deaconess.

Passionate about music, she touched the lives of her community, playing organ for weddings, funerals and entertaining friends. For 28 years, she was church organist at First Baptist Church. An avid quilter, she gifted many babies with handmade quilts. While living at the Wyoming Pioneer Home she had her little "cottage industry" where she continued making and selling her quilts.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Rudy) Kowlok of Thermopolis; sons, Gordon (Katherine), Richmond of Texas and Gary of Golden Valley, Ariz .; brother, Richard (Barbara) Lesher of Malad City, Idaho; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; nephew, J.O. Lesher; and niece, Suzy Martin.

She is preceded in death by her parents; former husband; infant grandson, John Arlyn Sand; nephew Lloyd "Butch" Lesher; and nieces, Mary and Janice Lesher.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Risen Son Southern Baptist Church with Pastor Brian Johnson officiating. Burial will followed at Monument Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in Carolyn's name to TRCC, 1210 Canyon Hills Road, Thermopolis, WY 82443. Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online remembrances/condolences may be expressed at


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