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Lois Quintana


Lois Jean (Collins) Quintana, 72, passed away on September 9, 2016.

Lois, the youngest daughter of Noel and Mildred Collins, arrived two months early on October 17, 1943, in Worland, Wyo. She had a strong will to live and that strength followed her throughout her life.

Lois grew up in Thermopolis, Wyo., with her older sister Linda and younger brother, Jerry. She graduated from Thermopolis High School in 1961. She often reminisced about her job at the local drug store and at KTHE, the local radio station.

Lois married James (Jim) Quintana on March 26, 1965. They had two sons, Louis and Robert. Lois loved staying at home with her boys while they were growing up and supported them in their many activities and sports.

The family moved to Riverton, Wyo., in 1984. When her boys were older, Lois was able to pursue her dream of going to college. She graduated with her associate's degree from Central Wyoming College in 1992. She then worked for First Interstate Bank in Riverton.

In 1996, Jim's job took them to Powell, Wyo. Lois enjoyed staying home once again and enjoyed making crafts, especially with stamps. Lois had an enormous stamp collection and she made beautiful handmade cards for her neighbors, family, and friends. She especially loved making them for her grandchildren.

Due to health reasons, Jim and Lois moved to Gillette, Wyo., in 2007 to be closer to family. Lois enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and was an avid reader. Lois loved Jesus Christ, her family, and George Strait. One of her most memorable experiences was going to one of his concerts.

She is survived by her sons, Robert (Jaime) Quintana of Gillette, Wyo., and Louie (Michelle) Quintana of Benicia, Calif.; grandchildren, Shelby, Ryan, and Kimberly; sister, Linda Free of Thermopolis, Wyo.; and brother, Jerry (Beverly) Collins of Miles City, Mont.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Noel and Mildred (Purvis) Collins; and her husband, James Quintana.

Per her wishes, Lois' ashes will be scattered with her husband's at a later date.


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