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Beth Legg


Beth Legg, 52, of Worland, Wyo., passed away April 30, 2018.

Beth was born May 24, 1965, to James Legg and Ann (Miller) Legg in Vermillion, S. D. She spent her summers in Bartlesville, Okla., with her beloved Grandma Dorothy and Grandpa Rip where she developed a love of roses, cooking, and laughter. Bethy shared her grandma's compassion for those who are hurt, poor, and forgotten. She earned a degree in special education from the University of Wyoming, and she spent many years teaching in Wyoming. She believed strongly in being a teacher and friend to her kids, and she happily gave her time to many who "nobody else wanted." Bethy also spent many years volunteering her time as a youth counselor and mentor with the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming. She met many kids over many years that remained her friends. When looking back over her time, Bethy wrote "Do something small today, tomorrow, and the rest of your life to bring a smile to someone's face, joy to their heart, and kindness to their soul. Love is abundant."

On July 21, 2010, she married Gerald Dewey. They made their home in Worland where they could be always be found laughing and teasing one another. Beth happily became a proud part of Gerald's family, and she was grateful for the kindness shown to her by Jim and Geri, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Casper, in her final months. In her last days, she was cared for and surrounded by her husband, Gerald, and her loving family and friends, including her two nephews, Tigger and Eli, her "beautiful boys."

Bethy was a wife, sister, aunt, teacher, gardener, vestry member, maker of cookies, artist, writer, storyteller, joke collector, advocate, counselor, and comforter. She was a gentle soul who often said love isn't love unless it's given. She gave so much love to so many during her life. She was sustained by her faith in God's promise. In her last moments, she asked her brother to recite a birthday prayer for her, knowing in her beautiful heart the peace that passeth all understanding would abide all her days. Like her father, Bethy believed the best way to honor the dead was to take care of the living.

Beth is survived by her husband, Gerald Dewey, of Worland; mother, Ann Legg of Worland; sister, Amy (Scott) Legg-Rogers of Windsor, Colo .; brother, James R. (Shana) Legg, III of Sioux Falls; nephews, Tigger (James IV) and Eli; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, students, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, James.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Thermopolis on Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m.

The family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


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