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Carol Peterson-Spitler


January 14, 2021

Carol Peterson-Spitler

Former resident, Carol Peterson-Spitler, 87, passed away at her home in Powell, WYyo. Saturday, January 9, 2021, after a recent illness.

Born July 28, 1933, in Greybull, Wyo., she was one of four children of Chuck and Ardella (Robison) Negro. 

In 1953 she married John R. Peterson in Lovell, Wyo. To this union was born two children, Richard and Tracy. The couple moved to Thermopolis in the 1960's where Carol was employed by IGA, JC Penny and H.S. County School District #1. John died in 1993. In February 1994 she married Jim Spitler in Las Vegas where they remained until Jim's death in 2006. Carol moved to Powell in 2018.

A member of JC Janes, VFW Auxiliary, Petroleum Wives and several Bridge clubs, she was a Master Bridge player, enjoyed pinochle, Bingo and Las Vegas was her town!

She is survived by her children, Richard (Grace) Peterson and Tracy Matthews, all of Powell; stepson, Chris Spitler of Colon, Mich .; brothers, Bob (Carol) Negro of Sheridan, Don Negro of Texas; sister, Donna Sessions of Casper; and grandchildren, Jennifer Carol (Will) Peterson Wright, John Peterson and Randy Matthews.. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and both husbands, John of 40 years and Jim of 12 years.

Private graveside services were held January 13 at Monument Hill Cemetery where she was interred next to her first husband, John.

Donations may be made to Diabetes and Cancer organizations or to animal causes as Carol loved animals and donated to such.

Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Online messages may be offered at


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