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Dyllis Mae Gose
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Dyllis Mae Gose, age 97, passed away Jan. 13, 2018 at Westward Heights under hospice care with family present. Dyllis was born Oct. 9, 1920, in Sundance, WY, to Mabel (Harvey) Wakefield and Bert Wakefield. She was the oldest of three children. Along with younger brother Harvey Sutton and sister Delcie, she grew up hardscrabble in a large extended family on several family homesteads between Upton and Sundance. When she was about five, her parents divorced. Dyllis and her siblings were raised mostly by a grandmother while their mother did the ranch work. Dyllis often missed school because she was needed for work, snowed in, or ill. As early as six years old, she would be sent to cook and clean for relatives. Dyllis could garden, can, sew, cook, milk, break horses, ride for cattle, drive teams, plant, and hay.
She graduated from Sundance High School where she met Neil Gose from a neighboring ranch family. Neil went to UW to major in Mechanical Engineering and she followed, completing her Cosmetology training in Laramie. The war cut short Neil’s UW years. Dyllis and Neil went back to work on the family ranches. They eloped in 1944 and had daughters Valerie Adele born in Gillette, 1945, and Dulcinda Ann in Belle Fourche, 1950.
In 1955, Dyllis and Neil left ranching and moved around with road construction which was booming in the west. Construction brought their first cash wages and relief from unmechanized ranching in Wyoming winters. After living 5 years in 5 states and 15 towns, they missed Wyoming and moved to Lander in 1960 with the mine.
Wherever they lived, Dyllis worked part time in beauty shops. She always had a large garden and was known for her cooking. Cooking for all the relatives in hunting camp was one of her favorite things. Nearly every weekend of their married life when they were able bodied, Dyllis and Neil shared the same love of getting away from civilization by car, on foot, or horseback into remote areas. They were avid rock hunters and loved to show out of state friends special places their friends would never have found on their own. They took great joy in finding a rare rock, an old stage stop or teepee ring, wildlife or wide-open scenery.
Dyllis and Neil were perfectly suited to rough life in Wyoming. They loved everything old and hand made. Dyllis was interested in growing vegetables from ancient seeds, locating disappearing types of apples trees, finding rare berry patches, trying very old recipes. She could dress out a deer with flint tools, make jerky, and tan hides the old way. She was a good potter, tole painter, and seamstress. She grew up poor, went through the drought, depression, the war, and the winter of ‘49, but never sought out many luxuries or pretended to be something she wasn’t.
She was preceded in death by her husband Neil, her daughter Valerie, and her brother.
She is survived by her sister Delcie Materi of Newcastle; her daughter Dulcinda (John) Schumacher of Lander; granddaughters Natalie Basolo, Laramie, Marni (Jim) Edmiston, Billings, and Paige (Tony) Chytka, Belle Fourche; two great grandchildren, Tucker and Haley Chytka; nephew Dr. Lon Wakefield, Santa Rosa, CA; niece Sharon Materi-Huber, Newcastle, WY; and several first cousins.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a small memorial service in Lander at a later date and a service in June 2018 in the Black Hills with ashes placed in the Upton cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either Westward Heights Nursing Home, 150 Caring Way, Lander, or Frontier Home Health and Hospice, 230 N. 1st Street, Lander.


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