NLJ Staff


Dec. 24, 1941–March 20, 2020

Lifelong Newcastle resident Carol Yvonne (Pollat) Cullum passed away at her home on March 20, 2020. She was strong and brave throughout her battle with chronic illnesses and is now finally at peace.

Carol is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Virgil Cullum; four daughters, Yvonne (Ray Warren), Shelley (Mike Ricker), Lori (Scott Bowdler) and Suzanne (James Burrough). Carol was a loving grandmother to Matt and Garrett Bradford, Anna Bowdler, Hannah, Patrick, and Jason Burrough, and great-grandmother to Brooklyn, Jameson, and Charlie Burrough.

Carol was the youngest child of Frank and Anna Pollat. Carol was the youngest child of Frank and Anna Pollat. She was born on Dec. 24, 1941. As a young girl she was raised on the family ranch in the Clareton area. She grew up surrounded by the love of her parents, her brothers, Melvin, Lavern, Max, Wayne, Paul, and Dean, and her two sisters, Helen and Rose. Being the baby of the family meant she was close in age to many of her nieces and nephews. She shared many a happy story of helping take care of the youngest ones and the fun times she had with the ones closest to her age. Carol loved being an aunt and leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

While attending Newcastle High School and car hopping at a local drive-in, Carol met Virgil Cullum. Marriage, graduation and four babies happened quickly. She loved being a mother and it showed in her everyday actions. Carol was an excellent seamstress and her daughters had homemade outfits for many a holiday. She made homemade meals and baked bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies, pies and cakes. She read aloud to her daughters every night and got through all of the Nancy Drew mysteries. She sang good night songs, was a Girl Scout leader, and was never too tired to show and teach her daughters how to do household chores or listen and spend time with them. She was a mom who loved to have fun with her daughters and their friends. Whatever shift Virgil worked, she made sure he had a thermos full of coffee and a lunch that would keep him full, even if it meant she got up at 4 a.m. Like many women of her time, she ran the house and he earned the money.

Once her daughters were older, Carol began working outside of the home. She worked as a clerk at JC Penney, sold Sarah Coventry jewelry, was a Jafra consultant and even started her own company, “Earth Wraps.” She and Virg were determined their children would be college educated. Carol figured out how to navigate the applications, scholarships, and loans and helped all four daughters get admitted to and graduate from the University of Wyoming.

Carol was a woman of many talents. She played accordion, was an accomplished water color artist, made quilts, canned, and completed numerous other craft projects throughout the years. She loved playing cards with friends, going to yard sales, visiting Deadwood occasionally and camping. Traveling was okay as long as she wasn’t away from home too long.

Throughout Carol’s life she practiced kindness and showed compassion and generosity to everyone. She gave home permanents, helped with laundry, ran errands, cared for her mother and older siblings, would fix a meal for anyone who happened to stop by at dinner time, and welcomed everyone into her home. She made donations to the B.R.E.A.D office and delivered groceries when she could to anyone who she thought might need a hand. Carol loved animals and always had a stray cat that seemed to “adopt” her.

Her kind and loving spirit made a difference to all who were fortunate enough to to know her. 

In honor of her memory, please consider a donation to Weston County Senior Services, the senior citizen center in Newcastle, at 627 Pine Street, Newcastle, WY 82701. 

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a future date.


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