NLJ Staff

Jan. 20, 1935–Jan. 14, 2023

Wanda Lucille Foote, 87, passed away, at the long-term care unit in Sundance, Wyo., Jan. 14, 2023, just seven days before her 88th birthday; her sweet body was just plum wore out.

Wanda was born Jan. 20, 1935, to Earl and Beulah Moore, in Guernsey, Wyo. She was one of three children. She loved growing up in the Guernsey area, and absolutely loved becoming an aunt. Her nieces and nephews adore her and sing her praises whenever they talk of her. She is lovingly called Auntie Wanda to this day.

She met and fell in love with Rodney Lloyd Foote, and they got married June 4, 1955. Please note, not all of this happened on the same day. To this union they added Peggy, Cindy and last but not least Roger, who came along and surprised them almost a decade after Cindy.

Wanda, had a green thumb and she loved to garden. She also loved to cook, and that came in handy when her husband Rodney went to work on the ranch. When word got out that she was cooking, people showed up just to get a taste of her cooking, and a piece of her famous pies.

She was sweet, kind, and she would crochet beautiful things for you, but if you ever crossed one of her loved ones, she could give you an earful! She was known to have taken the National Guard on a time or two when their war games got a little too close for comfort on the ranch.

She became a grandma to Melissa in 1979, and she loved being a grandma. When her son saw how good of a grandma she was, he thought his mom needed a few more grandchildren. So, starting in 1997, and ending in 2018, Roger and his wife Tanya-Marie blessed Wanda with 10 more grandbabies. Now, even though Wanda was surprised with each birth announcement, she loved each and every one of the new little ones and would grab Peggy for a road trip just to see the new little one. She got to see new country when she visited her son, from Idaho to New Mexico, Grandma Foote was sure to be there. And all of her grandchildren loved her. In 1998, Melissa made Wanda a great-grandma. Now Wanda’s grandson Rodney and his new wife will add one more to the number of her great-grandchildren, this coming June. 

After her husband passed away in 1994, Wanda retired from ranch work and moved to Lusk. That is where she perfected her puzzle and gaming skills. She loved Bingo and wouldn’t miss it for anything. She loved playing cards and Dominoes and would take on her grandkids whenever possible.

She decided that her son was too far away, so she moved to Newcastle so she could see her son and grandkids more often. Unfortunately, after a few years she had a mini stroke and at the same time her back went weak, she couldn’t live by herself anymore. She attempted to stay at her son’s place, but unfortunately it was a little bit too crowded and noisy for her taste. So she requested to go to long-term care, where she has lived for the last seven years.

She quickly became a part of the family up there, and the nurses and staff all fell in love with her, and her with them. She got lots of company from everyone who loved her. She was the president of the residents’ council for many years and made sure that the staff knew what the residents wanted and needed. She made sure the food was up to par, and if it fell below her standard she let them know and they would up their game.

She lived a very full life; she was loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by her sister, Bonnie J. Allen (husband Sam); daughter, Peggy Foote; son, Roger Foote (wife Tanya-Marie); granddaughters, Melissa Gross, Tabitha-Marie (Foote) Quinones (her husband Joseph), Hannah Anne Foote, Elizabeth Foote, Sarah Foote; grandsons, Rodney Foote (wife Hannah Danielle expecting a future Foote), Nathan Foote, Benjamin Foote, Daniel Foote, Jonathan Foote; and great-granddaughter,
Megan Gross.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Beulah Moore; her husband, Rodney Foote; her brother, Franklin Moore; her daughter, Cindy Gross, and her granddaughter, Rachel Foote.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Prairie Rest Cemetery in Guernsey, with a larger Celebration of Life when the weather is warmer.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com.


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