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“Kip and Mary, I enjoyed teaching for years with your mother at Southside. Bing was always quiet spoken and the kids and staff had great respect for...Read More »
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“Kip, So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your friend, Ivan ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Ivan Posey - Fort Washakie, WY

“Dear Mary, I remember your sweet mother well. She was so gracious to us whenever we were at your home. What a wonderful history she had growing up...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Carolyn White

“I send my condolences to the family - Bing was an amazing woman and a wonderful grandmother to my children - she will be missed. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Barb Freudenthal - Cheyenne, WY

“I wish I could be there for the service on Friday Mary. Bing Crofts was not only your Mother, she was my 4th grade teacher and one of the best...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Haze Erickson Hanna - Reston, VA

“My condolences to all of Bings Family. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Jeanne P. Mays - Bowling Green, KY

“Thanks to everyone for their love and prayers. I miss you already Grandmommy. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Jeannie Crofts Evanchan - Chicago, IL


Beatrice Noel Markley Crofts was born in Lander, Wyoming April 14, 1920. She died at Fort Washakie on February 20, 2011. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 25 at 10:00 a.m., Hudson's Funeral Home, Lander . Beatrice grew up in Fort Washakie. Her father, Charles Markley, was the Postmaster and her mother, Eleanor, was the school teacher. Beatrice's grandfather was Rev. John Roberts, the Episcopalian missionary who built the Roberts Mission on Trout Creek. Beatrice went to grammar school in Ft. Washakie and high school in Lander, graduating in 1937. She attended Northern Colorado State College and the University of Wyoming, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education. Beatrice and her husband, Frederic Crofts, worked on the Crofts Sheep Ranch in the early days of their marriage. They moved to their family home South of Lander when it was time for their first son, Kip, to attend school. Beatrice taught school at the Southside Elementary School for more than 25 years. She and Fred enjoyed their time with children and grandchildren. Their retirement was spent traveling with friends and having fun with their family at their cabin on South Pass. Beatrice's great joy was to have her book of her grandfather's life, Walk Softly. This is God's Country, published in 1997. Beatrice was a member of P.E.O. Sisterhood, Eastern Star and St. John's Anglican Church. Beatrice is survived by: her son, Christopher Crofts, of Cheyenne; her daughter, Mary Young and husband, Mike, of Lander; and her son, Paul (Joe) Crofts and wife, Suzanne, of Lander. Beatrice is also survived by seven grandchildren: Shane Crofts of Cheyenne, Jeannie Evanchan and husband, Mike, of Chicago, Colby Erickson and wife, Amy, of Lander; Ondi Shepperson and husband, Kasey, of Meeteetse; Jeff Young and wife, Amber of Lander; Joey Mitchell and husband, Chad, of Calgary; Rory Crofts and wife, Brianne, of Rock Springs, and Kristi Jones and husband, Taylor, of Lander. Beatrice is also survived by eleven great-grandchildren. Beatrice Crofts was preceded in death by her husband, Frederic, in 1997. Memorials may be made directly to the local P.E.O. Scholarship Fund and sent to Mary, P.O. Box 563, Lander. 82520.

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