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Mary Louise Axthelm

Mary Louise Axthelm

Jul 6, 1924 - Jan 31, 2024

After enjoying 99 years of a full and blessed life, Mary Louise Axthelm passed away on January 31, 2024 at the family home in Riverton, Wyoming. A celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 5, 2024 at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton, Wyoming.


Mary Louise was born July 6, 1924 in Kearney, Nebraska to Loys and Lena Thompson and was raised and graduated from high school in Lexington, Nebraska. She married Norris Axthelm on February 2, 1947. The couple settled in Riverton, Wyoming in 1951 where there was an opportunity to establish a dental practice.  


Mary Louise leaves a legacy of faith, family and community involvement. She was a faithful follower of Christ and was very active in her church as the treasurer, youth choir director, was in charge of their annual rummage sale, and was a member of the bell and voice choirs.  Those who knew Mary Louise knew that her family was the center of her life and she was proud of being a homemaker.  Everything she did revolved around her family and extended family, including five children, eleven grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. She loved her community for over 60 years and enjoyed serving others through 4-H leadership in sewing and cooking for many years. She also loved her barbershop quartet and performed at community events.


A part of the greatest generation, Mary Louise was influenced by the Great Depression and World War II.  She was known for being frugal and thrifty and passed on those attributes to her children. She was known for her positive attitude and enjoyment of even the smallest things in her life.


Mary Louise will be missed by her surviving sister, Betty Sweeney, children Sheila (Robin) Hill, Tom (Vicki) Axthelm, Gary (Nancy) Axthelm, Pam (Wes) Roberts, and Mike (Mary) Axthelm, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norris and a grandson.


Memorials can be made to Help for Health Hospice or the United Methodist Church in her memory. 


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Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Crematory, and Monuments.