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Mabel Applehans

Mabel Applehans

Nov 19, 1925 - Feb 7, 2024

Funeral services for Mabel Leroux Applehans, 98, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 12, 2024 at Lighthouse Bible Church. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. A visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. until service time Monday at the church. Mrs. Applehans passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Westward Heights Care Center in Lander, Wyoming.

Mabel was born on November 19, 1925, the daughter of Harry F. and Ruth W. (Hauck) Phelps in Oak Creek, Colorado. Three children were born to this union. Her parents divorced, and Ruth married Jesse Leonard Hughes. Six children were born to this union, but two children died at a young age. Her step father worked in the oil fields in Colorado and Wyoming, and the family moved several times during her school years. They moved to Riverton, Wyoming in 1942.

On November 9, 1944, Mabel married Pat Wilkinson. They moved to Walla Walla, Washington, then moved to Salem Oregon from 1945 to 1946 where their first child was born. They returned to Riverton, Wyoming in 1946. Mabel finished her schooling by correspondence and graduated in 1948. They bought a house and two lots on Bell Street in 1948 and raised seven children together. In 1960, they built their new house on the front lot and still raised a large garden between the old and new house. The couple later divorced.

On February 8, 1969, Mabel married John Applehans in Casper, Wyoming. They celebrated 36 years together before he passed on April 9, 2005. Their favorite past time was going camping and fishing with family. They loved to attend dances at The Eagles, VFW Club and Senior Citizen’s Center, and made several trips to Colorado and Idaho to visit family. They also enjoyed a trip to Alaska to visit Johnny's son.

Mabel was baptized in Rawlins at age thirteen and became a member of the First Baptist Church in Riverton. She served on many committees including decorating, social and kitchen. She helped teach Awana for over 12 years. She is now a member of Lighthouse Bible Church and was baptized again in 2011. Her faith in Jesus was very important to her and she instilled that love for Jesus in her children and family.

She was a member of Royal Neighbors, and Women's Christian Temperance Union. Mabel collected spoons, bells, birds and Dolls. She graduated from a Doll Technology course, and made or refurbished dolls, besides making doll clothes. She also sewed clothes for her children when they were young, and made quilts for her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughters, Aloma Ludlow, Carla (Tom) McCoy, and Nadine Dike of Riverton, Lorri (Jim) Sauer of Spring Creek, Nevada, Marva (Fritz) Pedersen of Mesa, Arizona; brother, John Hughes of Riverton; sisters, Ila Johnstone of Kaycee, Wyoming, Shirley Black of Riverton, and Vada Galvan of Farmington, Missouri; ten grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 19 great great grandchildren and two on the way.

Mabel’s grandchildren: Jeremy Wilkinson, Tammi Jo (Dale) Nichols, Terry (Natalie) McCoy, Allan Dike, David (Tasha) Dike, Danny (Jillian) Dike, Kvin (Sabrina) Sauer, Kandi (Murdock) Jamerman, Mindy Meyers, and Misty (Lou) Cardera.

Her great grandchildren: Conner Wilkinson, Trinity Wilkinson, Krishawnda Wilkinson, Willard Wilkinson, Tyler (Chelsey) Nichols, Miranda Nichols, Brandon (Caitlin) Nichols, Shane McCoy, Dylan McCoy, Brittany (Trenton) Blakeman, Josie Dike, Kyle (Kyra) Dike, Kayleen Aho, Katie Hurst, Kelsie Keele, Liam Dike, Silas Dike, Brecken Dike, Sammi Knott, Nathaniel Sauer, Sequoia Sauer, Eliana Sauer, Mariah (Jacob) Altman, Dillon Jamerman, Jasmin Pereda, and Taylor Pereda.

Her great great grandchildren: Bethany Nichols, Beckett Nichols, Camille Nichols, Jayden Blakeman, Adalee Blakeman, Jaxson Blakeman, Raylynn Dike, Angela Dike, Jack Dike, Charlie Dike, Mathew Robison, Camille Aho, Avery Aho, Ashton Knott, Jaxson Knott, Lincoln Knott, Griffin Knott, Mateo Piper, Zaiden Piper.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Jesse L. Hughes and Harry Phelps; husbands Pat Wilkinson and John Applehans; sons, Kent and Leon Wilkinson; sister, Leona Lujan; brother, Willard Hughes; grandchildren, Kevin Ray Dike, Angela Leroux (Dike) Hurst, and Shawn Michael Wilkinson; great granddaughter, Courtney Leroux Dike; daughter-in-law, Debra Lynn Wilkinson, son-in-law Hershel Ray Dike.

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