Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY) - March 11, 2004
Deceased Name: Elizabeth L. Bishop 1936-2004
Elizabeth Lee Bishop, 67, of Cheyenne died March 9 at United Medical Center-West after a long, valiant battle with Multiple Sclerosis
Elizabeth, or "Betty" to her family and friends, was the eldest daughter of Merrill and Grayce Farthing of Iron Mountain. She was born on Nov. 20, 1936, and enjoyed a happy childhood on the family ranch. She took an active role in the ranch, working cattle, riding her horse Duchess and driving the rake in the hayfield. Her life was enriched by the daily company of her paternal grandparents and lively visits from her many cousins.
Betty and her sister, Merrilyn, bottle-fed an orphaned Shetland pony colt that was born on the ranch. That colt later was given to the University of Wyoming as its first mascot, Cowboy Joe.
Betty excelled in school, attending the one room Farthing School at Iron Mountain. She began first grade at age 5 and after accelerating through several grades she graduated from Cheyenne High School at age 16. Her love of reading and education continued when she attended the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1957. Betty was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and held elected offices and made many good friends there.
Upon graduation, Betty moved to Casper, where she was an executive secretary for Standard Oil Company. While working in Casper, she met John Bishop. The couple was married on June 11, 1961 in Cheyenne at the First Presbyterian Church. John and Betty's marriage exemplified devotion for 42 years.
In 1965, the couple moved to Cheyenne where Betty worked for the state in the Farm Loan Board Division. After her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, Betty retired but continued her activities in raising her family, serving as an officer in the Association of Children with Learning Disabilities, and her panache for reading and board games, which she continued throughout her life.
Betty's pride in her family was unequaled as a loving mother to her son Merrill and her daughter Amy. She was also a proud grandmother of her four grandchildren.
Betty's life has been enriched by the tender and devoted care of a special friend, Mary Rideout, who has cared for her for the past 18 years.
Betty will be missed by her devoted husband, John; her children, Merrill and Karleen Bishop of Loveland, Colo., and Amy Bishop of Santa Monica, Calif.; her grandchildren, MaKayla, Jayden, Delaney and Cassidy Bishop; her father-in-law, Andrew Bishop; her sister, Merrilyn and Harv Segrest of Albuquerque, N.M.; brother, Charlie and Carol Farthing of Iron Mountain; cousins, Sharon Tuck of Cheyenne, Ann Calvert of California and John Bond of Montana.
Memorial services for Betty will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel with Mr. Dean Bruer and Mr. John Siems officiating.
Friends may contribute in Betty's memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Betty's remarkable strength and dignity and most especially her uncomplaining attitude in the face of the extreme challenge of her disease have been an inspiration to all who have had the privilege to know her. Betty's kind and loving spirit will long be remembered.
I checked with the cemetery office and Elizabeth Farthing Bishop is not in Bethel Cemetery. I also checked with the funeral home and she had been cremated and family probably received the cremains."