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 Claudia Jean <I>Cornia</I> Bills

Claudia Jean Cornia Bills

Birth
Soda Springs, Caribou County, Idaho, USA
Death 12 Jun 1993 (aged 48)
Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA
Plot Block 4, Lot 9, Plot 2
Memorial ID 146530 · View Source
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CLAUDIA JEAN BILLS
Age 48
June 12, 1993
Laramie, Wyoming

Claudia was in bed when she was shot three times by her husband, David, who then committed suicide.

Claudia Jean Cornia Bills was the oldest child of a mechanic and a drug store clerk. Though she grew up on the “wrong side” of Evanston, she still managed to be one of the leaders of her class, being voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” Claudia married during her junior year of college and had to quit going to college while her husband finished school. They eventually moved back to her hometown where David was a teacher and city councilman. Over the years she bore five daughters. Each had a very unique relationship with their mother, loving and admiring her in different ways.

She set an example with her deep desire to improve herself and the world around her. She attended night classes and was the first person in Evanston’s outreach program of Western Wyoming Community College to achieve her Associate of Arts degree. She served as her political party’s chairperson, and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, attending whenever her husband allowed her. He resented all things that took her attention from him and fought her bitterly with emotional abuse.

Through all of this, Claudia still found time to be a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and friend. At the time of her death, she and her husband were attending the University of Wyoming. She left behind her daughters, parents, five grandchildren, two son-in-laws, and countless friends.

Her memory stands as a witness to strength of personality in the face of overwhelming odds.

Submitted by Claudia’s daughter, Heather B. Taylor

**Taken from the Wyoming Silent Witness Website


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  • Maintained by: A.Bell
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 146530
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Claudia Jean Cornia Bills (4 Nov 1944–12 Jun 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 146530, citing Woodruff Cemetery, Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by A.Bell (contributor 46518784) .