Green River Star, Sep 10, 2001
Wilmot "Willi" C. McFadden
Wilmot "Willi" C. McFadden, 81, of Rock Springs, died Tuesday at her home after having been in ill health for the past two years.
She was born on Oct. 30, 1919, in Lead, S.D. and graduated from the Lead High School in 1937. She was also a graduate of South Dakota State University.
She married John Stinson McFadden in Rock Springs in 1965.
She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ.
She was employed as the assistant librarian at the Carnegie Public Library in 1947. In 1953 she became the director. She was instrumental in establishing the Fine Arts Center and organized the Children's Film Series in 1971. She was also worked for the development of the White Mountain Branch Library, which opened in 1983.
Through her efforts the Rock Springs Library received the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award in 1965, presented by the American Library Association for most improvement in library service. She was presented the Grolier National Library Week award for serving as State Library Week Director in 1969. With her as director, the Rock Springs Library received the Library of the Year Award in 1978 and the Georgia Shovlain Special Projects Award for Outreach Services Program in 1980.
She received the Wyoming School Boards Association Certificate of Honorary Commendation for services to the educational needs of the children of Wyoming in 1979. In 1957, she served as vice president of the Wyoming Library Association and in 1958 as its president.
She was legislative chairman of the WLA in 1959 and a representative and delegate for the American Library Association in 1961.
She served as chairman of the Wyoming Library Conference in Rock Springs in 1966, treasurer of the Rock Springs school board for in 1967 and its clerk in 1968. She was chairman of the Right to Read in 1968. In 1969 she was the clerk of the school board for School District 1.
Her other memberships included the Federal Commission for Civil Rights, Museum and Historical Board; Wyoming Advisory Council for Libraries, American Library Trustees Association, Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary, Capital Fund Committee, YWCA of Sweetwater County and the Wyoming College Commission.
She has also served as state committee woman to the Sweetwater Democratic Party from 1952-1972; state vice chairman of the Democratic Party 1956-1957; and delegate to the National Democratic Convention from 1956-1964.
She was in the Who's Who of American Women 1980-1988; Who's Who is the World 1987-1988; Who's Who in the West 1989-1990, and the Who's Who in American Politics 1969-1975.
Survivors include her husband John S. McFadden of Rock Springs; three daughters Christina Bice of Laramie; Maureen Pedry of Longmont, Colo.; and Susan Duncan of Sheridan; six grandchildren; Scott Pedry, Sarah Pedry, Jessica Duncan, Tyrell Duncan, Katie Bice and Christopher Bice.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Marge Jelbert and a granddaughter, Stacey Parmely.
Following cremation at the vase White Mountain Crematory, a memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Rock Springs. Reverend Jeanny House will conduct the services. Friends may call at the church tomorrow one hour prior to services.
The family respectfully requests memorials be made to Hospice of Sweetwater County or First Congregational United Church of Christ.
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