Catherine Jean (Smith) Bruner

June 1, 1931 ~ August 26, 2019 (age 88)


Catherine “Jean” Bruner, 88, passed away suddenly at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital, August 26, 2019 with her family at her side.

Born June 1, 1931 in Coalinga, California, she was the daughter of Zachary H. and Catherine (Laxague) Smith.

On September 9, 1950 she married Jack Eugene Bruner in Avenal, CA.  Jean was employed with Mountain Bell while living in California.  The family moved to Thermopolis in December, 1964 as Jack’s job transferred him to Wyoming.

Jean was employed by J.C. Penney, IGA, and Consumers Grocery.

A member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Wyoming Fiddler’s Association, she enjoyed playing guitar.  Her interests were crocheting, cooking, hunting and sewing.

Family cherishing her memory include her son, Dewey (Georgia) Bruner of Brownwood, Texas and daughter, Linda Zierke of Thermopolis; eight grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren; and her sister, Alice Stanley of Grand Junction, CO.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Janice Bracken Contreras, grandson, Don Bracken, brothers, Zachary Smith, John and Martine Aldabe and sister, Marie Bergen.

A memorial is planned for a later date.

Memorials may be made to the VFW Auxiliary or the Wyoming Fiddlers’ Association. 

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