Eleanor Anne Marchant



Eleanor Anne Marchant was born on her family’s farm near the village of Arbuthnot, Saskatchewan, Canada on July 3, 1931, the daughter of Peter and Barbara (nee Schwartz) Miller.

Anne finished high school and secretarial training in Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan.  She was employed during school as a nanny and for the Saskatchewan Government Insurance company as a claims dispatcher after graduation. She met Leland (Lee) Marchant on one of his visits to Regina, and they were married in that city at the Holy Rosary Cathedral on July 24, 1954.  They honeymooned in New York City that summer.

The couple lived in Lee’s hometown of Williston, ND, until 1956 when Lee enrolled at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.  After four years there, Anne had received her U.S. citizenship and given birth to two sons, Brent and Ted, and Lee had earned his BS degree in petroleum engineering.

In 1960 the Marchants moved to Morgantown, West Virginia where Lee was employed as a research engineer by the U.S. Bureau of Mines.  Mark, a third son, was born there.

In 1962, the Marchants moved to Laramie, Wyoming where Lee studied in the University of Wyoming petroleum engineering graduate program, and daughter Leigh Anne was born.

Anne worked to raise her four children, all of whom attended St. Laurence School, Laramie Junior and Senior High schools, and graduated from the University of Wyoming. She was an active parent, mentoring the kids through academics and sports. She was a member of the St. Laurence Home and School Association, which raised funds to benefit the school.

She was a member of the St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic parish and worked through the years in its charitable programs such as the Parish Pantry and in the St. Mary’s group.

She was a member for many years and served as president of the Laramie Civic League, a group which advocated for city improvements and raised funds for ventures including a summer movie series for Laramie kids.

Anne was an avid University of Wyoming sports fan and booster, enjoying football, women’s and men’s basketball and volleyball, and was a long-time member of the Cowboy Joe Club. She was a member of the UW Art Museum.

She loved to travel and had visited most of the American states and Canadian provinces, and many countries in Europe and South America. She had corresponded her whole life with a cousin, Theresa (Resi) Schwartz, who lived in Kempten, Germany, and a highlight of her life was a trip with Lee, brother Guido and sister-in-law Iris Miller in 1988 to visit their parents’ homeland in the former Yugoslavia, including a visit to the church where they were married, and to finally meet her cousin Resi.

Anne loved to bowl and was a member of various women’s leagues over the years. Her favorite pastime, though, was bridge.  She was an accomplished contract bridge player and met many of her best friends through the years playing the game. In recent years, she had traveled to several American Contract Bridge League tournaments in places such as Denver and Las Vegas. She was never happier than when she added to her pot of ACBL Gold points.

Anne is survived by her daughter Leigh Anne of Laramie; son Brent and wife Dawn (Young) of Greeley; Brent’s son Justin of Cody, his wife Angela and daughter Eleanor; Brent’s daughter Lauren Tillery of Cody, her husband Brett and son Barrett; son Ted of New York City; and son Mark and his wife Tara (Cooper) of Stuttgart, Germany, and their daughter and son-in-law Kylie and Colt Jones of Loveland, CO and daughter Andrea of Colorado Springs. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Iris Miller of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan and nieces and nephews Donna, Lois, Allan, Russell, Darrell and Norman and their families. She will also be missed by numerous friends, neighbors and beloved bridge partners.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Guido and Werner, and her husband of 59 years, Lee.

A vigil and rosary service will be Monday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. and funeral liturgy Tuesday at 10 a.m., both at St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church.  Interment at Greenhill Cemetery will follow the mass, followed by a reception at St. Laurence.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the National Stroke Association, National Lung Association, or to St. Laurence O’Toole Church.


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Condolences (10)

  • Gen Cotherman

    Ted and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She sounds like she was an amazing woman, which explains why she raised such wonderful children! My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. She will always be with you ... in your memories and hearts.

  • Jani Rubery

    I have such fond memories of your mom's gentle care and thoughtfulness. She was always interested in how I was. She helped so many people through her work with the church and brought such blessing to others. My love and prayers are with the whole family as I know you will all miss her deeply.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Ted and family, thinking of you during this very difficult time. So sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

  • Donna Marie (Gonzales) Roper

    Ted, May God give you peace, love, and strength to get through this heartbreaking time. May your Mom rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Renita Costin

    Our condolences to the Marchant family. Your mother, grandmother was a beautiful kind loving woman who made us kiddos so at home when we'd be over to goof around. R.I.P. Anne ❤️ Love The Costin & Moreno families

  • Anonymous

    To the Marchant Family: Sorry for your loss. My mother, Laura Campbell, used to play bridge with her, I remember many a time at the home on Grays Gables Road the bridge times with your mother. So much fun and such "seriousness." In my thoughts, Karen Campbell

  • Carol Hatcher Ahrens

    Dear Ted and family, I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I know how close you were to your Mom and what a wonderful person she was and meant to you! Bless all of you. Carol Hatcher Ahrens, Denver CO

  • Flo Baugh

    I enjoyed bowling with Ann through the years sorry for your loss

  • Brett, Lauren and Barrett Tillery

    Grandma, Thank you for all the great memories and your unconditional love. I will never forget the moment you got to meet Barrett. Your face lit up for the first time in a while and at that moment I knew everything was going to be OK. Brett, Barrett and I will miss you and we look forward to seeing you again! Give Grandpa hugs and kisses for us. We love you dearly!

  • Anonymous

    Grandma, Thank you for all the great memories and your unconditional love. I will never forget the moment you got to meet Barrett. Your face lit up for the first time in a while and at that moment I knew everything was going to be ok. Brett, Barrett and I will miss you and we look forward to seeing you again. Give Grandpa hugs and kisses for us. We love you dearly!!! Lauren Tillery


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