Mary Harman

On September 25th, 2022 Heaven got a little brighter as our beloved Mom Mary was called home to be with God. 

Mary Harman was born in Atchison, Kansas on May 31st, 1947, to Carroll and Tom Highfill. She was the second of four children.  She was a beautiful person inside and out; living by a quote she often repeated, “Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.” -Dalai Lama  

Soon after she was born, her family moved from Kansas to Casper, WY.  When she was in the 7th grade her family moved to Douglas, Wy where she attended High School.  She took 4 years of Latin and even translated the Iliad and the Odyssey.  She was a cheerleader and graduated as the Salutatorian in 1965.

She then moved to Laramie to attend the University of Wyoming.  While finishing her degree in Business Administration, she married her High School sweetheart, Tom Hill in 1967.  Together they had 2 daughters Sarah and Cassidy.  As a family they enjoyed camping, skiing, rafting, playing cards, playing tennis, racquetball and walleyball, family vacations and spending time with friends.   She always took great care to make holidays and birthdays such a special event!

She was a wonderful wife and mother.  She was a strong, independent, and self-sufficient woman who believed everyone has something very special to give the world.  She cared about and took care of her health and appearance, using her elliptical even on the day of her diagnosis.  Over the years she held a wide range of jobs such as waitress at the golf course, lifeguard, bank secretary, substitute teacher, movie theatre manager and administrative assistant. She worked as an editor, an accountant, a technical writer and was a published author.  She frequently volunteered to help with school and church activities with both her children and grandchildren.  She loved playing and watching golf, as well as watching football, baseball, and tennis. She enjoyed riding horses, sewing and was brilliant in math often helping others with their taxes and finances and was an excellent flute player. She was a “political junkie” as her brother Bill so accurately described her. She worked puzzles, crosswords, word games and trivia games most every day.  She was a wonderful cook, and many family dinners were held at her home which were always immaculate and so welcoming.  She loved to laugh with her family and kept her sense of humor right up to her final hours.  Her banana bread could have won awards, always baked to perfection, she loved sharing it with family and friends who adorningly called it “Nana Bread.”

In the early 2000’s the lights of her life arrived, her granddaughters Mikayla and Rietta.  Early on they deemed her “the best Nana ‘efr’.”  They were so right!  Above all she valued spending time with them, helping them with homework, teaching them essential life skills such as tennis, golfing, how to crochet and how to play poker when they were very young.  She spent countless hours reading to them and taking them on long bike rides when they were little. She spent time with them nearly every day for many years. She never missed any event Mikayla and Rietta were a part of no matter how small it seemed to others. She enjoyed many vacations over the years with her family in places like Nevada, Florida and California. They spent many exciting times in amusement parks, on beaches and in the mountains.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her younger sister Peggi Duell and her sister-in-law Robin Highfill. Also, by her beloved dogs, Howdy, Bandit and Alex.

She is survived by her older brother Dean (Nancy) Highfill, of Rapid City, South Dakota, her younger brother Bill Highfill, of Liberty Lake, Washington, her two daughters Sarah (Bill) Froehlich, of Laramie WY, and Cassidy (Jimmy) Beierle, of Burns WY, and granddaughters Mikayla Froehlich, Laramie and Rietta Higgins, Cheyenne and her lifelong friend Tom Hill as well as her nieces and nephew who were so special to her.

A small private family service will be held.  In lieu of flowers please consider donating to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the ASPCA, two charities she enjoyed supporting.  She will be wildly missed by all of those who knew and loved her.

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Condolences (10)

  • Helene Neville

    “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” -Dalai Lama Love this quote. I am sorry for the loss of your beloved mom, mother-in-law and grandma. Wrapping you in comfort, prayers and love. Helene Neville

  • Anonymous

    Sarah & Cassidy so sorry for your loss. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Natellie Jenkins

  • Marlene Amat

    What a life well lived and Sarah, what a testament to her legacy you are as I am sure so is the rest of your family. Her love will always be with you as well as precious memories together. My deepest condolences to all her family and friends. With love, Marlene Amat

  • Anonymous

    Dear Cassidy and Sarah Oh how my heart is sad for you. May God be with you. Ellen and Curtis Hicks.

  • Lisa Johnson

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. You all have such great memories of her. May those moments see you through the tough days ahead. My prayers are with you all!

  • Robbie Lockard

    Sarah & Cassidy, My heart goes out to you and to all who knew and loved your kind and devoted Mom! Your loving relationship was strong and evident to everyone who knew her. Prayers for your grief-journey and know that this loss is and will be felt by many--especially at Ivinson. Peace & love to you and yours during this sorrowful time.

  • Debby Wiltse

    Cassidy and Rietta: I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom/grandmother. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I saw you (Cassidy) with your mom and sister having lunch at the cafeteria. I know she will be terribly missed. 💔

  • Roberta Johnson

    Cass and Sarah, I am so sorry to hear about your mom passing away. I will never forget going over to your house after school and watching your mom kill it at Jeopardy! She was one smart lady! I hope all of the wonderful memories you have of her will bring you comfort in this time of sorrow! Love and prayers to you and your families!

  • Beth Sanchez

    Cassidy & Sarah, My heart breaks for the loss of your sweet Mom. I got used to seeing her often over recent years. You’re all heavy on my heart. I’m here for you always ❤️

  • Rhett Ivey

    Wow, Cassidy...I would have thought your mom would have lived for ever as she was always surrounded by you guys and the love you shared as you had lunch at Ivinson (so much love and care). She was so lucky to have such a family surrounding her. I can still see her welcoming smile as I walked by. Blessing, Rhett


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