Irene Bard


Irene Ruby (Watts) Bard passed away at Laramie Care Center on Friday, June 7, 2013. She was the youngest of nine children born to John and Ida Watts on July 31, 1914, in Naponee, Neb. The family moved to southeastern Wyoming where her father was employed by the railroad.

At age 18, Irene was married to Arthur E. Bard and they operated the family farm north of Pine Bluffs until moving to town in 1958. They were the parents of four children — Marilyn, Rodney, Arthur Jr. (Butch), and John. They were later divorced and she met and married Linton E. “Buck” Winans of Denver, Colo., in 1966. They resided in Denver and spent many years traveling the lower 48 states and Alaska in their motor home, later moving to Hemet, Calif., and then returning to Wyoming to reside in Saratoga. She later lived in Cheyenne, Pine Bluffs, and Laramie.

In addition to farming, Irene worked as an automotive bookkeeper in Rawlins and Denver. She was a member of the Pine Bluffs Baptist Church and a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star-Burns Chapter.

Irene is survived by son, John Bard (Karen) of Laramie, and Butch’s widow, Libby Bard of Creston, Ohio; grandchildren, Rodney Eisenhauer, Brooke Bard of Reno, Nev., John L. (Doraliza) Bard of Houston, Texas, and Amy Scrimpsher (Rick) of Decatur, Ill .; great-grandchildren, Erika Showalter of Reno, Nev., Sofia and Alexander Bard of Houston, Texas, Jordan and Taylor of Decatur, Ill., and Marilyn, Nathan, Justin, and L.J. Eisenhauer. She is also survived by a stepdaughter, Joanne Oakley (Gary) and stepgrandchildren, Susan, Nancy, David, and Gary Edward, all of Colorado.

Irene was preceded in death by both parents; all eight brothers and sisters; her husbands, Arthur Bard and L.E. Winans; sons Rodney and Butch; and daughter, Marilyn.

A memorial service will be held at Pine Bluffs Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2013. Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be in Pine Bluffs Cemetery in Pine Bluffs.


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