Ellen Louise Thomas died peacefully at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne Wyoming on September 23, 2022 following a long illness. She was 79 years old.
Ellen was born May 21, 1943 to Raymond and Wanda Wycoff in Colby. Kansas. She was the third of five children.
After moving with her family from Russell Springs to Oakley, Kansas in 1948, Ellen attended Oakley Public Schools where she loved sports, clubs and social activities. She graduated from Oakley High School, Class of 1961.
Following graduation, Ellen attended beautician school in Salina, Kansas. In 1967, she moved to New Jersey with her husband, Fred Cavallo, where Ellen opened her own beauty salon and lived the "East Coast life", meeting her best lifelong friend, Sue Bilotti.
In 1969, Ellen and Fred relocated to Florida where daughter, Alissa, and son, Fred Jr., were born. In 1975, Ellen moved cross-country to Cheyenne, Wyoming with Alissa and Fred Jr. to be closer to her family, and she lived the remainder of her life as a proud citizen of Cheyenne.
Ellen loved being a mom, cooking meals, family gatherings, class reunions, Cheyenne Frontier Days, and her many friends. She was employed at various occupations in Cheyenne including working at the Laramie County Clerk's office. In 1980, her loving and devoted daughter, Megan, was born. Always a Kansan at heart, Ellen loved sunflowers and wide-open spaces.
Ellen is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Wanda Wycoff; husband, Jack Thomas; sister, Billie June Miller; son-in-law, Brent Dougherty; niece, Amy Broyles; and nephew, Nick Moeder.
She is survived by sisters, Boni Tobin and Dina Dinkel; brother, Ray (Virginia) Wycoff; daughters, Megan Gannon, Alissa (Warren) Curry and Toni Thomas; son, Fred (Katie) Cavallo; grandchildren, Eva, Olivia and Matthew (Kathy); and by cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her lively outgoing presence in this mortal world. Bless your soul Ellen Louise!
A memorial service will be celebrated on Monday, October 24, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001. A reception will immediately follow in the Schrader Reception Center.
Condolences may be offered to the family on-line at www.schradercares.com.
"More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world" (Edna St. Vincent Millay)