Wilma Jean Cutrell

(Dec. 3, 1927 — Jan. 18, 2020)


Wilma Jean Cutrell of Powell died Jan. 18, 2020, at Powell Valley Care Center. She was 93.

Wilma was born Dec. 3, 1927, to Myrtle (Yates) and John Edwin Criss in Uva, Wyoming, a small community located outside of Wheatland. She was the third of four children.

After graduating from Wheatland High School in 1945, Wilma went on to graduate from the University of Wyoming with a teaching degree in 1949.

She taught in Wheatland and Sunrise before moving to Powell.

Wilma married Lawrence “Bud” C. Cutrell in 1961 and together they taught in Powell schools for nearly three decades. Wilma taught at Powell Middle School from 1960 to 1987, while Bud taught science from 1956 to 1981. He was also a football coach.

Wilma was actively involved with the international society Delta Kappa Gamma, helping with the professional and personal growth of other women educators and promoting excellence in education.

Wilma was extremely creative, very artistic and a consistent participant in the Christmas craft fair. She loved sewing.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bud Cutrell in 1981, brother Edward Criss in 2017, sister Ruth Hoffman in 2004 and brother Sonny Criss in 1999.

Wilma is survived by nephew Mike Criss of Reno, Nevada, niece Becky Criss Helvig of Cheyenne and nephew Billy Criss of Wheatland.

Arrangements were handled by Thompson Funeral Home. The family had hoped to hold a memorial service in the spring or summer, but no services will be held due to COVID-19.