Betty Lou McLoughlin, 83,
passed away in the early morning
hours on Oct. 12, in Pinedale. She
was the oldest daughter of Richard
Disney Hecox and Isabelle “Dorothy”
Logan Hecox, born Jan. 29,
1936, in Rock Springs.
Betty Lou grew up in the Upper
Kendall Valley along with her siblings
Donnie and Dick. She went to
primary school at the Kendall Valley
Schoolhouse. During a couple
of years with harsher winters, she
was sent to Rock Springs to spend
the school year with her Aunt Catherine.
Betty Lou attended secondary
school at the Wasatch Academy
boarding school in Mt. Pleasant,
Utah, graduating in May of 1954.
While home on a school break
with a friend, Betty Lou met Melvin
L. McLoughlin. They married
June 30, 1954, at the Chapel of
Transfiguration in Moose. They lived on the McLoughlin family ranch in Daniel, where
they raised their three children LaDonna Kay, James Richard and Cindy Lou. Betty Lou
and Melvin remained together in Daniel until his passing in September 2007.
Betty Lou spent the first 15 years of marriage helping her husband, raising cattle and
haying. Together they established The Place restaurant in May 1969 in the Upper Kendall
Valley where Betty Lou spent the next 25 years as owner and head cook. She was known
valleywide for a warm smile, a hot cup of coffee and her famous cinnamon rolls. Upon her
retirement, she happily settled back into life as a wife and homemaker.
Betty Lou was a lifelong member of the Bronx Homemakers Club, Jobs Daughters and
the Order of the Eastern Star. She spent many years as a 4-H leader and was recognized
as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Green River Valley Cowbelles/Cattle Women
in 2017. She enjoyed playing cards, crafting, reading, sewing, baking and tending to her
many flower gardens. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Melvin, parents Richard and
Dorothy, brother Dick and sister Donnie.
She is survived by daughters LaDonna McLoughlin of Pinedale, Cindy Jones (Justin)
of Pinedale and son James McLoughlin (Sandra) of Daniel. She is also survived by her
grandchildren Ryan McGuire (Marie), Andrea Jones, Casey Jones, Isabelle McLoughlin
and great-grandchildren Mae and Finn McGuire, along with many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Pinedale Community
Church, 113 S. Maybell Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Betty Lou’s name
can be sent to the Museum of the Mountain Man, P.O. Box 909, Pinedale, Wyo. 82941 or
the Sublette Center, P.O. Box 788, Pinedale, Wyo. 82941.