Betty Lou McLoughlin


Jan. 29, 1936 – Oct. 12, 2019

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.

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