Bruner, Mary Katherine (Dunn) (November 4, 1896 - October 8, 1973)



Douglas Budget - October 11, 1973

Funeral services for Mrs. Ferris Bruner will be held Thursday, October 11 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Douglas, with the Rev. Daniel Clark officiating. Burial will be in Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Bruner died Monday morning, October 8, at her home in Douglas, at the age of 76. Though she had been in ill health for a long time, she still kept up with her many activities, and wrote her last column of news of LaBonte Community for the Douglas Budget Sunday night. She had been a correspondent for the Budget for 35 years, and will be sorely missed for her faithfulness and interest in her community.

Mary Kathryn Dunn was born November 4, 1896, the daughter of Philip and Lenora Dunn in Sioux County, Nebraska, north of Harrison. She attended schools in the area and graduated from high school in Crawford, Nebraska.

She came to Converse County in 1917 and taught at Pleasant Valley near Natural Bridge Park.

The school building was later moved to the Wyoming State Fair Grounds in Douglas as part of the Wyoming Sate Memorial Museum. She also taught at Braae where the old Braae Post Office was located.

She was united in marriage with Ferris Bruce Bruner on June 18, 1919 and they lived they lived (sic) for fifty years on the Bruner ranch south of Douglas. To this union three children were born, Charles, Archie, and Sibyl.

Mrs. Bruner was very active in community activities, being a charter member of the LaBonte Homemakers Club. After many years of club work, she received the Quealy Award for her leadership. She was leader of the first 4-H Club in LaBonte Community.

Mrs. Bruner was a charter member of the local Farm Bureau and served as secretary for five years and in recognition of her service was awarded the Distinguished Service Award.

One of her many contributions beyond the call of duty was the caring of her mother-in-law who lived to be 97 years of age.

Mrs. Bruner was a member of the Methodist Church, Cowbelles, Wyoming Pioneer Association, Republican Women, and she also served on the school board and election board for many years.

Since retiring from the ranch, she and her husband were caretakers at Ayres Natural Bridge Park until recently when they moved back to Douglas. While at the Park, Mary wrote weekly news of visitors and other interesting happenings at the Park.

She always raised a big garden and enjoyed her many flowers. She always found time for everyone and helped build a strong community.

Mrs. Bruner is survived by her husband, Ferris; sons Charles of Lakewood, Colorado; Archie of the family home; and Mrs. Lawrence (Sibyl) Prager of Garrett, Wyoming; nine grandchildren-Bill and Philip Bruner and Marie Shadaoan of Lakewood, Colorado; Tom Bruner, Mesa, Arizona; Barbara Cundall, Glendo; Rita and Norman Prager, Douglas; Larry Prager, Laramie; three great-grandchildren; Diane Bruner, Shay Shadaoan, and Stephen Bruner.

Also surviving are a brother, Ralph Dunn, Douglas; two sisters, Edith Holden, Casper, and Ruth Reber, Yucaipa, California, and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be the six grandsons.


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