Catherine Rose Upton, 1956-2016 |

Catherine Rose Upton, 1956-2016


Catherine Rose Upton, 59, passed away at her home on Feb. 5, 2016, after a courageous seven and a half year battle with cancer.

She was born in Sheridan, Wyo., on March 10, 1956. Her family moved to Worland when she was a year old and she attended Worland schools, graduating in 1974. Seven days after graduation she married the love of her life, Tim Upton, on May 25, 1974. They resided in Worland for 12 years.

During this time she worked at Washakie Memorial Hospital, Worland Boys School and Sky Aviation. To this union they had two sons, Timothy H. and Robert J. They moved to the old Moon Homestead on the Upper Gooseberry Creek, where an opportunity arose to start a new life and what a life it was.

It later became known as the Flying U Ranch and it was here she found her love of animals. Every animal had a name and they would follow her when called, be it horses, cows or dogs. She raised over 200 registered quarter horse foals. Many of these horses are ridden in the area today and many out of state. She had to quit raising horses due to her illness.

Anyone who knew Cathy realized that you “don’t mess with her animals” because they were very much a part of her life.

Cathy is survived by her husband of 41 years Tim, son Timothy H. (Patricia) of Parker, Colo., sister and best friend Laurie (Jim) Yule and mother Julia Boyko, all of Worland, stepdaughters Tammy Matthews of Denver and Tina (Will) Osborne of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, grandchildren Tyler, Mitchell, Tim, Jaxstan, Clare, Lizzy, A.J. and Adrianna, and numerous nieces and nephews. She also left behind Lilly, her dog that never left her side.

Cathy was preceded in death by her son Bob in 2003 and her father.

Memorial Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church in Worland. Her final disposition will be done at the spring calf branding in April, a time Cathy dearly loved.

Memorial donations may be made to a Scholarship Fund in Cathy’s name for the Meeteetse FFA. Please make checks payable to Security State Bank and send in care of Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 524, Worland, Wyo., 82401. Online condolences may be made at or on Bryant Funeral Home Facebook Page.

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