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Alice Faye Bryant Hepp, age 84 of Sheridan, WY passed away on Monday, May 6, 2024, at Sheridan Memorial Hospital.

Alice was born in New Castle, WY to parents Weston Whitley Bryant and Opal F. Kaiser on March 19, 1940.  The family resided in Upton, WY, where Alice started school.   Later, at age 6, her parents divorced and then she, her sister Diana and Mother moved to Bountiful, Utah.  Growing up in Bountiful, she and her sister soon became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Alice married Thad Bangerter in Bountiful and to this union, two sons were born, Lany and Kim.  After divorcing, Alice and her two sons came to visit her father in Sheridan, WY, and decided to stay.  Alice’s father Wes passed along his favorite pastime of fishing to her and the boys.  The summers were filled with picnics, camping trips, and lots of fishing!

Living in Sheridan brought a new life filled with time with her boys, taking classes at Sheridan College, and working in health care.  

In 1963 Alice married Zane K. Hepp. They lived on the family ranch near Banner, WY. It was soon decided to set off on their own and they bought a ranch in Otter, MT. The first few years were life-changing again as well as challenging.  As Alice adapted to being a newly married ranch wife, a stepmother of four in addition to her two and soon added two more of hers and Zane’s together in less than four years!  Being a city girl at heart, not that she would admit that in her later years, but life was difficult with her new responsibilities and isolated country living.  She learned to cook for a crew of hungry boys, garden, and grew to love all the neighbors as friends.  School runs, bad roads, and 4-H with the kids she learned to do things she never thought she could do. 

Alice may have had a slight obsession with Elvis and anyone who knew her knew she was a fan.

She loved her many little dogs she had over the years.

Health care work continued for over 25 years which mostly was spent at Sheridan Memorial Hospital working the night shift for 18 years when the kids were mostly grown.  That night shift crew of close friends stayed close long after retirement.  Living again in town made seeing and spending more time with grandkids possible.   Zane and Alice thoroughly enjoyed every moment with them; at any given time, at least one of them was always with them.

Later Alice reconnected with Bob Graves and had a special friendship in retirement that lasted until his death in April 2022.  They kept each other company, went on many trips, and he somehow convinced her that she was a fan of football, specifically the WY Cowboys!  They kept close tabs on each other.  He stopped by one day knowing she was home but not answering the door, he soon became worried and called for help saving her further agony after falling and breaking her leg.

Alice was preceded in death by her stepdaughter Zana Kay Hepp, husband Zane, sister Diana Hansen, parents, granddaughter Anna Rowland and stepson Jim Hepp.

Surviving Alice are her children Lany (Jody) Bangerter, Kim (Dorothy) Bangerter, Chris (Ginger) Hepp, Connie Hepp (John) Graham, and Stepsons: Wade (Ellen) Hepp and Kevin (Debbie) Hepp.  

Grandchildren:  Rene Bangerter (Mike) Johnson, Jared Bangerter (Crystal), Mandy Bangerter (Cecil) Wilkey, Shyla Bangerter (Jeremy) Hansen, Lisa Bangerter, Bryan Bangerter, Trenton Rowland (Melinda), Zane Rowland, Rachael Rowland (Lance) Anderson, Chandler House.     Step Grandchildren: Tony (Megan) Hepp, Brett (Tandy) Hepp, Dawn Hepp (Brandon) Waters, Syrenda Hepp, Echo Hepp, Myria Hepp (Josh) Burgess, Taylor (Kali) Hepp, Mattie Hepp (Riley) Krassin.   Thirty-eight Great Grandkids and counting!

A special thanks to the staff at Westview Health Care Center for their “thankless” hours of patience and care to our Mom and Grannie Alice.  And thank you Klaire for the loving bond you developed with Mom.  She recognized you in those last hours and was at peace soon after.                                  

 The interment will be at the Quiet Rest Cemetery, Kearny, WY.  Funeral Services will be held at 11AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 2051 Colonial Drive, Sheridan, WY Monday, May 13th, 2024.

Donations, if desired, may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Online condolences may be made to Arrangements are under the care of Sheridan Funeral Home.

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