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Lavanetta (Neta) Forbes Waters


April 26, 2017

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Lavanetta (Neta) Forbes Waters

Lavanetta (Neta) Forbes Waters, 78, of Rock Springs, passed away April 17, 2017, at the University of Utah Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Waters had been in ill health the past three months.

She was born on Nov. 13, 1938, in Rock Springs, the daughter of Jackson R. and Kathryn "Katie" Medill Forbes.

Waters attended school in Rock Springs and was a 1957 graduate of the Rock Springs High School.

She went on to college and obtained her bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Wyoming.

She also attended Nichols State University and Colorado State University.

She married Russel Dean Waters in San Francisco, on Sept., 20, 1960, and he preceded her in death on July 23, 2006, when he passed away in Laramie.

Waters was a retired math teacher and worked for Sweetwater County School District No. 1 from 1964 until 1993, returning as a para-professional and substitute until 2011, when she fully retired.

She was a member of the United Congregational Church, 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, and Kappa Kappa Iota education sorority. 

Waters was a voting judge for Sweetwater County for decades.

Survivors include four sons Timothy Waters and wife Julie, Jackson Waters and husband Brad Russell and Dale Waters, all of Rock Springs, and Terry Waters and wife Stacy from Green River; one brother-in-law, Mike Willmore of Rock Springs; one sister-in-law Sharon Yovich and husband Joseph (Geego) of Laramie; several cousins, nieces and nephews, four grandchildren, Timothy Waters, Chelsea Waters, Austin Waters and Tyler Waters; three great grandchildren, Camilla, Abigail, and Vivienne Waters; her dogs Rusty and Sasha. 

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents. The Waters family will be receiving guests at the home of Shawna Willmore, 402 P Street, Rock Springs.

Funeral services took place Tuesday. The family of Neta Waters respectfully suggests that donations in her memory be made to "Neta Waters Memorial Fund", c/o Shawna Willmore at 402 P Street, 82901, or at either RSNB  branch.

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