Area Obituaries: Murphy, Eilert

Mar 5, 2024 | Obituaries

Torrington, WY (Colyer Funeral Home) March 5th, 2024 — Rachél “Shelly” N. Murphy, 61 of Cheyenne, WY, died Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, CO.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Torrington, WY with Kenli Barling officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Shelly’s Warm Blanket Project, Jonah Bank, 2015 Central Avenue Cheyenne, WY 82001

Rachél “Shelly” Murphy, the daughter of Gary Ray and Nancy Elizabeth DeBolt was born September 25, 1962, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She graduated from Torrington high school in 1981, and later received her AS in Criminal Justice from LCCC.
She married Paul D. Bartow (son of H. Dale Bartow and E. Nadine Bartow) in 1982. While remaining friends they both went on to remarry. Together they had three children.

Shelly married her soulmate Kevin Francis Murphy, August 6, 1994, at Church of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Cheyenne, WY. Uniting their families. Shelly was humbling when it came to family dynamics; she lived in the words “Family is the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and love you no matter what, despite DNA”

Shelly worked various jobs throughout her life, touching many souls. She worked in retail, was an activity director for elderly care, cooked in The Canteen at the V.A. Hospital, was a mailroom operator at A&B Bank, and a bank teller with Jonah Bank.

She always looked for opportunities to help other people. Shelly started and participated in many outreach efforts throughout her community in Cheyenne. In 2009 she started Jake’s Mom Cares, providing care packages to troops overseas. She was an advocate and decorator for the Festival of Trees. She helped raise money for cancer research, primarily the Lights On Bright organization. She continued to spread her love through ER Creations; a greeting card company in which she would make send and sell her cards to support her hobby and donate the money to various charities.

As creative as Shelly was, her many passions were: playing pool league for the VFW, photography, party planning, gardening, card making for her entire family, and quilting. The first quilts she made were for her mother-in-law and for her father.

Surviving Shelly, is her husband of almost 30 years, Kevin of Cheyenne WY; four children: Jacob Bartow of Cheyenne, WY; Paul Bartow of Laramie, WY; Stephanie Bartow of Wabash, NE, Fiancé Jeremy Fisher (Vance) and grandson Jacob (Sparkplug) Vance; Nicole (Tyler) Reeh of Lincoln, NE and granddaughter Leona Reeh; father Gary DeBolt; brother Scott (Jen) DeBolt; sister Sarah DeBolt; many aunts, uncles, brother and sisters in law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceding Shelly in death were her mother Nancy DeBolt and her father-in-law Francis Murphy.


Memorial services for PATRICK “PAT” EILERT, 64, will be held 11am Saturday March 9, 2024, at the Torrington United Methodist Chruch. Pat passed away on January 26, 2024, at his home near Lingle, Wy and cremation has taken place. Colyer Funeral Home assisted the family with the cremation arrangements.

Pat was born on March 14, 1959, in Denver, CO to Ervine and Margaret Eilert. The family also lived in Omaha NE, and Estes Park, CO, before moving north of Lingle in 1972. Pat graduated from Lingle-Fort Laramie High, class of 1977 and shortly after he enlisted in the United States Army. Pat served proudly while assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, the “Screaming Eagles” at Fort Campbell, KY, and with the 546th Maintenance Company, US Army European Command, at Kaiserslautern, Germany. He earned the US Army Sharpshooter Badge for both M-16 Rifle and Hand Grenade. A cowboy at heart and returned to his country roots in Wyoming, where he enjoyed working alongside his father on the family property and caring for his beloved horses, dogs and cats. He attended Casper College and Eastern Wyoming College earning certifications in Automotive and Refrigeration /HVAV Technology. He utilized these skills at various places in Goshen County before starting work at EWC as a Building Automation & HVAC Technician. Pat retired in 2022 after 24 years with EWC.

He is survived by a brother, Michael (Marsha) Eilert of Fuquay Varina, NC; sisters Mary Kaspar of Scottsbluff, NE and Denise (Johnny) Jones of Elizabeth City, NC, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and his special friend, Danni Stamm of Torrington, WY. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ervine Eilert II and Rene Eilert.