Oct. 26, 1936–Nov. 1, 2023


Loretta Jean Taylor Burleson passed away peacefully from this world to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 1, 2023, at the age of 87. 


Jean was the daughter of Albert B. Taylor and Caroline Marie Beckton Taylor. She was born Oct. 26, 1936, at the family ranch in Horton, Wyoming, near Four Corners, Wyoming. 


Jean attended school at Horton through eighth grade and was a 1955 graduate of Newcastle High School. She then attended Black Hills State College. 


She married William G. Burleson on Oct. 7, 1956, in Newcastle, Wyoming. They had two children, Connie A. Burleson Kuhn and Jim A. Burleson. 


Jean had various secretarial jobs in Newcastle. Her favorite place of employment was First State Bank of Newcastle where she worked for several years, retiring in 2005.


Jean enjoyed baking and gardening. 


She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Burleson; her parents; and her brother, Richard Taylor. 


Jean is survived by her significant other, Gideon Dixon; sister, Marge Taylor Bender of Casper, Wyoming; daughter, Connie (Denny) Kuhn of Scott City, Kansas; son, Jim (Melinda) Burleson of Newcastle; five grandchildren, Jared (Audra) Bogard of Lansing, Kansas, Adrian (Brady) Wheeler of Blanchard, Oklahoma, Emily (Mark) Boedeker of Lawrence, Kansas, Colter (Codie) Burleson of Newcastle, and Rory (Hannah) Burleson of Butte, Montana; 12 great-grandchildren, Adelaide Boedeker, Wakley, Brayton, Olivia, Ainsley Burleson, Josette, Orion, Isaac Wheeler, Maya, Ethan, Halle Bogard, and Laine Durler; as well as several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services for Jean were held Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Newcastle. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery, followed by a gathering at the Methodist church for family and friends. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Weston County Manor.


Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Meridian Mortuary, 111 S. Railway Ave., Newcastle, Wyoming 82701, or expressions of sympathy may also be made online at meridianmortuary.com.


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