Rebecca Lee (Mann) Schmalz | Powell Grandstand

Becky Mann was born in American Falls, Idaho on February 1, 1955, to Robert and Verlene Mann. She grew up on the family farm in Aberdeen, Idaho. She was the youngest of four children.

After graduating from Aberdeen High School in 1973, she moved to Wyoming to begin her adult life. She lived in Rock Springs, Cody, then moved to Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Becky successfully raised her three sons in Wyoming and Pennsylvania and owned her own home cleaning business. She was best known for cleaning large cabins and lodges. She spent many years working for some of the biggest and finest ranches in Wyoming: B4 Ranches (Quaker Oats), Ann Holding, (Sinclair Oil and Little America), and each spring she joined a team with the house/lodge/ranch cleaners to drive up the South Fork to clean billionaire Foster Friess’ estate at Mariposa Ranch. She has also cleaned private homes in the Cody area and many of those clients have become lifelong friends.

Becky loved plants and flowers and worked for many years at Stauffers Greenhouse in Pennsylvania. Wherever she lived, she transformed her home into a beautiful Garden of Eden. Using her artistic talents, Becky worked for Harry Jackson, helping him with his bronzes at the Caleco Foundry. In Cody, she and Don started a very successful Airbnb business that is still thriving today.

With her variety of jobs and while raising her three sons, Becky still found time to hunt. She earned her bragging rights when she caught a big moose in Idaho and a bull elk at the Grizzly Ranch (along with plenty of deer). She has always enjoyed cooking and eating the meat she harvested. She was a good hunter and a good shooter with her father’s old .270!

Becky was a committed Christian who lived her faith on a daily basis. Whether it was someone who was homeless, in need, discouraged, sick or in pain, she always took the time to pray, help and encourage them.

Even in her last days, she prayed and reached out to others. She asked a complete stranger if he “believed in our Lord Jesus Christ”. Becky constructed her own handwritten Bible, and the clergy marveled at the quality of her writing. One recently proclaimed, “If this woman isn’t already in heaven, there is no heaven.

Becky and Don Schmalz met over five years ago at Granny’s restaurant in Cody. They married in Cave Creek, Arizona on December 28, 2018. When asked how she and Don met, she replied, “I spent 50 years looking and finally found him. to Cody!”

They had a wonderful marriage and loved every minute of living in the mountains of Wyoming in the summer and in the winter in Phoenix, Arizona. Together they walked trails, explored museums, flower gardens, antique shops, garage sales and thrift stores.

Almost four years ago, Becky was diagnosed with cancer. She fought a valiant fight and was cared for by many wonderful doctors across the country. At the end, she was surrounded in prayer by many of her wonderful friends and family.

Becky raised three beautiful sons: Brandon Doak (deceased), OJ Doak (Cody) and Tony Martin (Powell). She also has two grandchildren: Teagen Doak and Nicodemus Martin, both of Cody. His siblings are: Patricia (Dale) Palmer, Bonnie (Ken) Oldfield (deceased) and Danny (Susan) Mann.

Becky died at her home and Don’s on Friday, June 10, 2022 in Cody. A celebration of life will be held Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Shreve Lodge on the North Fork of the Shoshone River, about 10 miles west of Cody on the Yellowstone Highway.

According to his wishes, the cremation took place. All friends and family are invited to the celebration of life to show Becky how much she was loved and appreciated.

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