Obituary: Carmella Jean ‘Rusty’ (Clark) Endecott


Carmella Jean (Clark) Endecott, known as Rusty,” was born on Sept. 13, 1944, in Afton, Wyoming. She passed away on Nov. 16, at Eastern Idaho Hospital in Idaho Falls.  

Rusty married Gerry D. Endecott on Jan. 26, 1968. They went to work for the O’Neil Hereford Ranch in Big Piney.  They raised five kids who all graduated from Big Piney High School. 

Rusty and her sister, Susan Park, had a country duo called Wyoming Red. They traveled to Cowboy Poetry gatherings for 12 years and won several awards. Rusty played the bass guitar and sang. They made four CDs of their music and old classics.  

Gerry and Rusty spent most of their years after the kids grew up and moved from home at the Little Jennie Ranch in Bondurant. They retired in January 2018 and moved to the Green River Ranches in Daniel.  

Rusty was preceded in death by her parents, George and Erna Clark, a daughter, Georgia Bingham, a son, Dennis Endecott, and a sister-in-law, Janet Clark. 

She is survived by her husband, Gerry Endecott, a sister, Susan Park and her husband Gary of Evanston, a brother, Dan Clark of Seattle, Wash., and a son-in-law, Jay Bingham of Hobson, Mont. 

She is also survived by their three children, Jeff Endecott and wife Veronica of Kemmerer, Jan Soester of Marsland, Neb., and Mindy Griffin and husband Steve of Meeteetse.  

She was blessed with seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

At the request of Rusty, she will be cremated and there will be no services.