September 25,1924 – September 8, 2018
Khariman J. Creswell passed away quietly at her home in Sheridan on September 8, 2018. She was born in Carroll County, Indiana to Charles L. Babcock and Grace Snell Babcock on September 25,1924 at her grandfather’s farm. Khariman and her parents moved to Sioux City, IA in 1927 where her father was employed by the railroad. In 1930 the family moved to Rapid City, SD where the family lived in a cabin on Rapid Creek. In 1931 the family moved to Sheridan, WY where Khariman attended Coffeen Elementary School. She graduated Sheridan High School in 1942 and went on to attend Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, SD and then went on to Greeley State College to complete her teaching certificate. Khariman was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma which she continued to be involved in following college. After a 6-year courtship, Khariman married Vaughn Creswell in 1947 at the First Methodist Church in Sheridan. They recently celebrated their 71st anniversary. The couple then moved on to the Creswell Family Ranch on Big Goose. Khariman began her teaching career at Pleasant Valley School on Big Goose while Vaughn milked a herd of Holstein cows at the Big Goose place. They were soon blessed with two daughters Deborah and Patricia. In 1961, the family moved to the Bow and Arrow Ranch north of Arvada on Powder River which was homesteaded in the late 1880’s. Khariman schooled the girls in a one room school house on the ranch and assured that they were both very active and successful in 4H. Khariman was an excellent cook, an avid reader and enjoyed needle point and playing the piano. Khariman was preceded in death by her parents, sister Charlene Ledbetter, and brother William Babcock. Khariman is survived by her husband Vaughn; daughters Deborah (Jack) Barkley and Patricia Creswell; 5 grandchildren; Jason (Emily) Barkley, Jennifer (Paul) Ryan, Julie (John) Hoffer, Heather Hosford and Cristina (Levi) Gorzalka. There are 9 great-grandchildren Jackson, Ethan, and Henry Ryan, Lucy and Charles Barkley, Margaret and Thomas Hoffer, Tildyn and Tallis Gorzalka; nieces Kim Phillips and Pam Sajec; and nephews David (Melody) Ledbetter and Mark (Jennifer) Ledbetter; and numerous other great nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the in-home health care givers and Hospice for the excellent care that they provided to Khariman in her home during her last days. There will be a private family graveside service for Khariman. Online condolences may be written at www.championfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Champion Funeral Home.