Marianne Shenefelt was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up on a ranch northeast of Cheyenne, Wyoming. She married Francis (Frank) T. Shenefelt at Cheyenne in 1968, and they have lived in Cheyenne since that time. Frank retired from the State of Wyoming and the Wyoming Air National Guard. Both Marianne and Frank are avid pickleball players. They are the parents of one daughter, Holly. Holly is a Colonel in the United States Air Force and is the Commander of the 153 rd Support Group of the Wyoming Air National Guard, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Most Worthy Grand Matron

Marianne is retired from the Health Department of the State of Wyoming. Marianne was initiated into Burns Chapter No. 47, Burns, Wyoming, in 1979 with her sister, Louise Anderson. She served Burns Chapter as Worthy Matron three times. Daughter Holly is a member of Burns Chapter, making five generations of Eastern Star in Marianne’s family. Marianne is a dual member, as well as a Charter Member, of Harmony Chapter No. 53, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

In 1998, Marianne was appointed to serve as a Grand Representative of Manitoba in Wyoming by Worthy Grand Matron Rebecca Dolling. In 2000, she was appointed to serve as Wyoming’s Grand Esther by Worthy Grand Matron Patricia Harwood and Worthy Grand Patron Chuck Gragg.

Marianne was elected Associate Grand Conductress of Wyoming in 2001 and installed as Worthy Grand Matron of the Grand Chapter of Wyoming in 2004. In 2005, she and Worthy Grand Patron Larry Farnham presided at the 108th Grand Chapter of Wyoming’s "Circle of Friendship" Session in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Marianne was appointed by Most Worthy Grand Matron Barbara Benton and Most Worthy Grand Patron William Owen to serve on the 2006-2009 Heart Committee of the General Grand Chapter. In November of 2009, at the General Grand Chapter’s 46th Triennial Assembly in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Marianne was elected Right Worthy Associate Grand Conductress of the General Grand Chapter. She served in the requisite elected line offices of General Grand Chapter and was installed as the Most Worthy Grand Matron November 2018 at the 49th Triennial Assembly held in Orlando, Florida.

Service Projects

More from Marianne Shenefelt


  • Circle of Friends Cookbook - $24.00
  • WY Circle of Friends Butterfly Pin - $20.00
  • 50th Anniversary Pin - $20.00
  • Circle of Friends 2018
  • Circle of Friends 2015
  • Circle of Friends 2012
  • WY Bucking Horse lapel pin - $5.00
  • Wyoming Rhinestone pin - $10.00
  • Cowboy Hat Pins:
    • Ruby
    • Amethyst
    • Sapphire
    • Emerald

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