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Clarene Law grew up in a family that was always on the move chasing work, came to Jackson with near nothing and then, over decades, became the best-known woman in the county: successful, respected, honored.

Starting with one husband but depending mostly on her second, Law made a lodging business empire a piece at a time, was active in the Latter-day Saints, served on boards and committees and finally spent seven terms in the Wyoming House. It seemed she knew everyone and helped many of them, remembered the names of customers who considered her family, advised and encouraged everyone she met.

Clarene Law memorial

A message board hangs on the wall outside the Antler Inn entrance Tuesday morning for mourners to add notes of appreciation and love for the late Clarene Law. Law, probably the best known woman in Jackson Hole, died last Wednesday at St. John’s Health. She was 89.

Clarene Law - Women of Influence

Longtime hotelier and former Wyoming legislator Clarene Law built a business empire in Jackson, and always credited family and employees.

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Clarene Law and her husband, Creed, in 1975.

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Clarene Law in her office at the 49er Inn, October 1991.

Clarene Law at Wyo. State Legislature

Jackson Hole High School intern Brie Richardson works with Rep. Law during the 1997 legislative session.

Looking Back

Manuel Lopez shares a hug with Clarene Law after a ceremony in August 2014 at Town Square, where Lopez was presented with the Power of Place award from the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Lopez, who had been a business partner with Law at Snow King Resort for about three decades, died of cancer less than six months later. Law died last week at age 89.

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Clarene Law introduces former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the 49er Inn in August 2007. Law endorsed Romney’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination the following year.

"And I had Fun!" by Clarene Law

Clarene Law spent two years writing a memoir, “And I had Fun!” that was published earlier this year.

Clarene Law memorial

On Tuesday morning, flowers along with a banner and message board were placed outside the entrance of the Antler Inn to honor the memory of Clarene Law following her death Sept. 21 at the age of 89. Law had a career that included building, one piece at a time, one of the biggest lodging businesses in town and also serving in the Wyoming House of Representatives.