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Dena Smith

Dena Smith

Aug 29, 1968 - Mar 9, 2024

Dena Jean Smith, 54, of Riverton, Wyoming passed away at her residence on March 9, 2024.  A rosary will be held at Eagle Hall at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. Funeral service will be on March 14, 2024 at 10:00 am at St. Stephens Catholic with burial following at Arapaho Cemetery.


Dena, known to her friends and family as ‘Big D’ was born on August 29, 1968 in Riverton, Wyoming to Lewis Edward and Barbara Ann (Smith) Perea. She attended University of Arizona in 1986 and 1987 and then Central Wyoming College in 1988 and 1989.


She worked in Salt Lake City, Utah for ten years before returning to Riverton, Wyoming in 2005. She worked at the Delta Center during the 2002 Winter Olympics. She was also a child care provider for forty years.


Dena did not have children or grandchildren of her own but took her siblings children and grandchildren as her own. All children were drawn to her and loved her


Dena loved to play coin master, liked movies, spending time with her grandchildren, drinking beer, and taking care of cats.


She is survived by her mother, Barbar Ann Perea; sons, Curtis Oldman, Louis Oldman, Alfred Smith, and Bradley Smith; daughters, Shielyn Perea, Serena Perea, Cecilia Rodriguez, and Anne White; brother, Darwin Smith Perea; sisters, Teresa Brockhouse Hembrough, Trina Ramirez, and Candida White; and grandchildren, Mielyn, Louis, Lucius, and Charels Perea, Royal Underwood, A’dan and Tevon Monroe, Thomasina, Darwin, Louis, Jr., Tennilissia, Sunrise, and Sunset Oldman, Jamie and Heaven Seminole, Royaltie Mijia, Marcelina, Haily, and Brodie III Potter, Santino and Eviana Tillman; and Anastaciia White.


She was preceded in death by her father, Louis Perea; brother, Michael White; and nephews, Kyle White and Brodie Potter.


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Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Crematory, and Monuments