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Dee N. Wilson

Dee N. Wilson

Sep 20, 1913 - May 31, 2010
Dee N. Wilson died at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton on May 31, 2010. She had celebrated her 96th birthday with family on Sept. 20.

Funeral services are at 11:00 am. on Monday, June 7, 2010, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Riverton with the Rev. Father Andrew Duncan conducting the funeral mass. Visitation and Rosary will be at the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main, in Riverton. Visitation hours are: June 5th, Saturday 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and June 6th, Sunday 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm followed immediately by A Rosary from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Mrs. Dee N. Wilson be laid to final rest at the Santa Rosa, CA Memorial Park Cemetery in Santa Rosa, CA.

Dee N. (Thorpe) Wilson was born on Sept. 20, 1913, on the family homestead farm in Perkins County, S.D. She was the only girl in a pioneering homestead family of five sons and one daughter born to Howard Hartson Thorpe and Blanche (Stephenson) Thorpe. She was born, as were her brothers, Lyndell Howard, Forrest Dow, Edward Glenn, Leland Earl, and Vernon Hartson, in the family's sod house.

She attended rural schools by horseback, excelling her family said in mathematics and English.

At the age of 21, she married James Cecil "Jim" Wilson of Gillette in Spearfish, S.D., on Sept. 14, 1934. Children are-- James Edward, Billie Lee, Stoney, Clayton Rickey, and Jim R.; All born in Wyoming. After several years spent primarily in Colorado and Wyoming the family settled in California where Mrs. Wilson spent the greater part of her adult life.

Following the death of her husband of 61 years in 1995, Mrs. Wilson sold her home in California and relocated to Riverton.

She was of the Catholic faith and member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Riverton.

Her family said she her most enjoyable activities were being with children, rock and roll music- especially Elvis Presley- gardening with roses as her favorite, cooking "from scratch" with pies as her favorite, photography, creating albums-especially family pictorial histories, reading world, national and local news, biographies, and novels, watching and feeding birds especially hummingbirds, driving her cars especial V-8s, and very important conversing with others.

Survivors include daughter, Billie Lee Wright and her daughter Michelle Wright of Riverton; son, Stoney Wilson and his wife Pamela of Riverton and children Sean S. Wilson of Santa Rosa, CA, Daren J. Wilson of Missoula, MT, Rochelle D. Wilson of Missoula, MT; James R. Wilson (step-son) and wife Ruthie of Vail, CO. Grand children are: James Justin Wilson of Dubois and his daughter, Bailey, Shannon (Wilson) Sanderson and her husband Bart and their children, Morgan and Kayden of Riverton; a brother, V. Thorpe of Mesa, Ariz.; two nieces, Cora P. (Wilson) Williams of Buffalo, and Betty (Wilson) Potter of Casper; seven nephews, Larry E. Thorpe of Kihei, Hawaii, Daniel G. Thorpe, Gregory D. Thorpe, Jerry L. Thorpe, Brady J. Thorpe of Mesa, Ariz., and Richard K. Thorpe-Voiles and wife Brynie M. Voiles of Folsom, CA.; sister-in-law, Grace Vivian (Mitchell) Thorpe of Mesa, Ariz.; extended family, Douglas R. Lowe of Mesa, Ariz., Gabriel C. Vaughn of Santa Rose, CA., Dolly Woodward of Texas, Kerri Becker of Riverton, Nancy Zupence of Fort Washakie, Mary and Kirk Miller of Pismo Beach, Calif., John, Kara, and Teal Stoll of Pavillion, Tom and Millie Abernathy of Sweetwater, Louise and Leon Cook of Dubois. Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents, Blanche and Howard Thorpe; her husband of 61 years, James Cecil Wilson who died on Sept. 21, 1995; sons, James Edward Wilson, Clayton Rickey Wilson of Santa Rosa, Calif.; grandson, Russell C. Wilson of Santa Rosa; niece, Shirley Lee (Thorpe) Lowe of Thermopolis and Mesa, Ariz.; sisters-in-laws, Sylvia Louise (Cooley) Thorpe of Cody, Jean (Bean) Thorpe of Mesa, Ariz., Doris Thorpe of Jackson, Calif., and four brothers, Lyndell H., Forrest D., Leland E., and Edward G Thorpe. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City, Utah, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main, Riverton WY 82501, or the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.