Alma J. Dolan

Jul 2, 2014 Staff

Alma J. Dolan, of Pavillion, died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at her home. She was 70 years old.

Per her request, cremation has taken place. Inurnment will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at the Chief Washakie Cemetery. A celebration of life service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Nicol Ranch.

Alma Jean Deshaw was born Jan. 23, 1944, in Fort Washakie, the daughter of Charles and Elvira (Bowman) Deshaw. She grew up on the family ranch on Plunket Road. After graduating from St. Stephen's High School, she pursued a career in nursing at Bozeman State College in Montana.

She met her future husband, Gary E. Dolan, while working at the Wyoming State Training School in Lander. On Oct. 10, 1964, she married Mr. Dolan at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Laramie.

They lived in Laramie where she was a stay-at-home mother raising her two sons. After Laramie, the family moved to Topeka, Kan., where Mrs. Dolan found time to go back to school. She eventually became a certified ultrasound technician --one of the first in the nation during the early 1970s. She continued to work in the Midwest until after her sons were married.

In 2004, she transferred to Riverton Memorial Hospital where she worked until retiring in 2010.

Her family said she was grateful to serve the people of Wyoming. Although she was plagued with health problems all of her life -- she had rheumatoid arthritis and recently battled cancer -- her family said she was a hard worker who never gave up.

Her family said she was a very special person, one of a kind, and will be missed dearly. They said she always put family above everything else. She enjoyed hunting trips with her family and friends, brandings, family get togethers, a cold beer and speaking her mind whether people liked it or not.

She is survived by her sons, Pivot Dolan of Pavillion and Dart Dolan of Topeka, Kan.; grandchildren Malachai Dolan, Patsy Dolan, Heather Stwert, Lakota Cramer, Brandon Dolan, Jessica Lindley, Jon Lindley and Jason Lindley; great-grandchild Ry Leah Dolan; sisters Detta (Bob) Nicol of Fort Washakie, Cindy Deshaw of Cedar Butte Lane and Maxine Wesaw of Fort Washakie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Alvin "Dusty" Deshaw, Alfred "Smokey" Deshaw and Edward Pugh; and nephews Wayland Nicol and Alfred Deshaw.

Memorials may be made to the Tough Enough Cancer Fund in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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