Mar 14, 2012 - StaffDarlene F. Cooper, 87, died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Riverton Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the United Methodist Church of Riverton. Pastor Mark Thurman officiates and burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.
Viewing is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
Darlene Frances Schmuck was born Jan. 9, 1925, on the family ranch 50 miles north of Douglas, the daughter of Charley and Viola (Parrott) Schmuck. When the ranch dried up when she was 11 years old, the family moved to the Pavillion area. She later told family she helped build the Pavillion Church by putting shingles on a hod for her father to put on the roof. She graduated early from Pavillion High School on April 9, 1942. The students had gone to school on Saturdays so they could go to work on the farm or join military service.
She married Dale Cooper on Feb. 23, 1946, two weeks after his discharge from the U.S. Army Air Corps. The couple moved to their home on Cooper Road in 1947.
Mrs. Cooper worked with her husband on the farm while raising their three children.
She was a Cub Scout leader, started the Big Bend 4-H Club and was a leader for many years. Mrs. Cooper was an election judge for 40 years and belonged to an extension club. She was a hospital volunteer for many years, a member of and held offices in the United Methodist Church, a Sunday School teacher, and she was active in the United Methodist Women.
Mrs. Cooper is survived by her son, Craig Cooper and his wife Carol; daughters Gayle Sexton and Colleen Anderson and her husband Clyde, all of Riverton; sister Ina Mae Harris and her husband Gordon and sister-in-law Dorothy Schmuck, all of Mackay, Idaho; a brother, Walter Schmuck and his wife Winnie of Riverton; sister-in-law Iris Bartlett of Casper; brothers-in-law Melvin Cooper and Darrell Cooper of Riverton; grandchildren Chris Cooper and family of Cheyenne, Geoff Cooper and family of St. Louis, Cathy Cooper Rosenthal and husband Shane of Sheridan, Grant Anderson of Anchorage, Alaska, Kyle Anderson and family of Williston, N.D., Erin Anderson Castle and family of Casper, Bret Sexton and wife Danielle of Englewood, Colo., and Courtney Sexton of San Francisco, Calif.; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale; sisters Velma Steenbock, Luella Hippe and Erma Brooks of Riverton; and brother Marion Schmuck of Mackay, Idaho.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Riverton, in care of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home (www.theDavisFuneralHome.com) of Riverton.
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