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Hope Starwalt

May 11, 2012 - Staff

Hope Starwalt died Friday, May 4, 2012, at her home in Riverton. She was 86 years old.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton, with viewing one hour preceding. Interment followed at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.

Kathryn Hope Jackman was born Aug. 31, 1925, in Lawrenceville, Ill., the daughter of Mack Herbert Jackman and Mary Grace (Bass) Jackman. She graduated from high school in Lawrenceville and Vincennes University in Indiana. Mrs. Starwalt was a registered nurse.

She married Leonard R. Starwalt on July 2, 1949, in Laramie.

She was of the Baptist faith and belonged to the Hillcrest Baptist Church where she helped with vacation Bible school and sang in the choir. She was the Hillcrest "Mother of the Year" in 1996.

Her family said Mrs. Starwalt dedicated her life to nursing in Illinois, Utah and Wyoming. She first came to Riverton in 1948, and then the family moved to Riverton in 1954. She worked in Riverton on the first day the old Riverton Memorial Hospital opened and on the first day the present hospital opened. They said she had a passion for intensive care.

The family said Mrs. Starwalt loved to watch baseball, basketball and football. She had played on a women's softball team in the 1940s and served as treasurer of the Riverton Legion baseball team.

Survivors include her daughter, Pam Rivers and husband Rod; grandchildren Amy Wagner and her husband Matt, Crystal Myers and husband Cody, and Lindsey Thornock and husband Ross; eight great-grandchildren, Jaden Myers, Bailey Myers, Adelita Wagner, Katie Wagner, Brook Wagner, Rylee Wagner, Dennis Thornock and Zachary Thornock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Starwalt, and a son, Steven Starwalt.

Memorials may be made to the children's program at Hillcrest Baptist Church or the Help for Health Hospice program in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton (www.theDavisFuneralHome.com.

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