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Dorothy Marie Draper

Feb 28, 2017 - From staff reports

Dorothy Marie Draper of Shoshoni died Feb. 23, 2017, at her home. She was 94 years old.

Viewing is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the LDS Church in Newcastle. Services follow at 10:30 a.m., also at the church.

Dorothy Marie Anderson was born Nov. 19, 1922, in Fairfield, Iowa, to Raymond Alfred and Pearl Esther Glee (McCleary) Anderson. She was raised in Fairfield. She started kindergarten at age 4 and completed high school at 17. She was in the first class to graduate from the "new" high school after the old one burned down.

She worked as a waitress at the Turner Hotel in Fairfield and as an assistant in an ear, nose and throat doctor's office. When World War II broke out she went to Rock Island, Illinois, in the arsenal division and worked at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, California, from 1944 through 1945. While she was in California she enjoyed dancing at Lawrence Welk's Aragon Ballroom and going to Santa Monica Beach. After the war, she worked as a telephone operator in Fairfield, Iowa.

After coming to Wyoming for a visit, she met the love of her life, Boyd Draper. They were married on Nov. 12, 1946, in Newcastle. They had two daughters, Amy and Linda. She lived in Osage, Wyoming, until 2011 when she moved to Shoshoni.

Mrs. Draper was the secretary of the Women's Club in Osage in the 1960s. She belonged to the VFW Auxiliary. She was a member of the church of Latter Day Saints.

She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, dancing, cooking, bowling, sewing, reading, picnics, movies, and church. She loved visiting friends and being with her grandchildren, especially taking them to the movies and roller skating.

Dorothy Draper is survived by her daughters, Amy (Raymond) Douglas of Osage, and Linda (Hoot) Crichton of Shoshoni; sister-in-law Winnie Fish of Hillsdales, Michigan; grandchildren Cameron (Kami) Douglas of Ramona, California, Tammy (John) Bird of Osage, Lori Johnson of Oklahoma, Monte Crichton of Reno, Nevada, Melanie Crichton of Brunswick, Georgia; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Pearl Anderson; her husband, Boyd Draper; brother, John Anderson; sister, Colleen Van Drimmelen; great-granddaughter Abbygail Crichton.

Services are under the direction of Worden Funeral Directors of Newcastle and the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

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