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Feb 21, 2013 - Staff
Signe Aspinwall, of Riverton, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at her home. She was 74 years old.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Neighborhood Alliance Church with Pastor Kurt Niemeyer officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Signe Kay Strand was born July 28, 1938, in Wolf Point, Mont., the daughter of Melvin F. and Grace E. (Stilson) Strand. She spent her youth in Montana, graduating high school from Nashua, Mont., in 1956.
She met her husband, Jim Aspinwall, while he was in the Airforce. They were married Sept. 16, 1956, in Glasgow, Mont. While raising their three children they lived in Florida, Colorado, Nevada and finally Wyoming in 1971 where she lived until her passing. While in Nevada she received her bachelor's degree from Nevada Southern University with the class of 1970.
After moving to Riverton, she taught geography at Riverton Junior High School and was also a Fremont County School District 25 Title 1 Coordinator. She retired after 25 years in education.
Although she was retired she kept busy with playing bridge, reading, gardening, meeting good friends, exercising at Curves, and volunteering at Neighborhood Alliance Church and at Abba's House where she was a past director as well.
She was a member of the Neighborhood Alliance Church where she was a Deaconess, a Sunday school teacher, and served on the church board. She also hosted a Bible study group in her home for 23 years as well as women's Bible study on Tuesday mornings.
She is survived by her son, Philip Aspinwall of Riverton; daughter Deborah Coleman and her husband David of Huntsville, Ala.; sister Phylis Smith of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers Palmer Strand and his wife Patricia of Spokane, Wash., and Robert Strand and his wife Margaret of Quesnel, B.C., Canada; grandchildren Christopher Coleman, Alexis Coleman, William Peterson and Nyko Claybaugh; and numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jim; daughter Glenna Claybaugh; sister Petra Siemens; and brothers Melvin Strand and Kenneth Strand.
Memorials may be made to Abba's House or the James B. and Signe K. Aspinwall Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Neighborhood Alliance Church in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.