Dianna Kay Alexander
Jul 20, 1944 - May 11, 2011
Dianna Kay Alexander of Riverton died at her home on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. She was 66.
According to her request, cremation has taken place. There will be no services. A celebration of life luncheon for family and friends was held Saturday afternoon, May 14, at the Comfort Inn in Riverton.
Dianna Kay Wilson was born on July 20, 1944, in Holdrege, Neb., the third child born in a family of nine children of David H. "Jeff" Wilson and Lois I. (Snodgrass) Wilson. She attended schools in Holdrege, Wheatland, Guernsey, Boulder, and was graduated from Pinedale High School in 1963.
She did yard work with her Grandfather Snodgrass in Holdrege, worked at the local motels in Pinedale, doing the baking, worked at the Tibbbal's Ranch in Boulder, Gordan's Flying A Dude Ranch, Hines in Thayne, the Daniel Café and helped her mother cook and care for hunters that visited the family home, Silver Creek Outfitters, every fall.
In 1963-64, while working at the café in Daniel, she met her future husband, Ed Alexander. They were married and had two sons -- Lonnie and William. The four of them made homes in Daniel, Big Piney, Jackson, Thayne, and Pinedale. In 1978, the family moved to Park, Kan., where they lived until the boys grew up and left home.
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander moved back to Wyoming in 1987, with Mr. Alexander taking a job driving truck for BTI. They bought a home in theLost Wells Butte area.
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander separated in 2004 and later divorced, at which time she moved into Riverton. Mrs. Alexander first made her home at the Spencer Apartments and then moved to the Owl Creek Apartment where she made her home until her death.
Her family described Mrs. Alexander as a self-taught artist in acrylic painting. She shared her talent with many local families and organizations including the Wyoming Big Horn Sheep Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Hospice, BTI, Fabrizius, Cadwallader, Bessey, and Winfield families. In addition to canvas, she painted on milk cans, frying pans, moose horns, rocks, buffalo skulls, and an old "Red-Flyer" wagon.
The family said she also enjoyed flowers and gardening, watching and feeding birds, collecting bird figurines, and fairy figurines.
Survivors include her sons, Lonnie Alexander and his wife Sheila of Nebraska, and William Alexander and his wife Teresa of Colorado; grandchildren, Samantha and Gabe; ex-husband and still friend, Ed Alexander; sisters, Joyce Barrows and Wendy Dilts and husband Bob of Riverton; brothers, Randy Wilson of Moorcroft, and Tyler Wilson of Boulder; nieces and nephews,Dave Barrows and wife Erin, Elaine Mitchell, Rick Mitchell, Pamela Cowling and husband Kevin, Jessica Dilts and Colby Collins, Jennifer Dilts, Jack Peterson II; great nieces and nephews, LeRoy Barrows, Joshua and Brittany Williams, Amy Elman and husband Mark, Mike Mitchell, and Amelia Dilts-Peterson; great-grand niece, Charlotte Elman; many cousins, friends, and neighbors at Owl Creek Apartments.
Mrs. Alexander was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents, Jeff and Lois Wilson; four brothers, Roy, Mike, David, and Rich; two great nephews; in-laws, and other family members.
Memorials may be made in her name to a charity of the donor's choice.
Cards may be sent to the family in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501, or through her sister, Wendy Dilts, 162 Haymaker Road, Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.