Dianna Alexander - May 22, 2011
Dianna Kay Alexander of Riverton, Wyo., died at her home on Wednesday, May 22, 2011. She was 66.
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, Neb., and Wheatland, Guernsey, and Boulder, Wyo., and was graduated from Pinedale (Wyo.) 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 Tibbal’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 who visited the family home, Silver Creek Outfitters, every fall.
In 1963-64, while working at the cafe 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, Wyo. 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 the Lost Wells Butte area.
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander separated in 2004 and later divorced, at which time she moved into Riverton. She first made her home at the Spencer Apartments, then moved to the Owl Creek Apartment where she made her home until her death.
Her family described her 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.
She also enjoyed flowers and gardening, watching and feeding birds, collecting bird figurines, and fairy figurines.
Survivors include her sons, Lonnie Alexander and wife Sheila of Wauneta, Neb., and William Alexander and wife Teresa of Colorado; grandchildren, Samantha and Gabe; ex-husband and still friend, Ed Alexander; sisters, Joyce Barrows and Wendy and husband Bob Dilts of Riverton; brothers, Randy Wilson of Moorcroft, Wyo., and Tyler Wilson of Boulder, Wyo.; nieces and nephews: Dave Barrows and wife Erin, Elaine and husband Rick Mitchell, Pamela and husband Kevin Cowling, Jessica Dilts and Colby Collins, Jennifer Dilts and husband Jack Peterson II; great nieces and nephews: LeRoy Barrows, Joshua and Brittany Williams, Amy and husband Mark Elman, Mike Mitchell and Amelia Dilts-Peterson; great grand niece, Charlotte Elman; many cousins, friends and neighbors at Owl Creek Apartments.
She 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.
According to Dianna’s request, cremation took place. There was no service but a Celebration of Life luncheon for family and friends was held Saturday afternoon, May 14, at the Comfort Inn in Riverton.
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.