Lila VeLois (Harper) Richards, of Evansville, WY. On this peaceful Psalm Sunday, April 5th while birds were singing, the sunshine reflected beautifully off Casper Mountain, while surrounded with the love of her family, Lila took flight. Wings spread wide into the Azure blue skies where she will forever be free to soar.
On a cold winter morning January 28th, 1932 in Silt, Colorado, Robert A. Harper and Edna M. (Riddle) Harper joyfully announced their new baby girl Lila VeLois Harper. At home Lila was greeted with love by her older sister Twila and brother Lloyd. Soon, she would be welcoming younger siblings Nelda, Colene, Robert “Pug”, Emily, and Jack.
Lila enjoyed life to the fullest, always on the go. Raising six children, There was never a dull moment. In the early 1960’s Lila drafted maps for Mapi. Soon after she joined the Retail Clerks Local 7 as a secretary and quickly moved into the Union Steward position. Through hard work and dedication, she worked her way into management with Safeway Stores in Casper until her retirement.
Lila joined the Casper Eagles Aerie #306 Women Auxiliary in 1966. Lila was honored to hold Women’s Auxiliary Local President and, later would become State Auxiliary Honorary Mother of the year. You could find her calling Bingo or along with husband Johnny Richards working hard in the kitchen. She also bowled her way Into the 200 and 600 Club. Lila was very creative which showed in all her arts and crafts. She always was getting a call to work her magic on weddings and special occasions.
Lila loved life in general, but her real happiness was her family. Lila’s 6 children blessed her with 10 Grandchildren, 15 Great Grandchildren and five Great-Great Grandchildren. Lila was known not only as Grandma, she also went by the names Gigi and Nana. She loved each and every one of her Grandchildren, as much as they loved her, and she was proud to speak about her 5th Generation photo that hung on the wall. Lila was a proud Grandmother all the way. At the age of 85, for the first time in her life Lila was more than honored to be the Flower Girl in her Granddaughter Shawn’s wedding. She would joke “there is a first time for everything.”
Lila leaves behind a sister Emily Rosette of Casper, Daughters, Glenda (Smith) Brewster, Ft Lupton. Co, VeLois Smith, Joann Clark (Rick) Hytrek of Mills, Paula Miller (Mark) Juneau of Arvada, Co, Sons, Dale and (Sherri) Smith, Dan and (Chris) Clark of Evansville WY.
Lila had a special place in her heart for Kathy (Richards) and Joe Rohr of Casper, WY, and Pam Richards of Kissimmee, FL. Lila also leaves behind her special friend and Caregiver Roy Vega. We know Roy went above and beyond to give Lila the love and care she deserved, and we are especially thankful every time we look at the photos of all the fun trips they took.
Lila also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Lila was greeted in Heaven with open arms by her Parents Robert and Edna Harper of Casper WY, her siblings Twila Harper (Ted) Allen of Santiquin, Utah, Lloyd Harper of Arlington TX, Nelda Harper of Evans, Co, Bobbie C. Harper (Jerry Dean) Stoneking of Evansville WY, Robert “Puggy” Harper of Glenrock, WY Jack (Judy) Harper of Sparks NV, and her step-daughter Connie (Richards) Lanouette of Plant City, FL
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