Doreen Mae Carpenter was born to Givens and Elfrida (Dezember) Waddell on May 1, 1923 in Blandford Indiana. Doreen was one of ten children born to the couple: Arthur, George, Gilbert, Givens (Jr), Johnny, Richard, Barb, Irma and Stella. Doreen was close with all her siblings. She took care of many of them in their final days.
Doreen married Elvey “Bert” Edwards in 1940. Their union blessed Doreen with her most precious gifts, her sons. Bert (Tommy) in 1941 and James (Jimmy) in 1944. Both sons were very special to her, and she was fiercely protective over both until her last breath.
After her divorce from Bert, Doreen met Kirk Carpenter and they married in 1957. Doreen and Kirk enjoyed many adventures. Doreen loved to hunt and was proud to have shot her own elk. She loved the Tetons and camping. She loved to watch car racing and wrestling. She loved playing Bingo and often won. Doreen grew up in the hills of Kentucky and she was tough. She believed in feeding guests who stopped by and always had a Southern dish waiting on the stove.
Doreen was a caretaker all of her life. She worked as a nursing assistant before certifications were required, working in hospitals, and eventually caring for elderly in their homes into her eighties. At the age of 85 Doreen became a greeter for a local store where she loved seeing all of the babies come in. She would often talk about a precious child she had met that day.
Doreen loved children. She would hold babies for as long as they would let her and rock them. She spent a lot of her time with a crochet hook in her hand and made many blankets for her loved ones. Doreen had a passion for pigs and has a crazy collection of pigs in her home. She also loved to watch her “preacher” on Sunday and was very sad at his passing this past year. She loved to read the bible and kept it close at hand. Doreen loved bull dogs. Timex, Princess and Angel kept her company in her final years.
Doreen lived independently in her home until 2 months ago when she entered Hospice. She left us at the age of 98 on July 16th to enter heaven and will be dearly missed by those she left behind. Doreen is survived by her sons, Bert (Esther) Edwards of Casper, WY and James (Nancy) Edwards of Tacoma, WA. Doreen left 8 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren. Doreen had many beloved nieces and nephews. Her great niece, Hariah, was very special to her. Doreen was preceded in death by her husband, Kirk, her siblings and one great-great grandson.
In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to the Casper Humane Society.
A viewing will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Thursday July 29. Services will be held immediately after at 11:00 am. Followed by burial at Memorial Gardens.
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P.O. Box 2997
Mills, WY 82644
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