Dorothy Darlene Bays, 91, of Casper, a lifelong resident of Wyoming, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Mountain Plaza Assisted Living in Casper.
She was born to the late Swedish emigrant Fredrick Nelson and Elisabeth Anderson Nelson on August 20, 1932, in Laramie, Wyoming.
Dorothy graduated from Riverton High School in Riverton, Wyoming May, 1950.
Dorothy married John Logan Bays on Nov. 29, 1950 in Riverton, Wyoming. They were married for 60 years until the death of John on Dec. 10, 2010. She and John lived in various places in Wyoming including Pilot Butte, Dutch Camp and Midwest before finally making Casper their permanent home.
Dorothy worked for Wyoming Medical Center for 20 years. After retiring, she and John traveled domestically and internationally visiting relatives and friends.
Dorothy’s interests included camping, snow skiing with John and family, playing bridge, cribbage, mahjong and building a massive collection of Kewpie dolls.
Dorothy was a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her two children: William F. Bays (Gerry Minick) of Casper and Debra J. Dennis (Marty) of Sparks, NV; grandson Chanse Logan Dennis (Emily); great-grandchildren, Olivia Jane Dennis and Everett Logan Dennis all of Reno, NV.
She is preceded in death by her husband John L. Bays, parents, Fredrick and Elisabeth Nelson, sisters, Iva Harlan and Betty Farens, brothers, Carl Berg and Martin Berg.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to your favorite charities.
At Dorothy’s request, no funeral service will be held at this time. Instead, a small family service will be held at the gravesite. John A. Bays will deliver the eulogy.
Pall Bearers will be William F. Bays, Chanse L. Dennis, James Bays, Jerel Bays, Mike Bays and Marty Dennis. Honorary Pall Bearers will be Gerald Bays and John A. Bays.
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