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Obituaries: Hopper, Lee, Carpenter, Woodruff, Tibbets

Mary A. Hopper

Mary A. Hopper, 90, of Cheyenne, passed away March 30, 2020 at Davis Hospice Center.

She was born August 16, 1929, in Isle Valen, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, Canada to Simon and Margaret Bennett.

Mary met her husband, Frank, while he was stationed in Newfoundland with the U.S. Navy. He brought her to the U.S. when he was discharged from the U.S. Navy. They were married August 23, 1952 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cheyenne.

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Mary worked in the health care industry. She was an avid Bingo player and loved to go on car rides with her husband, Frank.

Mary is survived by two sons, Patrick Hopper (Patti) and Bryon Hopper (Shelly) of Cheyenne; six grandchildren, Kylee Nelson (Kirk), Shawnna Hopper, Valerie Hopper, Brett Hopper, all of Cheyenne, Greg Hopper of Jelm, WY and Kasi Caretto (Matt) of Phoenix, AZ; and six great-grandchildren, Cadence Hopper, Hudson Garcia, Kase and Kenley Nelson, all of Cheyenne, and Jay and Leo Caretto of Phoenix, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Simon and Margaret Bennett, two brothers, Austin Bennett and Peter Bennett, and her husband, Frank Hopper.

Cremation has taken place and services will be announced at a later date

James R Lee

James R. Lee, 81, died April 1, 2020 at Granite Wellness and Rehabilitation. Jimmy was born on October 29, 1938 in Cheyenne, to Oliver and Helen Lee, one of ten children.

Upon leaving school, Jimmy worked in construction, specializing in dry wall. Jimmy was a hard worker and took pride in his work. Jimmy enjoyed referring to himself as Jimmy Lee Martinez to better fit in with his Spanish speaking coworkers. Jimmy enjoyed fishing, going to the rodeo, and gambling at the VFW.

Jimmy married Gloria Horn and had two sons, Robert Lee and Bret Lee. He later married, Barbara.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; seven sisters and two brothers.

He is survived by his two sons; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Jimmy will be remembered and missed by family and friends as well as the staff at PACE, Granite Wellness and Rehabilitation and Mountainside Apartments where he lived for many years. May he rest in peace. Cremation is under the care of Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at

Mabel Mae Carpenter

Mabel Mae Carpenter, 90, passed away at home on March 30, 2020. She was born May 1, 1929 in Ogden, UT. She met her lifelong love, Elden Carpenter in Ogden and they moved to Cheyenne in 1954. She worked outside the home for a few years until she devoted herself to motherhood and homemaking.

She is survived by her sons, Mark Carpenter (Diane) and Thomas Carpenter (Dianne); her grandchildren, Kevin Carpenter, Brian Carpenter, Ryan Cole and Rachel Bauks (Ben); and her great grandchildren, Grace and Nolan Bauks.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elden; and grandchild, Ronnie Cole.

A memorial service will be held later.

Leroy Furman Woodruff

Leroy Furman Woodruff, age 92, was called home April 2, 2020 at his residence with his family surrounding him. 

A self-described “plain old country boy”, Roy was born in 1927 in Tintah, Minnesota to George and Theolyn Woodruff. As was customary, Roy entered adulthood early to build B29 bombers for the US Air Force in Belvedere, Nebraska. Roy then joined the United States Navy at 18, serving in the Pacific Theater in WWII as a Teleman and Radioman 3rd Class Petty Officer on both the USS Topeka and the USS Iowa, earning Asiatic-Pacific, American Theater, Victory and Good Conduct medals.  He completed active duty at Moffett Field, California and continued as a reservist in Olathe, Kansas. 

Roy married Phyllis Elaine Goin and had three children. The later divorced.  He then met Josephine “Jo” DeLong in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The two married in 1966, blending their two families into one.

Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine; daughter, Rowena; son, Glen; and step-son, Phil. 

He is survived by daughter, Janice (Tim) Hiltunen; step-daughters, Terri Campbell, Kay Campbell and Nan Hampton; daughter-in-law, Melissa Woodruff; step-son, Rick Campbell; son-in-law, Arthur Crane; 7 grandchildren; many beloved great and great-great grandchildren; and his brother, Robert.

While Roy was an avid hunter, model airplane builder, fan of anything Ford and tireless provider, he is most remembered for his love of family. He was a fixture at family reunions and never missed a chance to host a barbecue for all his family and friends where his gentle kindness, warm hugs and first class sense of humor were offered to all who entered his home. 

After spending time in Texas and the mid-west, Roy settled in Cheyenne, becoming a devoted neighbor and member of Ascension Lutheran Church.  

A memorial service to be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

Services are entrusted to Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.

Donald Lee Tibbets

Donald Lee Tibbets, 82, of Cheyenne, was called to Glory in Heaven on March 30, 2020 in Cheyenne. He was born November 21, 1937 to Virgil Ray Tibbets and Edna Eugenia Barnes Landreth in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Don was a graduate of Denver Tech where he learned electronics preparing for his eventual career in the Wyoming Air National Guard.

He married Ruth Ann Brown in Casper, Wyoming on June 5, 1958.
Don served 30 years in the Wyoming Air National Guard and retired as Chief Master Sargent. He was very involved in the lives of his children including 4H, Parent Teacher Organization. He was active in the Wyoming Sports Officials Association refereeing grade and junior high school football games. He taught Sunday School with his wife Ruth Ann at Highlands Presbyterian Church at the high school level. After his retirement he was a chaplain for Trucker’s Christian Chapel at the TA Truckstop. He was an active member of North Cheyenne Baptist Church.

Fly fishing, tying his own flies, drawing and painting horses and ceramic figures were his main hobbies. He loved to go camping and rooted on the Wyoming Cowboys and Denver Broncos.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Ann, parents, stepmother Ruth Tibbets, brother Keith, and granddaughter, Krystal.

Don is survived by sons Don Jr., and Tim, and daughters Sandy (Hinners), and Joan, and 2 grandsons.

Services will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Association, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, or Truckers Christian Chapel c/o North Cheyenne Baptist Church, or a charity of your choice.

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