Donna Wray Grant, age 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Glenrock, Wyoming on Monday, April 4th 2022.
Donna was born in Douglas, Wyoming on Tuesday, November 20th 1934 to Fredrick Daniel “Fred” and Evelyn Wray (Stoddard) Grant. She considered it an honor that she was the oldest grandchild and cousin in her family. Her favorite thing in life was to be the older sister to her brother, Richard. He was her sun, moon, and stars for all the years he walked the earth. She loved growing up on the family ranch in the Boxelder Park area. Donna attended rural school through the 8th grade and then had to go to town for High School where she got to stay with her Grandma, Sarah Hiser Grant, and graduated from Glenrock-Parkerton High School in 1953.
Donna was dedicated and loyal to any organization she was involved in. She was active in 4-H through her school years and continued as a leader most of her adult life. Rarely would she miss a County Fair. She loved to watch the livestock shows and would spend hours looking at all of the exhibits entered. She would talk to every one she came into contact with.
She was a proud member of the Wyoming Pioneer Association. The annual meeting, and Pioneer Day at the Wyoming State Fair, was one of her favorite and most anticipated days of the year. She so enjoyed talking to everybody there. Donna was very proud that her family, the Fred Grant family, was recognized as a Centennial Farm and Ranch family during the 100th anniversary of the Wyoming State Fair. She was a member of the Converse County Cowbells for many years and was so proud that she had her own herd of cattle that wore her brand, the G2. She ran her cattle with her dad, brother, and nephew and with their yellow ear tags, she could always spot her cows in the herd. Even though cows were her livelihood, she had a special love for sheep and especially lambs. She told so many stories about feeding bum lambs and hearing their little blatting and seeing their tails wag.
Donna was a member of the Rebekah's, or Lodge as she called it, and served in many offices including Nobel Grand. It was a very special accomplishment for her.
Donna loved being involved in the community but these activities also gave her special time to spend with her mom, Evelyn, who was her favorite person and best friend.
Donna was a true Glenrock Herder Fan. Her favorite color was purple and she would attend every sporting event and activity held at the Glenrock Schools. She wasn’t just there supporting her family but all of the kids that she ever came into contact with. Oh, and did we mention she would talk to everybody.
If you happened to be one of those people she talked to, you'll agree, she knew everything about your family, 4 generations deep. Her memory was incredible. She knew all the names, birthdays, anniversaries, and where everybody lived. This touched so many people and the memory of Donna Wray will never be forgotten.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Fred on October 17, 1995 and Evelyn on August 18, 1987; her beloved brother, Richard C. Grant, on March 16, 1976; niece, Rebecca Wray Grant, on September 27, 1984; and great nephew, Miles Logan, January 1, 2013.
She is survived by her nephew Rick (Mary) Grant; nieces, Lori (Danny) Hoyt and Kristy Grant; great nephews and nieces, Brendon Grant, Andrew Grant, Whitney (Nick) Ladd, Jordann (Tyler) Tille, Kaylann (Nic) Blackburn, Shaynna (Josh) Hofstetter, McKenna (Austin) Smith, Cash Logan, and DeShea Logan; and 20 great-great nephews and nieces.
Public graveside services will be held at the Glenrock Cemetery with Pastor Jonathan Durkopp of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church officiating on Thursday, April 7th 2022 at 1:00 P.M. where she will be laid to rest next to her brother. A reception will follow.
Please join us for her Celebration of Life on Tuesday, May 10th 2022 at 1:00 P.M. at the Grant Ranch. Her favorite place on earth. We hope to see you at the big red barn!
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Converse County 4-H Foundation, P.O. Box 712, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 would be appreciated by the family.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com