Flora J. Dowson

Flora Jean Rice Dowson, 86, of Sheridan, WY, passed away on July 29, 2009, at Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County.

Services were held August 1, 2009, at United Methodist Church in Sheridan with Reverend Don Derryberry officiating.

Interment was at the Elks Cemetery in Sheridan.

She was born October 6, 1922, in Oosberg, WI, to Carroll VanOurkerk and Susan Van DeGuchte. She earned her high school diploma and married Kenneth Rice when she was 18. In 1991, she married Lewis Dowson.

Flora enjoyed gardening, painting, cooking for her family and friends, collecting antiques and going to yard sales. She had many friends in Sheridan, including those at the United Methodist Church, her neighbors and all of the employees at Wal-Mart, where she was employed until one month before her death.

Flora was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Rice; her sisters, Norma Lobdell, Marion Svilar and Virginia Fitzgerald; her granddaughter, Jaymee Oliver; and a brother, Calvin VanOurkerk.

She is survived by her husband, Lewis; her four children, Dan Rice, John Rice, Rosalie Horak and Kathy Strebel; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Elaine Eleeson; and three brothers, Robert, Donald and William "Bill" VanOurkerk.