Donna Roberta Cope


Donna Cope 5/16/1951 - 2/16/2024

Donna Roberta Cope, age 72, born in Miles City, Montana on May 16, 1951, to Alex O. and Betty P. (Milmine) Wetsch. Donna grew up on the family farm/ranch in Hysham, MT.  Donna attended Hysham Grade School, then Forsyth High School, in Forsyth, Mt.  Donna was part of the marching band there. During this time she participated in rodeo, pole bending, and barrel racing.

After graduation, she began a lifelong occupation of book keeping, for the local lumber yard.  Later she held a booking position with Montana Power in Colstrip, Mt.  While employed in Colstrip, she met and eventually married Al Cope, who became not only her husband but best friend.

Together they raised four children, Deanna, Darren, Krista, and Richard.

After some moving with construction, Donna and Al chose to settle in Sheridan.  Here, Donna worked at Cloud Peak Lanes, and then for Cone Construction, and Westates Construction.  With Westates, Donna worked again with the book keeping aspect, but also took on more responsibilities and eventually held the position of President of Westates for a time.  Donna also started, owned and operated Circle C Adjusters, Inc. for nearly 30 years.

Donna enjoyed playing softball and bowling until arthritis prevented these more physical activities.  She loved gardening, both flowers and vegetables.  She loved being outdoors and being busy.  Fishing and hunting were joys of her life, also she enjoyed crocheting and cross stitching.

She is survived by her Husband Al, sons Darren and Richard, and daughter Krista.  Three brothers, Alex V. (Rick) Wetsch, Ron Wetsch, and Mike Olson.  One sister, Pauline (Punky) Zastipoul. One half sister, Monti J Shaules.  Donna is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by both parents, her step father Harold (Spike) Olson and Daughter Deanna.

In lieu of flowers Donna asked that you make a donation to either St Jude’s Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place • Memphis, TN 38105 or Shiner’s Children's Hospital, 1275 E. Fairfax Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84103.

Services will be held on Saturday, February 24th at 11:00am at Cornerstone Community Church with Pastor Tony Forman officiating. A reception will follow immediately after the service at the church.

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