Laura Daniel


(May 16, 2003)

A memorial service will be conducted Friday, May 23 at 11 a.m. in the Deaver Town Park for Laura Daniel, 43, Deaver, who died Friday, May 16 at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.

She was born Jan. 9, 1960, to Dale and Mary VanNote and grew up in Troy, Mont.

She married Bill Daniel in 1994.

She was no stranger to hard work, sometimes working two or three jobs at a time. She worked in the woods in a lumber camp, fought fires, was an EMT and hired out as a ranch hand.

Everyone who knew her knew of her love for animals. She had the usual menagerie of horses, sheep and chickens at their ranch, but she would also include "little wild critters" in need of homes.

In addition to being an excellent artist and sculptor, Laura was best known for her border collies. She raised and trained some of the most highly sought-after trial and stock dogs in the area. The love she showered on her dogs was apparent. Her faithful companions, Boo and Kitt, were always with her in her truck.

Survivors include her husband; her parents; daughters Amanda King, USMC, of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Misty Doughty of Cody and J-me Robb of Spokane, Wash.; two grandchildren, Shakyla and Tristan; brothers and sisters Dale, Daryl, Mike, Sherry, Deanna and Jackie; and her special aunt, Ellen. She will be greatly missed by her many friends in the Big Horn Basin and in the Wyoming Border Collie Association.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate donations to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa, Okla.