Lillian Edith Harrower, age 92, of Cheyenne, WY, (formerly) of Kemmerer, WY.; passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side on September 2, 2017.
Lillian E. Ropelato was born on May 11, 1925 in Kemmerer, WY.; and graduated from Kemmerer High School in 1944.
in 1945, Lillian married Thomas S. Harrower Sr. a livestock dealer at the time. From this 30 year union, three children were born; Tom Jr., daughter, Julienne of Cheyenne, WY.; and Norm Harrower of Drumwright, OK. Together Lilllian and Tom Sr. built a promminent family cattle ranching operation beginning with the James W. Pomeroy Ranch on Fontenelle Creek in Southwestern Wyoming that expanded into several states. Lillian was very active and instrumental in the family ranching operation. She loved the great outdoors, horses, cattle, dogs, cats and most of all loved the land. She was the back bone of the Double Staple Bar Ranches.
She never met a stranger, she was always your friend. She was generous and would entertain you with her vibrant personality. When she walked into a room, her smile, wisdom and humor would always make life brighter. And most importantly, you were always welcome at her kitchen table, where many enjoyed her homemade polenta. Lillian loved children and was always eager to help or share information about those good ole days. Everyone from friends, ranch hands to cattle buyers had great respect for her and they always enjoyed her company.
Lillian was a cancer survivor and was a member of the Eastern Stars and The Daughter of The Nile and many other organizations.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband Tom Sr. in 1975.
She was the last survivor of her family. She was preceded in death by her parents Albano and Carolina Bertolini Ropelato; sisters, Lizzie Ropelato, Amelia DeGorgio, Pearl Aimone, Marcie Felice, and brothers, Edwin Ropelato, Milo Ropelato, and Roy Ropelato.
Viewing was held in Cheyenne, WY. on Wednesday September 6, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. at the family home. Viewing will be held in Kemmerer, WY. at Ball Family Chapel on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM at the Berta A Penney Methodist Church. Interment will follow services at the South Lincoln Cemetery, Kemmerer, WY. where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Tom Sr.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Society or to the Alzheimers association.