Chapin, Donna (Cook) (April, 1889 - December 28, 1940)


Passes Away at Riverton Saturday Night Following Operation

Douglas Budget - January 4, 1940

Word reached Douglas early Sunday morning of the death of Mrs. M.E. Chapin of Riverton which occurred in a Lander hospital about midnight Saturday. She had submitted to a major operation last Thursday morning. Death came as the result of a heart to weak to stand the shock.

Mrs. Chapin (Donna Cook) was a native of Douglas. She was born here November 20, 1889, the daughter of Thomas S. and Eleanor Hartman Cook. In April, 1910, she was united in marriage to Mason I. Chapin. His work as a civil engineer took them away from Douglas a few years after their marriage, first to Grand Junction, Colo., then to Greeley and later up into Huntley, Mont. About 16 years ago they went to Pavillion, Wyo., where he became employed by the government on a large reclamation project. A year or so later he moved into Riverton to become manager of a large private irrigation association. This had been their home since that time.

Mrs. Chapin was well known in Eastern Star circles throughout the state. She was grand organist of the Grand Chapter of Wyoming last year.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Marguerite Downey and a son, Thomas, and three grandchildren, Jimmy, Dorothy Jean and Sheila Downey, all of Riverton; her father, T.S. Cook and a sister, Miss Florence Cook, both of Douglas.

Funeral services, in charge of the Eastern Star, were held at Riverton Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. W. Ward of Ethete, formerly of Douglas, assisting. Burial was in Riverton. Her father and sister were called from Douglas Saturday morning and were at her bedside when she passed away that night. Mr. Cook returned to Douglas Wednesday, Miss Cook will return Friday or Saturday with her nephew, Thomas, who will pass through here on his way back to his college at Lincoln.


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