EVANSTON—Shelly Rae Nicholson Hoopes, 52, died in Evanston on Sunday, Oct. 27.
She was born in Laramie on Sept. 21, 1961, to Max Alan Nicholson and Norma Jean Mustain. She spent her childhood through high school under the loving care of her grandparents, Martha and Beryl Hopkins. She then married Verlan Hoopes in Evanston on July 17, 1993.
Her greatest joys in life were her beautiful grandchildren. She was a dedicated wife and a loving mother. She devoted her life to serving her community through the Evanston Rotary Club. She spent countless hours serving behind the scenes and at events, giving of her time selflessly for the community she cherished. Her efforts did not go unnoticed; she was recently honored by the Uinta County Peace Officers as Citizen of the Year.
She had a love for camping, her dog Buddy, cooking, country music and entertaining friends. She was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos and Wyoming Cowboys. She spent much of her spare time in her yard gardening, always preparing it for friends and family gatherings. If she was not in her yard, she was taking pictures or recycling.
Shelly is survived by her husband, Verlan Hoopes, Evanston. She is also survived by her son, Waylon Lindley, Evanston; and his two wonderful children, Jesse James and Madalyn Elizabeth. She is also survived by her stepchildren: Austin and Kristine Hoopes of Charlotte, N.C.; Rhiannon and Jonny Gibson, San Antonio, Texas; and their children: Mckenna, Luke, Mia and Emery; her brother, Steven Nicholson, and his two children, Deavon and Damian; loving sister, Shawna Mustain, and her two children Scott and Deze; her Aunt Linda and Uncle Larry Hicks, whom she was very close to, and many other extended family members, including Verlan’s sisters.
In lieu of flowers, Shelly would be honored by any donation made to The Rotary Club of Evanston.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at The Roundhouse. Visiting hours will take place one hour prior to the services.
Burial will take place Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2:30 p.m. at the Evanston Cemetery.
On-line condolences can be given at www.crandallfhevanston.com
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