Darla Mae Nelson passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 29, 2020 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center after cardiac complications. She was 74 years old.
Darla was born April 25, 1946 in Afton, WY. She was the third of five children born to Frank and Grace (Peterson) Laker of Freedom, WY and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Darla spent her childhood years growing up on the farm in Freedom and attended Star Valley High School where she met Dale Hurd. The two were married January 15, 1963. They had three children Darren, Robin, and Todd. Most of their years were spent in Star Valley with some brief time spent in Superior, WY; Winslow, AZ; Fort McMurry, AB, Canada; and Maine.
After she and Dale were divorced, Darla met Randy Nelson. Randy and Darla were married on June 23, 1984 and spent the rest of Darla’s life in Grover, WY. Darla and Randy have spent the past 36 years enjoying the beautiful Wyoming outdoors. Darla enjoyed camping, decorating her home and yard with antiques and crafts, riding the side-by-side with Randy and visiting with friends and family. She especially loved to follow the activities of her 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and was proud to show off the pictures she would receive. Darla is survived by her husband Randy, her three children, her 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, her brother Lloyd, and two sisters: Virginia and Loa. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Lane and her great-granddaughter Jerzie Fraughton.
Funeral services will be held with immediate and extended family Thursday, June 4, 2020, at Schwab Mortuary and Crematory at 11:00 a.m.
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