Melinda Sophie Wilkerson, 64, of Sheridan, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the Westview Health Care Center.

Melinda was born on April 14, 1953 to Archie and June Arlene (Hastings) Johnson in Williston, N.D. She was later adopted by Doyle Fredrick Copple. She graduated from Sheridan High School in 1972 and she attended Sheridan College. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge and Cornerstone Church. She worked as a care-person, CNA and worked at RENEW and Easter Seals. While living at the Sheridan Square she enjoyed spending time at the Sheridan Senior Center. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, arts and crafts, painting, baking, crocheting, Bingo, reading daily devotionals,watching Joyce Meyer on television, teaching Sunday School to younger children and being with her grandchildren. She loved her family and friends.

Melinda was preceded in death by both her fathers Archie Merle Johnson and Doyle Fredrick Copple, brother Dennis Merle Johnson, sisters Mary Ann Bonnet, Karen Jean Johnson, Laura Mae (Aunt Sally) Copple, and Christy Jean Horsly. She is survived by her mother June Arlene Copple of Springhill, FL, children; Rhonda Jo Wilkerson of Sheridan, WY, Ryan James Schneider of Lander, WY, Audra Jean King of Sheridan, WY, sisters; Darlene (Nick) Voogd of Sheridan, WY, Tammy (Mike) Reimers of Springhill, FL, Doylene (Jack) Gage of Sturgis, S.D., four grandchildren; Savannah Schaffer, Tyler Wilkerson, Blaize Nixon, Teagon Nixon, numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Memorials to honor Melinda can be made to Cornerstone Church, 4351 Big Horn Ave, Sheridan, WY 82801 or to the Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith Street, Sheridan, WY 82801.

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Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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