Delores Jean Wiley

(June 7, 1937 - April 28, 2022)


Delores Jean Wiley, 84, passed peacefully in her sleep at her home in Worland, Wyoming, on April 28, 2022.

She was born June 7, 1937, in Worland. She was the second of four children born to John William and Rosa Alberta (Reed) Paxton. Growing up on various family farms, she spent many hours with her cousins, whom she loved dearly. 

Delores received her education in Worland graduating from Worland High School in 1955.

She married Dale Williams in 1955, in Worland. To this union were born three children, Debra, Dale and Diane. The couple later divorced.

Delores married Richard Lee Wiley on Oct. 8, 1973. She gained an additional son and daughter with this union. Richard and Delores “Lovey” enjoyed many vacations, camping and 4-wheeling trips together with close friends. On her 4-wheeler, she was a daredevil and speed demon. She was always first as not to eat anyone else’s dust. 

Her angel food cake with peanut butter frosting was requested at all family gatherings. She found joy in gardening and harvesting the produce each year. During the corn harvest, it was not unusual for her to have three square meals a day … of corn on the cob.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Rose; first husband Dale; and brother “Bill” John William, Jr.

Survivors include her loving husband of 49 years, Richard Wiley; children, Debra (Steve) Mitchell, Dean (Kathy) Williams and Diane Welch; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and stepson Chad and stepdaughter Marsha. She is also survived by a sister, Ida Watkins and brother Frank (Cathie) Paxton, who unconditionally took care of her to the very end.

Cremation has taken place and a private family graveside service will be held in June. Memorial donations may be made to the B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #1908 and sent to PO Box 524, Worland, WY 82401. Online condolences may be made at