April 2, 2012
Mary “Bronkey” Douglas died Friday, March 23, 2012, in Commerce City.
Mary was the daughter of Wilbur “Bull” Clark and Maxine Hooper. She was born April 22, 1941, in Steamboat Springs. She grew up on the family ranch in Dixon, Wyo., and attended school in Baggs, Wyo.
Mary had her son, Dale, in 1958, and due to her young age her mother, Maxine, adopted him.
Mary married Jerry Smith in 1959. Jerry died in June 1962, leaving behind two children, Janet Lee, and Leonard Wayne.
In November 1965, Mary married John Black and moved to Craig, and had a son, Neil Loyis.
John died in 1977. She married Don Douglas in January 1979. They did not have children. Don died in 1992. In 1996, Mary moved to Grand Junction, and then later to Commerce City in 2007.
When Mary was 4, she rode her horse from the Fortification Ranch to Craig to entertain the crowds with her riding. She was dubbed “Rodeo Moppet” on her horse, Walker.
Mary was an excellent horsewoman, and loved breading and riding horses, which led to her nickname “Bronkey.” Her favorite horse was a pinto named Snowdy that she purchased from Don Wickham in 1949.
Mary showed the 4-H Reserve Grand Champion steer in 1954. In 1955, she showed the 4-H Grand Champion heifer at the Moffat County Fair. Mary will be remembered for her love of arrowhead hunting and old bottle collecting and especially the love she had for her granddaughters.
Mary was preceded in death by her three husbands, Jerry Smith, John Black and Don Douglas; parents Wilbur “Bull” Clark and Maxine Hooper; son Leonard Smith; and grandson Stephen Eugene Derrico.
She is survived by her son, Neil Black, of Grand Junction; daughter Janet (Monty) Derrico, of Rawlins, Wyo.; Dale Clark, of Craig; brothers John (Esther) Clark, of Baggs, Wyo., and Bill (Virginia) Clark, of Delroy, Ohio; granddaughters Antenniell (Joel) Neumiller, of Washburn, N.D., Kylah Derrico, of Rawlins, Wyo., Cassandra Clark, of Craig, Shawni Clark and Taelyn Clark, of Craig; and five nieces and three nephews.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be scheduled for this summer.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Carbon County 4-H Scholarship Fund, P.O. box 280, Rawlins, Wyo., 82301.
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