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Lola Belle Cordingly

Lola Belle Cordingly (also affectionately known to everyone as Grandma or Big Grandma) passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Friday, September 3, 2021.

Lola was born April 25, 1936, in Fort Lupton, Colo., to William and Ada (Van Orsdal) Dowdy. She was the youngest of 12 siblings. On October 13, 1953, she married the love of her life Stanley Melvin Cordingly in Rapid City, S.D. From this union, they were blessed with four children. During Stan's military service the couple resided in San Diego, Calif. Afterward they moved to Upton, Wyo. There, they ranched until moving to Thermopolis in 1970. Farming, ranching and raising her children were a huge part of her life. Lola was very active in her church. She was proud and passionate about her work and partnership with the Gideon's Association. She thoroughly enjoyed passing out Gideon Bibles to hotels, prisons and schools. Lola always looked forward to any adventure with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all of her beloved friends and family. A few of these included fishing and traveling the world with Stan, where she picked up a "few" rocks along the way. As much as she loved raising her four children, seeing her family multiply over the generations was one of her greatest joys. She is also well known for baking her infamous cinnamon rolls, her chicken & noodles and always having a hot pot of coffee and French vanilla creamer at the ready. She also famously taught several of her grandchildren how to drive in the buffalo pasture without fear or worry for her own life and no buffalo were harmed during these lessons.

Lola was always up for an adventure! It may be watching any activity that her loved ones were involved in or simply jumping in the car with a long road trip to go to DQ (Dairy Queen). Grandma lived by the creed of "when you have all you need, you build a longer table and not a higher fence."

She is survived by her children, Kent (Sharon) Cordingly of Thermopolis, Cindy Longwell of Thermopolis, Linda Boelens of Riverton, and Kurt (Loma) Cordingly of Cedar City, Utah; brother, Jim of Thermopolis; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and one newborn great-great grandchild.

Lola was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Scott, Don, Jack, Bill, Pat and Jerry; sisters, Faye, Ruth and Shirley; and son-in-law, Dennis Longwell.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 9, 2021, at the Risen Son Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Monument Hill Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:15 a.m. until the time of service at the church and a lunch for all will be served after the burial.

Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Encompass Health Hospice Care and sent to PO Box 524, Worland, WY 82401. The family sincerely appreciates Bryant Funeral Home and Encompass Health Hospice Care for their assistance. Online condolences may be made at


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