Dorothy ‘Wilma’ Cole

May 3, 1924 – Oct. 15, 2020

Funeral Services for Wilma Cole, 96-year-old Fort Collins, Colorado and former Buffalo resident who passed away Oct. 15 in Fort Collins, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26 from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Pastor Don Paulson officiating. Visitation will be held at the Harness Funeral Chapel from 1 until 9 p.m. Sunday. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Online condolences may be made at 

Dorothy “Wilma” Cole was born on May 3, 1924 in Snyder, Colorado to Charles and Ella Baughman. She was one of seven children. She was married to Alvin Cole in 1943 and they had three children. She later married Clarence “Windy” Cole in 1961 and they made their home in Gillette. They moved to Buffalo in 1962 where they purchased the Smith Motel and Filling Station which later became the Bison Motel. Wilma and Clarence were very instrumental in establishing the Senior Center in Buffalo and the local AARP group. They delivered meals-on-wheels and helped with bingo at the nursing home. They retired in 1976 to their home on Cloud Peak Drive north of Buffalo, spending their time raising a huge garden and fishing. They spent several months of the year touring the United States and visiting family and friends. Clarence passed away in 1993 and Wilma made it her mission to visit those in Buffalo who could no longer get out of their homes. Wilma had an incredible sense of humor and a faith that saw her through many of life’s turbulent times. While she was not bilingual, she was very good at her own version of sign language. She was a humble, compassionate woman and a faithful member of the Big Horn Baptist Church for many years, enjoying a rich life of ministry and friendships.  

She is survived by two daughters, Glenita Melnick of Snowmass, Colorado and Jenger Smith of Fort Collins, Colorado; one son Roger Cole of Buffalo; one sister Doris DeGraw of Byron, Wyoming; four grandchildren, Chris Melnick and his wife Templa of Grand Junction, Colorado, Vanessa Baxter of Walsenburg, Colorado, Curtis Baxter of California and Tina Smith of Cheyenne; 13 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers and two sisters.