Our sweet (and sassy), mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt, and friend, Dorothy Ann Cooper Chidester, 87, passed away in American Fork, Utah on September 11, 2023. Dorothy was born on October 2, 1935 to George Nathan and Cora Arvilla Cooper in Panguitch, Utah. Dorothy married her lifelong best friend, Arthur Ray Chidester on September 8, 1955 in the St. George, Utah Temple.
Dorothy and Art have 3 children: Arthur Brad (Lei) Chidester, Larkspur, CO; Lorraine (Jay) Bennett, American Fork; Merilee (Clayton) Wilson, Cedar City. They have 8 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Dorothy grew up in Panguitch and graduated with honors from Panguitch High School in 1953. She loved being a cheerleader for the Panguitch High Bobcats and attending the many dances. Panguitch was always considered home because of all the friends and family connections she had there.
Dorothy and Art lived in Panguitch, Salt Lake City, Coalville, Moab, Highland, and Panguitch Lake.
Dorothy worked as a secretary for Atlas Minerals in Moab, but her favorite job was a being a florist.
Dorothy made lifelong friends wherever she went. She loved gathering family and friends together with wonderful food and lots of card games (especially canasta--Dorothy’s rules).
Dorothy’s number one priority was her family. She created a loving and beautiful home where all were welcome. She was Art’s number one supporter in all he did and was the backbone of all his and her family’s accomplishments.
Dorothy was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many callings where she shared her talents, time, and energy into fulfilling them fully.
Dorothy loved capturing memories with photos and scrapbooks. She spent countless hours documenting and creating amazing scrapbooks that will be treasured for years to come.
Funeral services for family and friends will be held Saturday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m. in the Highland 8th Ward Chapel, 10390 North Alpine Highway, Highland Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Graveside services will be held later that day at 4:00 pm at the Panguitch, Utah Cemetery. Online guestbook and live streaming of services can be found at www.maglebymortuary.com under Dorothy’s obituary. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.