Enid Doreen Harp

Feb. 9, 1923 – March 13, 2019

Enid Doreen Harp, 96, of Basin, Wyo., died March 13, 2019, at the Wyoming Retirement Center.

Enid was born in Portsmouth, England, on Feb. 9, 1923, to Charles and Frances (Andrews) Durden. She grew up in England surrounded by her loving family. When she was 16 almost 17, she and her sister, Frances (three years older) joined the war effort in November 1939. This was just two months after England had entered the war. Enid served one year in a government office doing paperwork (which she hated) and the next five years after that she worked as a physical training instructor, training the men and women.

She remembered World War II in Britain as “pretty hard.”  Enid met her husband on a train from Chester to a little town half an hour away. She was normally going to go on the first train, but decided to go on the second one. Charles was supposed to go on the first train but missed it and ended up going on the second one, too. Enid was late to the second train as usual and was worried she wouldn’t have a seat. Charles stuck his head out the back of the train and yelled, “There’s room here, Miss.” He was with another man and a lady so she joined them. She had a great time with the group and after three weeks they knew that they wanted to get married.

He was sent to France but when the war ended, he hitch-hiked back to England where they got engaged. Charles had to go back to the United States with the military but Enid was able to join him a year later. They were married on Jan. 5, 1947, in Billings, Mont.  They made their first home in Lovell. They moved to Otto in 1951 and she worked alongside her husband on the family farm. They moved to Basin in 1961. Many around the Basin would remember her as the Avon lady.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a grandchild, Bobby Brinkerhoff. She is survived by her children: son Neal (Linda) Harp of Basin; son Marvin (Patty) Harp of Greybull; and her grandchildren: Marvin (Carey) Harp of Sheridan; Sheila Manning of Casper; Carol Kaiser of Greybull; Mary (Rusty) Burden of Basin and Theresa Shumway, Chris Harp and Todd (Rachel) Harp, all of Billings.

Cremation has taken place at the Antelope Butte Crematory in Greybull. A memorial service will be held later this spring. Arrangements have been entrusted to Atwood Family Funeral Directors.

(PAID OBITUARY)

 

 

2 comments

  1. What an inspirational lady Doreen was to me when I was a kid. She was friends with my parents, Margaret and Bill Schmidt, who farmed a few miles northwest at Stringtown. Her English background was intriguing. My mother was a war bride from rainy Raymond, Washington, so they may have been the only two women around with an umbrella! Both worked hard besides their husbands on the farm. My condolences to my childhood friends, Marvin and Neal. My apologies for losing contact with such a fine lady and her family.

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