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Karen L. Pope, 51, of Cheyenne died Oct. 29 in Cheyenne.

She was born June 8, 1967, in Rochester, Minn.

She was a loving mother and wife, devoted to her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling to warm destinations, taking walks outdoors, sharing stories, riding bikes and the Wyoming mountains.

Karen was a graduate and valedictorian of Cheyenne’s Central High, received her BA in Spanish at the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She was a dedicated Spanish teacher in Cheyenne schools for 26 years and truly enjoyed her work as she built strong bonds with both her students and colleagues.

She was known for her kindness, beautiful blue eyes, caring personality, great sense of humor and, of course, her dancing skills. Her spirit will live on through the countless small but meaningful connections she made throughout her life.

She is survived by her husband, Matthew Pope of Cheyenne; children, Quintin, Rachel and Michael Pope, all of Cheyenne; parents, Dr. Thomas and Carol Toft of Cheyenne; and three brothers, Eric Toft of Germany, David Toft of Poland and Mark Toft of Denver.

Vigil for the deceased will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Funeral liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Cathedral. A reception will follow at Little America Hotel and Resort.

Friends may donate to Metavivor for stage IV breast cancer research, 1783 Forest Drive #184, Annapolis, MD 21401. Friends may also visit her webpage at www.wrcfuneral.com.

This is a paid obituary.

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