Doris Ilse Ramsperger, age 73, passed away at South Lincoln Medical Center in Kemmerer on Feb. 28, 2021.
Doris was born in Biel, Switzerland, on Feb. 27, 1948, the daughter of Werner and Trudy (Jean) Hartmann.
Doris and her husband, Markus Ramsperger, met on a dive charter boat in the Mediterranean 39 years ago and it was full speed forward ever since. The two were married on Feb. 15, 1991 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Doris was such a loving and caring spirit; however, she did not have a problem showing her claws when she or one of the people or animals in her care was unfairly treated.
Doris’ love for God’s nature was unparalleled. From her early days with her husband Mark, they would take in stray dogs, which eventually lead to the creation of Swiss Mango Kennel. This kennel specialized in rescuing abused sled dogs. Doris and her husband participated in local dog sled races, but the main goal of the kennel was to give these dogs an enjoyable life they deserved.
Doris also loved horses. She was an expert in gentling them. People would bring horses deemed untameable, but Doris was able to calm and connect with just about any horse in her care. Horses bonded quickly with Doris’ loving spirit. You could often see her riding her own horses around her property, or out along the Hamsfork.
Doris always grew a big vegetable garden and loved to share her bountiful harvest. Although certain produce is hard to grow in this harsh climate, she would never give up and would find a better solution for next year’s crop.
Both she and her husband were avid outdoors people. If you did not find them around their beautiful home at the historical Fox Farm, they surely were out exploring with their dogs, on 4-wheelers, on snowmobile or on foot, hiking into the beautiful Wyoming backcountry.
A friend of Doris wrote this fitting dedication; “Doris was one of the most capable, generous and loving women I believe I’ve ever met. She could do exquisite needlework, build furniture, cook delicious meals, remodel bathrooms, do difficult upholstery projects without skipping a beat when switching from task to task.”
In the late 1980s she worked as a scuba instructor in the Florida Keys and also worked as a dive-model for her husband, augmenting his underwater photography business. There was nothing Doris could not master if she put her mind to it.
Sled dogs in need have lost a dedicated and loving advocate, and the community has lost a most unique and talented friend.