Wilma's Story

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A funeral ceremony honoring and remembering the life of Wilma Rebecca Josephine Woods will be 10 a.m., Thursday, March 6, 2017 at the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service in Claremore, Oklahoma. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6-8, Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Wilma Rebecca Josephine Wilson Woods was born Aug. 21, 1915 in Mulhall, Okla. on her grandparent's farm. She was the third child born and the first girl in a family of thirteen
Wilma and family moved from Oklahoma to Kansas on three separate occasions by covered wagon. At age fourteen her family moved back to Oklahoma to call it home. The lived in several different locations before moving to Rogers County near Pryor.
Wilma was given lots of responsibility helping raise and care for the following ten children as well as her house work and cooking. At age twenty she met Burton Woods. This union produced four children: Bernice Ragsdale of Claremore, Geraldine James of Claremore, Wayne Woods, and Larry Woods of Chelsea. Wilma was a homemaker, care giver, and an excellent cook who loved her family. She loved to embroidery and piece quilts. She has made several quilts embroideries and pieces for her children and grandchildren. Wilma and Burton sold their farm and moved to Claremore in December 1977.
Burton had a stroke and was unable to care for himself and Wilma cared for him in their home for five years until he passed away in 1987.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Burton; her son: Wayne Woods; a grandson: Eugene Woods; a granddaughter-in-law: Kim Woods; five brothers; and four sisters.
She is survived by three sisters: Florence Catt, age 95, Thelma Hopper age 85, and Marian Dunham, 80; and two sisters-in-law in their nineties; three children; eleven grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 33 great-great-grandchildren.
Published on April 4, 2017
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