Willma Mae Howell
Services for Willma Mae Howell will be 10:00 a.m., Wed., July 23rd, 2008 at Memorial Heights Baptist Church where she was a faithful member. Her pastor, Rev. Paul Simpson will officiate. She will be laid to rest at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit at the funeral home from noon to 8:00 this evening with the family receiving friends from 6:00 – 7:00. Willma passed away Fri., July 18th, 2008. She was 83.
Born in Johnson City, Kansas, on April 5th, 1925 to James and Mae (Moore) Rupert, Willma was reared and educated in Pritchett, Colorado. After high school graduation she attended Texas Tech for two years and completed her nurse’s training in Abilene, Texas with a three-month period in Oklahoma City.
While in Oklahoma City, Willma met J.D. Howell, who was working in the same hospital she was training in. When she returned to Texas, he kept in touch with daily letters and on Sept. 4, 1955, with her schooling completed, Willma and J.D. married in a ceremony in Oklahoma City. Four children blessed their union.
For seven years the family lived in California and during this time, Willma worked as an ER nurse. When the Howells returned to Oklahoma, they made their home in Wagoner and Willma was employed as a school nurse. In 1979 she retired and in 1988 Willma and J.D. moved to Claremore.
Willma was happiest when busy and active and retirement years gave her extra time to pursue the interests that she loved, her family, her church service, vacation Bible school, fishing, and home care including upholstery projects. She enjoyed games, dominoes and card games – anything that would provide the opportunity to interact with the people that she cared about. Those she cared the most about were her beloved grandchildren and she was always happy to have them in her home.
Treasured mother, grandmother and dear friend, Willma is survived by her children, Pat Steelman and her husband, Leon, of Austin, Texas, Michael A. Howell of Bartlesville, Bonnie Couch and her husband, Johnny, of Wagoner, and Bob Howell and his wife, Elizabeth, of Claremore; her grandchildren, Alissa Doyle and Josh Steelman of Austin, Amanda Couch and John Earl Couch, II, of Wagoner, and Daniel, David and Allison Howell, all of Claremore. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James, her brothers, Wayne, Kenneth and Everett Rupert and her twin sister, Thelma Freeman.
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