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Wilma Joyce Wheat
July 2, 1937 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Wilma Joyce Wheat, age 86, longtime resident of Coweta passed away peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2024, at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK. She was born on July 2, 1937, in Russellville, AR to Roy Franklin and Ruby Belle (Thomas) Ewton. Wilma's life was a testament to her strength, love, and unwavering faith. She was a beacon of light and joy to all who knew her.
Wilma attended Broken Arrow Public Schools in Broken Arrow, OK. Her education laid the foundation for a life full of determination and hard work. Wilma's professional journey was marked by her long-standing role as a manager at Coweta Smoke Shop, where she was not only a dedicated employee but also a friend to many in the community.
Family was the cornerstone of Wilma's life. She is survived by a loving and devoted family, including her daughter, Diane Walters of Wagoner, OK; her son, Rick Lee and his wife Charlotte of Coweta, OK; her daughter-in-law, Kerri Lee of Coweta, OK; her cherished grandchildren, Stephanie Walker, Derrick Lee, Joshua Lee, Jennifer Lee, Matthew Lee, and Melissa Lee; and her adored great-grandchildren, Cole, Tyler, Mia, Ryan, Jacob, Rylie, Jax, and LynnLee. Wilma also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives who will miss her deeply.
Wilma's life was also marked by the love she shared with her late husbands, Johnny Lee and Gerald Wheat. Her parents, Roy Franklin and Ruby Belle Ewton, her son, Steve Lee, and her brother, Franklin Ewton, preceded her in death. Each of them held a special place in her heart, and she carried their memories with grace and love.
A devout Christian, Wilma was a dedicated member of the First Assembly of God in Wagoner, OK. Her faith was an integral part of her life, as she found solace and strength in reading the Bible and attending church services. Wilma's love for the Lord was evident in her every action and word, inspiring those around her to embrace their own faith journeys.
Wilma's interests extended beyond her work and church activities. She had a passion for life's simple pleasures, including cooking, fishing, singing, and most importantly, spending time with her grandchildren. Her kitchen was often filled with the aroma of home-cooked meals, and her laughter was a constant presence during family gatherings. Wilma's love for singing brought joy to many, and her fishing trips were cherished moments of tranquility and happiness.
Wilma’s journey on earth may have come to an end, but her influence will forever be felt. Her unwavering love, her generous heart, and her infectious smile will be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her. As we say goodbye to this remarkable woman, we take comfort in knowing that her legacy of love, faith, and family will endure.
A memorial service celebrating Wilma's life will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at Brown Funeral Home Chapel in Coweta, OK. Pastor Bruce VonWald will officiate the service, honoring a life well-lived and a woman dearly loved.
Family and friends may share memories and condolences online at www.brownfamilycares.com. The family of Wilma Joyce Wheat entrusted her care, service, and cremation to Brown Funeral Home & Cremations, 210 S. Broadway, Coweta, OK 74429, (918) 486-5515.