Wilma Harris, 80, of Perry passed from this life on October 10, 2015. Services have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home and a service celebrating her life will be held at 11am on Wednesday at the Grace Hill Cemetery pavilion. Public visitation will be held on Tuesday Oct 13 from 9am to 8pm at the funeral home.
Wilma Lavada Tyler was born on Sept 9, 1935 in Coyle, OK to William and Myrtle (Jenkins) Tyler. She was raised in Morrison and Pawnee. She moved to Perry in 1954 and began working for Nichols Nursing Home as a CNA. In 1966, she married the love of her life, Dale G. Harris. Dale passed away in 1974. Wilma worked for several years as a cook at Sooners Corner and as a caregiver at Perry Nursing Home and Green Valley Nursing Home. She retired in 1989 due to health reasons.
Wilma was an ornery, feisty, and independent woman who made the most out of life. She spent her life selflessly caring for others and she found joy in placing the needs of others before her own. She enjoyed fishing, going to yard sales, and she was a wonderful cook. She was never happier than when she was spending time with her kids and grandkids. Wilma brought so much joy to her friends and family and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale G. Harris, An infant daughter Deborah Bezeau, brother Richard Tyler, 2 nephews and a niece.
She is survived by her children: Sandra Tyler (Randy Gottfried) of Newkirk, Dale “Junior” Harris (Sheila) of Ponca City, Mary Ellen Kinder (Jim Ed) of Tryon, Arlene Simmons (Darrell) Ponca City, and Angie Atkinson (Elijah) of Perry. Two siblings: Myrtle Lavone LeGrande of Skiatook and Raymond Tyler (Beverly) of Perry. 13 grandchildren: Lora Frazier (Shane)of Stillwater, Deanna Jones (Todd) of Tryon, Bobbi Simmons (fiancé Matt) of Ponca City, Christina Kinder of Tryon, Cody Simmons (Norma) of Hawaii, Kurt Simmons of Ponca City, Jimmy Dale Kinder (Rachel) of Perkins, Darius Atkinson of Perry, Markyshia Atkinson (fiancé Jonathan) of Perry, Lauren Frazier of Stillwater, Zach Frazier of Stillwater, Misty Widener of Ponca City, and Chad Widener of Ponca City.
The family requests that donations be made to Companion Hospice in care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home 203 Fir Street. Perry, OK 73077
Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.perrycares.com