Emma Jean Williford, 10:00AM, Thurs., Nov. 9, 2017


Emma Jean was born in Norman, Oklahoma, on April 10th, 1942, to Hosea and Mamie Nelson.

Theirs was a large family and she was the youngest daughter of six living children (she had a sister and brother die in childhood). She used to talk about her adventures with her brothers and sisters: hopping onto slow-moving trains, climbing trees, going fishing with her Dad and uncles, sneaking out of the house to go dancing at the "sock hops" and square-dancing on weekends. She loved to read and began reading at a very young age. She enjoyed acting and drama class in school. Her favorite actress and actor were Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Her sisters were her best friends, even when they fought over clothes and shoes.

She attended Jackson Elementary School, Central Junior High, and Capitol Hill high school – graduating in 1960.

She married Edwin Williford on April 20th, 1963, and began a family with him. She gave birth to a daughter first, Elizabeth Ann, and then a son, Richard Dean. Eddie was serving in the United States Air Force and right after they married, they were sent to Panama City, Florida for three years. Then the family moved to London, England for another three years and visited Germany and Belgium. They returned to the States to live in Hampton, Virginia, where Ed was stationed at Fort Monroe. When her husband was deployed to Vietnam, Jean and the kids returned to Oklahoma for one year. After he returned, the family moved to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas for two years. Then the family was sent to Washington D.C. and Andrews Air Force Base for three years. When Ed retired from active duty in 1976, they returned to Oklahoma and Jean's family.

Jean worked for the Department of the Air Force as a civilian employee most of her career. She quit working in 1985 to spend more time with her ailing Mother and play with her grandchildren. She adored her grandchildren; Grant, Ashlie, Garrett, Megan, and John and her great-granddaughter, Adysyn. She was very proud of her family. She enjoyed painting, especially portraits. She enjoyed preparing astrological natal charts for friends and family. She was a quirky, funny, independent, and intelligent woman. She was a Christian who attended Bodine Baptist Church for years and had accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior as a young teenager at a tent revival.

She was diagnosed with lung cancer in July of 2015 and had surgery to remove a tumor. She lost her husband to lung cancer on December 8th, 2016. They had been married over fifty years. Her health began to deteriorate due to pneumonia, emphysema, and lung cancer in the months following Eddie's passing. She fought hard, but continued to struggle to breathe. At the age of 75, Jean left this earthly life and journeyed to a new home on Friday, November 3rd, 2017, to be reunited with her loved ones waiting for her there.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Hosea & Mamie Nelson, her sisters; Lois Berry & Mildred Voss, one brother; Glen Nelson, and her loving husband; Edwin Williford.

She is survived by her children; Elizabeth Shaffer and Richard Williford, her two brothers; Don Nelson and Charles Nelson; four nieces; Darla Voss Hobbs and her family, Debra Voss Logan and family, Diana Berry McKee and family, Tiffany Nelson Smith and family and one nephew; Ryan Nelson. She also leaves many cousins and her beloved grandchildren; Grant Mosshart (and his wife Allison), Garrett Mosshart, John Shaffer, Megan Williford Jensen (and her husband Robert), and Ashlie Williford. She has one great-grandchild, Adysyn Turner Mosshart.

Funeral Services are 10:00AM, Thursday, November 9, 2017 at John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home Chapel, 120 S. Broadway, Moore, OK.  Interment will be 11:30 AM, at Washington Cemetery, Washington, Oklahoma.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM at John M Ireland Funeral Home.  




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