Wilma Lorene Thompson was born December 7, 1933, in Phillips, Oklahoma, to her parents Ludie and Roy Midkiff. She was the second of five sisters: Alvera, Wilma, Roylene, Karlene, and Linda Sue. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Garold, her daughter Debra, and a son Bill; two grandchildren, Jody and Sammie, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. While in a rest home with advanced dementia, she passed quietly in her sleep at 89. Wilma worked for TG&Y for many years and was a joy to be around. She loved to laugh and had a quick wit. She was a poet who wrote poetry for everyone’s stocking at Christmastime.
A remembrance from her son:
“Mom had no qualms about delivering punishment - she did it all. I can’t remember one time in my life when Dad ever laid a hand on me, but mother could swing a mean belt, switch or dreaded flip-flop. Apparently, I was a rotten kid.
What I will remember most about her is she was the queen of malapropisms. Both she and her older sister were guilty of mishandling the English language, but my mother, by far, was public enemy number one. Two of my favorite examples come to mind - A local news broadcaster was accused of drug use, and I told my mother I’d heard he was using marijuana. My mother replied, “I also heard he was sniffing those amphibians.” I think she meant amphetamines, but I had never heard of sniffing them. A few years back, I took her and my dad on a trip to Tunica. Driving down a road with huge cotton fields on each side, we could see these long irrigation pipes on wheels, spraying the fields. Mom looked out the window and said, “Look! That farmer is irritating his crops.” I said, “Yep, they look pretty angry.” I loved my mom. She made me laugh like no one could.”
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