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Wilma M. Oathout

April 4, 1921 ~ April 8, 2013

Wilma Maxine Moore Oathout was born on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1921 to her parents Harry Anthony and Mamie Pearl (Jones) Moore.

She was born on that beautiful spring day at 8:40 a.m. weighing in at 10 lbs. 3 oz. at the country home of her proud maternal grandparents, Theodore Price and Francis Malinda (Watkins) Jones, located seven miles east and ½ mile north of Renfrow, Oklahoma in Grant County, Bluff Township. Her paternal grandparents, George Michel and Alice Americus (Reubush) Moore were equally proud of “Little Wilma.” Often through the years, Wilma’s mother would tell her how she was so pretty, adorable and very plump on the day she was born, with a round face just like hers….and hungry!

Wilma loved life and sharing memories of her siblings Ruth Lucille, Virginia Lee, Harry Anthony and Frances Alice Moore. Her second brother, Theodore (Teddy) Price Moore went to heaven at birth. She was also raised with her three cousins Marjorie Frances, Betty Arlene and Jean Maxine Jones after the death of their mother.

Wilma was the last member of the Moore-Jones family to go to heaven at 92 years old on April 8, 2013 at 7:15 a.m. in the home of her granddaughter Amy Williams Wilkey in Rome, Kansas.

Education for Wilma began a year early at 5 years of age at Flint District School #23, only if she could keep up with her 6 year old sister Ruth…and she did. She attended Almony District School #24 her third grade year then back to Flint until 8th grade graduation in 1934.

After earning her high school diploma from Blackwell High School in Blackwell, OK in 1938, Wilma became a registered nurse from St. John’s School of Nursing in Tulsa, OK.

In 1946, Wilma married Jettie Edgar (J.E.) Oathout and to this union five children were born including, Janette (Jan) Lea, Baby Ann, Cindy Lou, Jettie Kip and Weston Moore.

Her living children include; Jan and Terry Williams of Rome, KS, Cindy Hamilton of Grove, OK; grandchildren and great grandchildren; Amy Williams Wilkey and Lawrence Washington of Rome, KS, Blaine, Blake, Bayley and Braydyn Wilkey; Wyatt and Stephanie Williams of Wichita, KS, Nolan and Aubree Williams; Buffy (Hamilton) and Tobey Heater of Oklahoma City, OK, Zella, Elsa, Clara and Willa; Maci (Hamilton) and Jason Jessie of Tahlequah, OK, Maddie; Brett Oathout and fiancé Cara Willms of Caldwell, KS; Cami (Hamilton) and Stephen Highers of Talequah, OK, Jack Edward (J.E.); Jill (Oathout) and Richard Crumbliss of Caldwell, KS, Piper and Richie; Savannah (Hamilton) and Jeffery Brodrick of Oklahoma City, OK.

Preceding Wilma in death are her husband of 60 years, J.E.; daughter, Baby Ann; sons, Jettie Kip and Weston Moore; grandson, Nicholas Philip Hamilton and great-great-granddaughter, Annika Lou Heater.

Wilma loved her husband and family. Wilma loved nursing and helping people. Wilma loved life and found something to be happy about everyday of her life.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Caldwell.Memorials may be given in Wilma's name to the Sumner County Hospital District #1.

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Elizabeth Williams

Family and Friends - 04/08/2013

I'll always remember your mother with that wonderful smile. I worked with her at the hospital back in 1967 to 1969. She always made the day worthwhile.



Family and Friends - 04/08/2013

what fun we had at the old hospital . When the new one was ready to open, we all loaded our cars and took things to the new one... we were all so proud.. Now another of those wonderful people has left us... jeanne johnston and i were the babies. but the older one took such good care of us. You always wanted to look nice in our white uniforms because you never knew when Wima would drag out that old camera of hers.. Those t imes were wonderful menories, and we will all miss our Wilma... All you kids, grands and greats are in my thoughts and prayers,,,,,,


Harriet (Bruey) Fillmore

Family and Friends - 04/08/2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Wilma for several years at the hospital and she quickly became a mother figure to me since I was only 16 when I started. She was so much fun to work with. I have such wonderful memories of her and our "weekend crew". My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


Cindy Belmear

Family and Friends - 04/08/2013

Wilma was such a joyful person. I always enjoyed working with her and listening to stories from the "old days of nursing". She could tell the best stories and have us all in stitches. She never lost her humor even as the years went by....always had a smile and a laugh. Such a positive person! She will be missed.


Charles Tyler Class of 1978

Family and Friends - 04/09/2013

Wilma is a special lady. Like most mothers that have a son or daughter in our class of 1978, they cared for us like we were their own kid. Many wonderful memories come to mind the times we spent at all the homes of these wonderful mothers and fathers. Truly helped mold this class of 1978. Always a kind word or helping hand.Our class is very blessed to have known this wonderful lady. May God bless the family in their time of loss.


Hazel Oathout

Family and Friends - 04/09/2013

I always felt blessed to be a part of the Oathout family and having Wilma as a 'cousin' was a special blessing. She was a lovely person and touched many lives in such a positive way. She was loved and will be missed.


Roy Pethtel

Family and Friends - 04/11/2013

Dearest Jan and Cindy, You're Dad and Mom meant so much to me; I think of JE frequently and will think of your wonderful Mom just a much. You're family has given me many wonderful memories and I'll cherish them always. At Oathout Family reunions; the many pictures and memory albums Wilma put together and brought each year are so much fun to look at and bring forth more wonderful memories.

I won't be able to attend Wilmas' funeral and want you to know how much I love you; I'll be thinking of you in this time of loss and sorrow. May God bless you!!!


Ted and Susan Sipe

Family and Friends - 04/11/2013

To Wilma's dear family-----

Wilma was such a pleasure to be around--always had a story to tell and a smile to flash! She welcomed every person into the family with open arms and was proud to tell you about the history of the Moores' and Jones'.

We will miss her smile and her company at the family gatherings.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. Heaven's got a keeper!


Ted and Susan


Norma Chandler

Family and Friends - 04/12/2013

Jan, Cindy and Families,

I am so sorry of our loss of Aunt Wilma. She was always so much fun, such a joy to us all. My heart is breaking, as I can't be there to share your grief and sorrow today, although I am, from afar. Your family has always been "there" for us and I really, really appreciate that so very much!

I will be thinking of you today and in the days to come.

Love to you all,



Joan Lasiter Metcalf

Family and Friends - 04/14/2013

To the Family of Wilma, Your loss is my loss. Her and your Dad were like my 2nd parents. I have my book that Wilma wrote and will cherish it alway. What a book. I have so many great memories of Mother and her. How close they were, just like sisters. I will cherish those memories always. Her laughter will always be heard, and oh good she laught. It's difficult losing the last of the Jones-Moore Family. My tears will fall often thinking of the good times we all had. My love to all of you.


Susan Ott

Family and Friends - 04/15/2013

I met Wilma in the latter part of her life. She was always so much fun to be around. She was always smiling. I am going to miss her witty sense of humor. I am so glad that I met her and got to hang out with her. She was truly a very special person and will be missed by many.


Eldon and Nikki Misak

Family and Friends - 04/18/2013

You could hear the birds sign when Wilma laughed and she laughed often. She was such a joy to be around. Her passion for her nursing just shined. She could make anyone feel better just by being in her prescence. As a child growing up I remember that she and JE were wonderful neighbors, Saturday night card games and wonderful food. I know that her family will miss her greatly but I also know that her love of God will give them comfort to know that she is happy and singing with the Lord.



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