Wilma Sue Hajek, age 84, of Medford, OK died on July 5, 2021. She was born on February 1, 1937 to John and Nendee Scheihing in Blackburn, OK. She grew up working the family farm milking cows and tending the garden until she graduated from Blackburn High School in 1955. She attended Oklahoma State University when she graduated in 1959 with a degree in vocational Home Economics. While at OSU, she met a life-long friend, Theresa Dell. OSU has not been the same since.
She started teaching in Caldwell, KS where she taught HomeEc from 1959 - 61. While in Caldwell, she was active in the Business Professional Womens Organization where she served as president. She met the love of her life in Caldwell, James Hajek by racing her new Cheverolet Impala against his Ford where she won every time. The race went on until she stopped. They were married in 1961 and made their home on the family farm in Renfrow, OK. She and Jim were life-long partners in farming. Wilma drove a tractor and a truck during wheat harvest. Her least favorite part of harvest was backing the truck up to the auger. Her favorite part was rising early and frying a chicken for lunch. She was awarded honorary state and chapter farmer by the Future Farmers of American (FFA).
She taught elementary school, grades 1-8 from 1963-66 in a one room school house.
In 1968, she started teaching at Medford, OK, retiring after 23 years. During this time, she taught students to cook and sew. Some loved her sewing projects so much that they have become family heirlooms and others still get rave reviews of her recipes. Her greatest joy was taking students to state and national Future Homemaker of America (FHA)conventions. Any of those that attended a convention can still remember and laugh about the activities of those days. She loved her students unconditionally always encouraging and complementing them on their achievements. She not only touched the lives of teenagers of her comunity but was also very active in civil orgizations. She held multiple offices in the Red Bud Home Extension club (charter member), Grant County Retired Teachers, Busy Moms, and the Ambucks. Making entries to the Grant County Fair was always a joy.
Wilma was well organized and could get 26 hours work into a 24 hour day. She didn't know the word "NO". As the FHA advisor, she worked with her students preparing numerous banquets and dinners for various organizations such as Chamber of Commerce, Lion's Club, FHA District meetings, Young Homemakers, Koch Oil, Senior Citizens, Medford Progress Club, FFA Slave Suppers, and the list could go on. She was involved in fund drives for the Heart Association, Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy, and the March of Dimes. Wilma also helped secure a mini-bus for the Senior Citizens of Grant County. She help make and organized thousands of cupcakes that sold for a dime each to raise money for the Cancer Society and March of Dimes.
She was an avid sports fan. As the Pep Club sponsor, she attended every MHS football and basketball game for years. Wilma washed all their uniforms and made hospitality food for the coaches. She never missed watching on TV an Oklahoma University, Oklahoma State University, or Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game. She was loyal not only to the teams but to each player.
She is survived by her daughters Sandra Parsons (Bill) of West Siloam Springs, OK and Amy Hajek (Peter Perretti) of Ashville, NC; grandchildren John Parsons, Joe Parsons (Mary), and James Parsons; sister Mattie Scheihing; several neices and nephews and countless friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Nendee Scheihing; her hubsand, James Hajek of 56 years; and brother, David Scheihing.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, July 9, 2021 at the Assembly of God Church in Caldwell, Kansas. Burial will follow at Caldwell City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Medford High School for scholarships and sent in care of the mortuary.
Visitation will be held 8am-5pm Wednesday and 8am to 8 pm Thursday.