Lisa Smith Taylor Wilson © Roberts and Son Funeral Home 01-2013 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Lila Smith Taylor Wilson of Braman, Oklahoma, died January 23, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Lyons, Kansas, at the age of 100 years.
Lila Smith Taylor Wilson was born on August 7, 1912, in Kay County, Oklahoma, to pioneer parents, James W. and Inez (Stevens) Smith. Her father was a homesteader in the opening of the Cherokee Strip in September of 1893, and the land still remains in Lila’s family. The seventh of eleven children, Lila grew up in Kay County and attended LaBelle Grade School. Because of the distance between their farm and Braman, her father made living arrangements for her and her siblings in Braman so they could attend Braman High School. While in school she participated in many activities including the basketball team, which were a state championship contender her senior year. She graduated from Braman High School in 1932. She married Forrest Taylor on December 25, 1933, and they settled in the Braman area and began farming during the great depression. She was an active partner in the family farming operation. She drove a tractor, hauled wheat and whatever else needed to be done, all the while serving her family as a homemaker.
She created a loving home that was always welcoming and family members loved to visit. She was famous for her “homegrown” fried chicken and holiday noodles the grandchildren came to expect. She and Forrest were longtime members of the KO Card Club where pitch was the favorite game. Her husband preceded her in death on June 16, 1982, and she continued to make Braman her home. She also held membership in the Lowe Center Club and was a strong supporter of the Braman Schools and community. She was a sixty-three year member of the Braman United Methodist Church where she served on the hospitality committee and supported the annual church bazaar by making hand machined rugs. She was the last surviving member of a group of her senior women friends known as the “Golden Girls” who enjoyed participating in Braman parades. She also enjoyed traveling, fishing trips, following her grandchildren’s activities and family and friends. She later married Howard Wilson in November of 1986. They enjoyed ten years of dancing and traveling before his death in 1996. She was able to celebrate her 100th birthday in August of 2012 with all her family. She will always be remembered for her strength of character and love and commitment to her family.
She is survived by two daughters, Joan Davison and husband Dean of Lyons, Kansas, and Sharon Ray and husband Leroy of Braman; a son-in-law, Jerry Johnston of Braman; a step-son, Mike Wilson and wife Cheryl of Sumner, Washington; grandchildren, Kerry Davison and wife Mary of Lyons, Kansas, Jerri Lynn Stevak and husband Ed of Houston, Texas, Karen Davison of Heber Springs, Arkansas, Keith Ray and wife Diane of Braman, Craige Johnston and wife Sara of Tulsa, Bob Ray and wife Judy of Tulsa, Shari Dalal and husband Adwait of Wichita, Kansas, Diane Heinly and husband Shannon of Derby, Kansas, and Jeff Ray and wife Jennifer of Blackwell; step-grandchildren, Aaron, Heidi and Matthew Wilson of Sumner, Washington; great grandchildren, Nick Davison and wife Melanie, Megan Davison, Tyler Davison, Kortney Davison, Kelsi Davison, Ashley Johnston Swart, Colin Johnston, Taylor Stevak, Russell Ray, Brittany Ray, Kylie Ray, Kelsey Ray, Jordan Dalal, Ashtyn Dalal, Arynn Dalal, Brylee Ray, Brooklyn Ray and Bryson Ray; great great grandchildren, Lila and Jackson Swart; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Marilyn Johnston; a grandson, Michael Davison; five brothers, Mervin, Chester, Gail, Willard and Eugene; and five sisters, Muriel, Frieda, Gladyce, Eunice and Carol.
Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 26th in the Braman United Methodist Church with Rev. C. M. Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Braman Cemetery.
Casketbearers will be Kerry Davison, Keith Ray, Nick Davison, Craige Johnston, Bob Ray and Jeff Ray.
A memorial has been established in her honor with the Braman United Methodist Church in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631.
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