Margaret Ann Wilkerson © Trout Funeral Home 01-2018 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Margaret Ann Wilkerson passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at The Renaissance of Ponca City. She was 91 years old. Margaret was born on April 23, 1926 in Ponca City to her parents, Walter and Myrtle Barrick. She graduated from Ponca City High School. Margaret married Francis Eugene Wilkerson on March 30, 1946 in Ponca City.
One of Margaretís first jobs as a young girl was running the elevator in the Security Bank building in downtown Ponca City. It was a job she said she loved to do because she enjoyed meeting the people who used it. She said she would also sometimes sing to them as she ran them from floor to floor. Later, she was an AT&T operator, which she continued to do for a while after she and Francis were married. She and her husband, Francis, were members of Northeast Baptist Church for over 35 years, where both became very involved. One thing they enjoyed doing together was to be part of the nursing home ministry. She would always share how hard it was to see some of the residents and how lonely they were, but knew the importance of going because their visit, for some, was the only visit they got.
Margaretís positive and giving personality was infectious to all she was around. She made friends easily and treated everyone as if they were special. In her ability to be creative and crafty, she could wrap a gift so beautifully the recipient didnít want to open it. In her later years, Margaret wrote poetry. She said that her Lord and Savior would put a poem in her heart any time of the day and she would stop right then and write it down. She wrote many poems, until it became too hard for her to see to write. Margaret will be missed by so many because she was loved by so many. Margaret is survived by her grandson, Brandon Wilkerson of South Texas, his wife Katie, their three children, and many close friends too numerous to name.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Francis, and her son, E.J. Wilkerson.
A funeral ceremony for Margaret will be held at 10 am Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Northeast Baptist Church in Ponca City with Dr. Larry Nigh presiding. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Casket bearers will be: Charlie Blew, Julian Ford, Jim Wilkinson, Stan Hinshaw, David Womble, and Billy Arnold. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Gene Tarr and Jerrell Evans.
Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory in Ponca City.
Francis Eugene Wilkerson © Trout Funeral Home 08-2006 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
© Trout Funeral Home
Francis Eugene Wilkerson, longtime Ponca City resident, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 31, 2006. He was 80. The funeral celebration of his homecoming will be held at 10am on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006 at the Northeast Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Larry Nigh, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, under the direction of Trout Funeral Home.
Francis E. Wilkerson was born Aug. 18, 1926 in Ponca City, Okla., the son of James A. Wilkerson and Sylvia (Anderson) Wilkerson. He attended Pleasant View and Ponca City schools. He was united in marriage to Margaret Ann Barrick on March 30, 1946 in Ponca City, OK. They resided in Blackwell from 1946 to 1969. They then moved back to Ponca City, and have resided here since. He was employed with the Texaco Bulk plant and J.K. Boersma while in Blackwell. In Ponca City he was employed with J.K. Boersma, Maker Construction and Mertz Inc for 25 years as a supervisor and heavy equipment operator until his retirement. He was a member and Deacon of Northeast Baptist Church, and the Adult 7 Sunday School Class. He had taught Sunday School in the Junior and high school departments and was a door greeter for many years. He was also in the nursing home ministry for several years. He loved his church family, people of all ages were precious to him. He had helped with many church building projects which brought him much joy. His hobbies were landscaping and woodworking. He loved people and helping people.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ann Wilkerson, son, E.J. Wilkerson and his wife Karen of South Padre Island, TX, one grandson, Brandon Wilkerson of Houston, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, three brothers The family will be at 1603 Shirlee Avenue.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Baptist Church, 2200 Pecan Road, Ponca City, OK 74604.
Casket bearers will be Don Wilkerson, Charley Blew, Dennis Dye, Al Peck, Dawson Smith, Kip Bird. Honorary casket bearers will be Kenny Bryer, Forrest Mertz, Don Mertz.
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