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Mary Ellen (White) Wilson
Aug 11, 1920 - Mar 20, 2018
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 12:00am News Staff


Mary Ellen Wilson was born August 11, 1920 to Russell and Grace Bedwell White on a farm near Okeene. She passed away in Hennessey on March 20, 2018, at age 97.

The funeral service will be in the First Baptist Church in Hennessey on Friday, March 23 at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors at Cordry Gritz Funeral Home on Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. Mary graduated high school in Okeene in 1937 and began work as an aide in the Okeene hospital. In 1939, she married Wesley Wilson. They raised four children, Jim, Jerry, Paul and Ruth. Upon Wesley’s discharge from the Army they moved to a farm near Oklahoma City, and in 1955 to a farm near Lacey. Besides household chores, Mary raised a large garden, milked cows and helped with other farm work. In 1976 Mary and Wesley moved to Hennessey, where they were deeply involved with the First Baptist Church. In the early 1970s, immigrants began arriving from Mexico to work in the oil field and agriculture. Mary and Wesley made new friends, helping them find work, housing, medical care, and of course, a spiritual home. Many early arrivals had yet to learn English, so Mary and Wesley helped establish the Spanish Baptist Church, Cristo Rey. They began spending time in the small Mexican town of Madera, from which some immigrants had come, working to establish a Baptist church there. Mary was a devoted wife for sixty-four years, until Wesley’s passing in 2003. As a mother, she tempered discipline with love and compassion. Her service to others was guided by devotion to her Christian faith.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, husband Wesley, and her daughter-in-law Julia.

She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Jo White and Lanetta Wilson; four children, Jim (Linda) Wilson, Jerry (Norma) Wilson, Paul (Cindy) Wilson, and Ruth (Mike) Craig; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; four great, great grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate in Mary’s honor to Gideons International or to Enid Circle of Love Hospice with the funeral home serving as custodian of the fund.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Hennessey Manor for their excellent care.

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