Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Wilma Garland

Born: 09/25/1921 Died: 10/08/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

Wilma J. Garland, 90, passed away on Oct. 8, 2011, in Oklahoma City. She was born on Sept. 25, 1921. During World War II she worked for the federal government as a clerk in the Gasoline, Price and Rationing Office in Stigler. She married Jerry W. Garland in 1948, and they made their home in Stigler. After 30 years as a caseworker with the Department of Human Services, she retired and she and her husband became “winter Texans,” spending winter at their vacation home in Rio Grande Valley where they golfed and fished. She and her husband also enjoyed traveling to New Mexico for part of their summer, visiting Santa Fe and Pecos. In retirement, she kept busy with many hobbies especially golf, oil painting, fishing and studying Spanish. Even at age 88 she enrolled in Spanish class. She cared for her family very much and enjoyed many happy days with them after moving to Oklahoma City in September of 2006. Her friends also were very important to her and she kept in contact with many of her school friends from Stigler, including her dear friend and roommate from Connors College. She was a member of Main Street Baptist Church in Stigler. She loved her church and all of her church friends. Her family is very grateful to Mercy Hospice of Oklahoma City for the support, care and love extended during her illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Zenos W. Garland and Leda Mae Stevens Garland; sister Lucille Garland Frizzell; brother Billy Ray Garland; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Frizzell and Eugene Merriman; and sisters-in-law, Betty Garland and Opal Garland. She is survived by her husband, Jerry W. Garland; daughter Ann Simank Bankhead with husband Gary; granddaughter Jean Ann Frank with husband Richard; grandson Edmund Dow Simank III; great-grandfather, Kaylee Simank, all of Oklahoma City; and one sister, Jo Merriman of Stigler.