Wilma Lee Black passed away at Arbor House Reminisce on June 3, 2018. She was born at the Post Office in Braden, OK. that was operated by her parents, Leo Henry and Willa Ella Perrin Hassell on May 20, 1926.
Wilma grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas where she was active in Girls Club and tap danced for several years in a troupe that performed locally. Through High School she worked as an usherette at Joie Movie Theatre. As World War II continued, government recruiters came to her high school looking for girls to fill the clerical positions in Washington D. C. that had previously been filled by men now serving in the military. Wilma applied and was hired to work in the Surgeon General’s Office in Washington D.C. She kept detailed scrapbooks of this time and though they are brittle with age, her daughters have always enjoyed looking at this period in their Mother’s life. Wilma transferred from Washington D.C. to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City. While living in OKC she met and married Garvin W. Felton. They Moved to Norman, OK in 1946 and had two daughters.
Since moving to Norman, Wilma has been an active member of First Baptist Church where she has served in WMU and held several teaching positions. She was employed for many years at Norman Regional Hospital in Accounts Payable and Insurance. She worked as a volunteer for the Norman Hospital Auxiliary, logging over 3500 hours. Wilma was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed sewing for her daughters, for friends, and to decorate her home. In her later years, she became an avid quilter. Grandchildren and greatgrandchildren will remember her as they cuddle in the special quilts she made each of them.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Garvin W. Felton, her second husband, of 35 years, Leland E. Black, her brother Wayne P. Hassell and two sisters, Edna L. Thompson and Mary Jean Hassell and son-in-law Dennis Mask.
Survivors include her three daughters, Mary Linda and husband Hugh Calloway, Amelia Beck (Becky), and Karen Mask, her dear friend, companion, and love of her life Ralph Moulton, six grandchildren Rob Oviatt and wife Myra, Elizabeth McNamara and husband Kevin, and Rebecca Calloway and husband Tim, Denny Mask and wife Cindy, Dr. Derek Mask and wife Nicole and Daniel Mask and wife Kim, and 16 greatgrandchildren.
A Visitation will be Tuesday June 5th, 2018 from 1:00pm-2:00pm prior to the Memorial Service that will begin 2:00 PM Tuesday June 5, 2018 at Havenbrook Funeral Home.
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