Wilma Joyce Smithson was born March 27, 1939 in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Cecil Smithson and Sylvia Basham Smithson. She graduated from Geneseo High School, Geneseo, Illinois in 1957. She married Ronald Louis Wisdom December 7, 1957 in Peoria, Illinois. She retired in July 1986 as head cook at Hillcrest Nursing home, Geneseo. She had been a newspaper carrier for the Daily Dispatch. She was a member of 1st United Methodist Church, Geneseo.