|Birth: ||Jul. 10, 1924|
|Death: ||Sep. 14, 2007|
My Aunt Wilma was my favorite aunt. No doubt about it. Any visit to Grandma's ensured getting to spend time with my cousins at my Aunt's. One of my cousin's, Terry, and I would save up our money and on my vacation's to Grandma's, we would visit the Dime Store in downtown Brunswick Missouri to purchase the plastic army men by the bag fulls and have full blown battles in either Grandma's big backyard or Aunt Wilma's house. The summer I turned 16, I failed my driving test twice, so I got a learners permit and went to spend two weeks with Grandma. Aunt Wilma had broken her foot the week before and couldn't drive, so I got to play chauffer for two weeks and had a blast! Driving her to her doctor's appointments, to bingo (her and Grandma were killer bingo players and would share with me...I wasn't too bad myself), to the store and any other place we could think of. I got to drive all over the middle of Missouri during those two weeks. Aunt Wilma also made an awsome rice pudding. No one has ever come close to making it the way she always made it. Anytime I visited, I was assured some rice pudding. As I got older, the visits came fewer and fewer. The summer after graduating high school, some classmates got to meet Aunt Wilma when we stopped in town with my car overheating. The radiator sprung a leak and we stopped for a pit stop and hopes to plug the leak. My gracious Aunt took us all in, got us something to drink, usually Pepsi.., and we got the car in working order for at least another 70 miles. The years flew on by and I would lose an Uncle, or an Aunt and always dreaded the day I would get the call that Aunt Wilma was gone. The summer of 2007, the summer she passed, we came thru on our way to see my parents and my Aunt got to see my daughters...something most people thought I would never do is settle down with a family. My last photo of her is one of her holding my two wonderful daughters....my oldest nearly 3 and my youngest all of 6 months old. She had the biggest smile on her face...not realzing that would be the last time we saw each other.
I got the call later in the summer....she had been having some issues and stomach problems. By the time they got her to the hospital, she needed surgery, but she didn't want to have surgery. She kept telling everyone that she wanted to go home...home to 501 Herring...where she lived for as long as I can remember. She told her grandson that is all she wanted to do.....and she did. Towards the end of her service, the reverand said that there would be a slight deviation for the procession to the cemetery. My Aunt's house was just down the road from the cemetery and as such, we would be passing by it enroute. My Aunt's house sat on a corner and had a drive way that you could enter from either the front or on one side of the house. So as to honor her final request, the hearse was to pull in the back drive and pull up alongside the house and would sit for a few minutes before proceeding to the cemetery. So she got to go home.....She now rests next to her mother, my Grandma in Elliott Grove Cemetery, one of the nicest cemeteries I have ever been in. I miss you Aunt Wilma....
A side note....our house numbers are the same as my aunts was, just in different order....and when my cousin Carolyn asked me if there was anything I wanted that had been my Aunt's....I told her the house numbers. When she realized that we had the same numbers, just different order, she pried them off herself and I plan on using them on our house as soon as we are done remodeling.
Obituary from Gibson Funeral Home in Brunswick.
Wilma Francis Kaiser, 83, of Brunswick, MO died on Friday, September 14, 2007 at the Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, MO. Wilma was born on July 10, 1924 in Chariton County, MO the daughter of John F. and Mary Josephine Kahler Masters. She was married to Otto Harold Kaiser on January 26, 1942 at Brunswick, MO. Harold preceded her in death on May 18, 1976. Wilma had been a housewife. She also had been a salesperson for, Avon, Tupperware and Sarah Coventry and had worked for Banquet Foods at Marshall, MO and the Grand Chariton Manor Convalescent Home in Brunswick, MO. She was a member of the Rucker-McAllister Post #7 American Legion Auxiliary of Brunswick, MO. She was a Christian. She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Jenkins O'Neal and her husband Sam of Blue Springs, MO and Carolyn Tyler and her husband Glenn of Raytown, MO; two sons, Richard Kaiser and his wife Ann of Strafford, MO and Terry Kaiser and his wife Sharon of Fredricktown, MO; two brothers, Jerry Masters of Union, MO and Robert Lee Masters of Linn, MO; one sister, Helen Johnson of Seymour, MO; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her twin brother Bill,
twin brothers Murl and Burl Masters, brothers, George Issac Masters and Charles Weldon Masters and sisters, Esther Masters and Nancy Morelan. Funeral services were held at the Gibson Funeral Home in Brunswick, MO Monday, September 17, 2007 at 10:30 A.M. Reverend Lanny Lybarger officiated. Burial was in the Elliott Grove Cemetery at Brunswick, MO. Pallbearers were Richard and Terry Kaiser, Darrell Jenkins, Carl Fredrick Johnson, Noel Tyler and Rick Winfrey. Honorary Pallbearers were Lamar Newman, Truman Barnes, Brian Kaiser and Raymond Barnes. Memorials may be made to: Rucker-McAllister Post # 7 American Legion Auxiliary, or the Brunswick Christian Church.
John Frank Masters (1899 - 1957)
Mary Josephine Kahler Masters (1901 - 2000)
O. Harold Kaiser (1917 - 1976)
George Issac Masters (1919 - 1919)*
Burl v Masters (1921 - 1990)*
Murl V Masters (1921 - 2005)*
Wilma F. Masters Kaiser (1924 - 2007)
Wilbur F Masters (1924 - 1992)*
Nancy Katherine Morelan (1932 - 2004)*
Charles Weldon Masters (1935 - 1940)*
Esther Elizabeth Masters (1939 - 1941)*
Elliott Grove Cemetery
Plot: Div. 2, Blk. 3, Lot 4, Subl. 3
Created by: Carl F. Johnson
Record added: Jun 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53644380