Rudolph, Wilma Glodean b. June 23, 1940 d. November 12, 1994 Athlete. Born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee, the 20th of her father's 22 children, Wilma's premature weight was 4½ pounds. A sickly child, the bulk of her early years were spent in bed. She suffered from double pneumonia, scarlet fever and polio. After losing the use of her left leg, she was fitted with metal leg braces when she was 6. Her brothers and sisters took turns massaging her crippled leg every day. Once a week her mother drove her to a Nashville hospital for therapy. Despite further...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Edgefield Missionary Baptist Church, Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, USA
Cooper, Wilma Lee b. February 7, 1921 d. September 13, 2011 Musician. Called the "First Lady of Bluegrass", she was a longtime star of Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. Raised in central West Virginia, she took to music early and was a part of her family's gospel group The Leary Family from her teens. Following her 1939 marriage to Dale "Stoney" Cooper she toured as 'Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper' performing both country and Christian songs while simultaneously earning a degree from Davis and Elkins College. In 1947 the pair began appearing on WWVA, Wheeling...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA GPS coordinates: 36.1176491, -86.7650986 (hddd.dddd)
Burgess, Wilma Charlene b. June 11, 1939 d. August 26, 2003 Country Singer. Burgess was born on June 11, 1939, in Orlando, Florida, where she later attended Stetson University, to study physical education. After graduating in 1960 she turned her interests to music after attending an Eddy Arnold concert. She at first wanted to record pop music, but on the advice of a friend, she changed to country music and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. After Burgess arrived in Nashville, Tennessee, she recorded some demos for Owen Bradley, who quickly signed her to a...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Mankiller, Chief. Wilma Pearl b. November 18, 1945 d. April 6, 2010 Cherokee Chief, Activist and Author. Wilma Mankiller rose from being a dirt poor Oklahoma farm girl, on a farm dubbed Mankiller Flats near Stilwell, Adair County, Oklahoma, to become the first woman to hold the Cherokee Nation's highest office. She served as the Cherokee Nation's principal chief from 1985 to 1995. In the late 1960's, she became an activist for American Indian causes and women's rights. Among her many awards and honors, she was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the...[Read More] (Bio by: Donna) Echota Cemetery, Stilwell, Adair County, Oklahoma, USA Plot: Southeast Corner
Dykeman, Wilma b. May 20, 1920 d. December 22, 2006 Author. This Asheville, North Carolina native wrote eighteen novels and non-fiction works chronicling life in her beloved Appalachia. Her most popular work, "The French Broad" was published in 1955 and is considered a classic that helped fuel a revival in the Appalachian literature genre. The book was one of the first writings that called attention to the need for good environmental stewardship and proudly celebrated the author's love for the region's people. Among her other works are three...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Fine, Wilma b. March 29, 1927 d. September 21, 2009 Grammy Winning Record Producer. A pioneer both as a woman in the record business and as an engineer, she helped create the "Mercury Living Presence" discs which remain benchmarks of sonic excellence. Raised in Fort Worth, Texas, she studied music education and business at North Texas State University prior to landing a job as secretary to Maestro Antal Dorati who was then music director the Dallas Symphony. She followed Dorati to the Minnesota Symphony but soon relocated to New York to work for...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Ashes fiven to Mrs. Fine's son
Cooper, Jeanne (Wilma Jeanne) b. October 25, 1928 d. May 8, 2013 Actress. Best known for her role as 'Katherine Chancellor' on "The Young and the Restless," a role she played from 1974 until her death. Cooper received ten Daytime Emmy nominations, nine for Outstanding Lead Actress and one for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and two Primetime Emmy nominations; she won the 2008 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmys in 2004. Cooper has a star on the Hollywood Walk of...[Read More] (Bio by: Jennifer M.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, A portion of her ashes were scattered
Cooper, Dale Troy b. October 16, 1918 d. March 22, 1977 Musician. Born in Harman, West Virginia, he was a master country fiddler and vocalist known as Stoney Cooper. Together with his wife Wilma Lee Leary, they were known as Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, one of the biggest country music acts of the 1940s through the 1960s. In 1948, Cooper signed a recording contract with Columbia and they were also a staple of the Grand Ole Opry for over 20 years. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA Plot: Everlasting Life Lot 120-D GPS coordinates: 36.1176491, -86.7650986 (hddd.dddd)
Morlok, Helen D. b. May 19, 1930 d. October 31, 2003 Folk Figure. Along with her sisters, Helen, Edna, Sarah, and Wilma, they were born on May 19, 1930, at the Edward Sparrow Hospital, in Lansing, Michigan, to Sadie and Carl Morlock, a nurse and an unemployed factory worker. At the sisters birth they were considered medical miracles and odds of having quadruplets babies at the time was 1 in 500,000. The Morlock sisters were listed several times in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world's oldest identical quadruplets. Wilma Morlock...[Read More] Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, De Witt, Clinton County, Michigan, USA Plot: Mausoleum
Morlok, Edna A. b. May 19, 1930 d. April 10, 2015 Folk Figure. Along with her sisters, Helen, Sarah, and Wilma, they were born on May 19, 1930, at the Edward Sparrow Hospital, in Lansing, Michigan, to Sadie and Carl Morlock, a nurse and an unemployed factory worker. At the sisters birth they were considered medical miracles and odds of having quadruplets babies at the time was 1 in 500,000. The Morlock sisters were listed several times in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world's oldest identical quadruplets. Wilma Morlock...[Read More] Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, De Witt, Clinton County, Michigan, USA
Hanna, William b. July 14, 1910 d. March 22, 2001 Animation mogul. Born to William John and Avice Joyce (Denby) Hanna in Melrose, New Mexico. He was the third of seven children and the only boy. In 1922, while living in Watts, he joined Scouting. He attended Compton High School from 1925 through 1928, where he played the saxophone in a dance band. His passion for music carried over into his career; he helped write songs for his cartoons, including the theme for The Flintstones. William better known as Bill became an Eagle Scout as a youth...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Ascension Cemetery, Lake Forest, Orange County, California, USA Plot: Section A, Tier 16, Grave 81
Vander Pyl, Jean b. October 11, 1919 d. April 11, 1999 Actress. Born in Philadelphia, her career spanned many decades on both radio and television. She is most fondly remembered for the role and voice of 'Wilma' on the animated TV series "The Flinstones". Her many credits included appearances on "Father Knows Best", "Leave It to Beaver", "Top Cat", "The Fireside Thearte", "The Donna Reed Show", "Mister T' and "Murder She Wrote". She died in Dana Point, California. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Lung cancer Ascension Cemetery, Lake Forest, Orange County, California, USA Plot: Section A, Tier 33, Grave 351 GPS coordinates: 33.6511383, -117.6937103 (hddd.dddd)
Winde, Beatrice b. January 5, 1924 d. January 3, 2004 Actress of Stage and Film. Born Beatrice Lucille Williams in Chicago, Illinois, she graduated from the Chicago Music Conservatory with hopes of pursuing a singing career. She attended Yale School of Music and toured with its "Colored Choir," then came to New York to study at Juilliard. Beatrice appeared in a number of memorable films dating back to the 1970s. Her first film role was in the landmark Made for TV movie "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (1974). She followed that with a role...[Read More] (Bio by: Noni) Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes scattered by her family at an undisclosed place in Chicago.
King, Bob b. January 6, 1934 d. January 26, 1989 Musician, Songwriter. Born in Joyceville, Ontario, and moved to Ottawa with his mother in the late 1930s. With the support of his stepfather, Bob mastered the guitar as a teen and, with two friends, now known as the "Country Cousins," entered and won numerous amateur contests. The decision to become a fulltime country music entertainer was made at age 16, and a subsequent solo competition saw him win first place over another aspiring singer, Paul Anka. Ottawa DJ, "Long John" Corrigan, arranged...[Read More] Cimetière Saint Joseph d'Orléans, Orleans, Ottawa Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Benedict, Ed b. August 23, 1912 d. August 28, 2006 Cartoon Animator. Best known for designing the characters of "The Flintstones" cartoon series. He designed the look of Fred, Barney, Wilma and Betty as well as their houses and foot-driven cars. He was working for MGM, Universal and various other studios on cartoon shorts when, in the late 1950s, he joined Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera when they launched the Hanna-Barbera TV animation studio. He designed various characters for Hanna-Barbera's first show "The Ruff & Reddy Show." The cast of...[Read More] (Bio by: Allcalmap) Cremated, Ashes scattered, at his request at Carmel Bay, California
Greenspan, Bud b. September 18, 1926 d. December 25, 2010 Documentary Filmmaker. He was best known for his coverage of the Olympics. Born Jonah J. Greenspan, he graduated from New York University, and overcame a speech impediment to pursue his career on New York radio serving as a sports director; he had his initial Olympic experience in 1948, covering the games in London. He achieved early recognition for his writing of a story on US weightlifter John Davis for the Reader's Digest. The piece allowed the reader to have a thorough understanding of...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Patrick, Lee b. November 22, 1901 d. November 21, 1982 Actress. A versatile performer, she played a wide variety of roles, mostly in Class B films during her five-decade career. The daughter of a trade paper editor, she began her career by appearing on the stock stage in her teens and debuted on Broadway in 1922 as an ensemble actress in "The Bunch and Judy," starring Fred Astaire. She continued working on Broadway during the 1920s and 1930s with notable performances in "The Green Beetle," "Baby Mine," "June Moon," "Little Women," "Blessed Event,"...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar, Orange County, California, USA