Emma Belle <I>DeVaney</I> Wilder

Emma Belle DeVaney Wilder

Birth
Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Death 19 Mar 2007 (aged 88)
Joplin, Newton County, Missouri, USA
Burial Joplin, Newton County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 18708942 · View Source
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Emma Belle Wilder, age 88, Joplin, Mo, passed away during her sleep early Monday morning, March 19, 2007 at National Health Care nursing home.

Mrs. Wilder was born March 2, 1919 in Joplin, Missouri to the late Galen A. DeVaney and Zella Jordan DeVaney. Emmy, as she was known to friends and family, had lived in Joplin all her life, except for a brief time spent at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey where her husband was first stationed in WW II. She was very active in and had been a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority since the early 1940's. When a young woman, she was a secretary at Atlas Powder company, and later assisted her husband in his photography studio. She was a homemaker, devoted wife and mother, and caregiver to her parents, mother-in-law and elder sisters. She was a member of the First Community Church and active in the Women's Society.

She married Hal Wilder on November 22, 1942 in Joplin, Missouri. He preceded her in death on May 4, 2002.

Survivors include her daughter, Gaylen Whiteman and husband Bruce, Bellevue, Washington; son Ken Wilder and wife Nancy, Joplin; one grandchild, Claire Townsend and husband Brian and their sons, Emmy's three great grandchildren, Ian, Elliot and Aiden Townsend, Little Rock, Arkansas. She is also survived by three nephews: John Secrest, St Louis, Michael Albright, Honolulu, Hawaii and Stewart DeVaney, Plano, Texas; one niece, Allison DeVaney, Austin, Texas, and several other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Memorial services will be Saturday, March 24th at 2:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary, Joplin, Missouri. The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary, immediately following the memorial services. The family will attend a private interment service at 11:00 am at Osborn Cemetery, preceding the public Memorial Service in the afternoon.


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  • Maintained by: Judie
  • Originally Created by: Jody
  • Added: 1 Apr 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 18708942
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Emma Belle DeVaney Wilder (2 Mar 1919–19 Mar 2007), Find a Grave Memorial no. 18708942, citing Osborne Memorial Cemetery, Joplin, Newton County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Judie (contributor 47060920) .