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Edith Oleta Wimberly

September 3, 1927 ~ January 23, 2021 (age 93)

Obituary

Graveside Services for Edith Oleta Wimberly, 93, Nursery owner, who died on Saturday, January 23, 2021, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Morgan Mill Cemetery with Frank Briscoe officiating.

Edith was born in Lone Camp, Texas, on September 3, 1927, to Charley Byron and Zelma Unice (Cohron) Reagan. She married Don Wimberly on December 26, 1946, in Morgan Mill, Texas. He preceded her in death on February 13, 2019.

She was a member of the Church of Christ. Don and Edith worked as partners owning and operating numerous nurseries including several Wolfe Nursery locations.

Survivors include her daughter, Sue Grams and husband, Leroy, of Benkelman, Nebraska; grandchildren, Scott Grams and wife, Amye, of Kearney, Nebraska, Melisa Salter and husband, Jim, of Grand Island, Nebraska, and Wendy Taggart and husband, Paul, of Tomball, Texas; and nine great grandchildren, Seth, Cameron, Brittney, Haley, Jackson, Sarah, Connor, Emily, and Logan. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna McMinn.

It is so saddening that the life of this amazing lady cannot be celebrated like it should be because of this pandemic we’ve been in for almost a year now. If you knew Edith, you loved her and probably have a fond memory or story that comes to mind. She was always kind to everyone and especially known for making pies and sugar cookies for everyone. She could tell you story after story and they never got old. She and Don traveled playing guitar and singing with their group calling themselves the “Buckaroos”. They loved it! The two of them would sing and share the story of their marriage proposal and always had anyone listening smiling. She was an amazing and caring wife, mother, and Gma (grandmother/great grandmother), and friend whose smiling face will be dearly missed. Although our hearts are hurting knowing she’s not physically with us anymore, we can take comfort knowing she’s happily reunited with the love of her life up in heaven. Written by granddaughter Melisa & great granddaughter Brittney Salter.

Edith Oleta (Reagan) Wimberly was born on September 3, 1927 at Lone Camp, Palo Pinto County, Texas and passed away at Stephenville Senior Care Center on January 23, 2021 evidently from complications, after being tested positive, of the Chinese corona virus. Her final resting place is in the family cemetery at Morgan Mill, Texas, a few blocks from where she grew up with her father & mother, Charley Byron (1899-1979) & Zelma Unice (Cohron) Reagan (1905-2000), and also just a few blocks from the Morgan Mill school where, at a very young age, she was a teacher.  She aced the school teacher certificate test, a requirement to become a school teacher. Being a successful school teacher, she caught the attention of a young man named Don who played a guitar and was a hard- working young man and became married to him at the tender age of 19. That marriage blossomed for more than 72 years, along with raising two children, Donna Elaine & Sue Ellen (sometimes Susie to Edith). Donald Mack Wimberly was born at Duffau, Erath County, Texas on September 30, 1926 to Elmo Ezekiel (1881-1954) and Katie Estella (Moore) Wimberly. He loved to play the guitar and actually played the guitar to serenade Edith to help her make up her mind whether or not to marry him. She once said that she didn’t even like him the first time that she saw him. The words of the song he sang to her are as follows: If I had a nickel, I know what I would do, I’d spend it all for candy and give it all to you, cause that’s how much I love you baby, that’s how much I love you. Now if you were a kitten with pretty glossy fur, I’d take you up and stroke you and listen to you purr, that’s how much I love you. Now if you were a horse fly and I an old grey mare, I’d stand and let you bite me and never move a hair. That’s how much I love you. Now if you want to marry now let me tell you what I’ll go and find the parson and let him tie the knot, we’ll go and find the parson

and let him tie the knot, that’s how much I love you Edith, that’s how much I love you.

When they were first married, they lived near a ballpark in Stephenville and they acquired a snow cone machine and sold cones at the ballgames. They managed to saved enough money to go and eat at the grand opening of Jake & Dorothy’s restaurant, a treat not to having to cook that day. Don worked for Wolf Nurseries in grafting pecan trees originally and eventually working up to management positions in Stephenville, later moving to New Mexico, Oklahoma and back to various cities in Texas opening new stores for Wolff nurseries. Eventually, Don & Edith moved to Plainview, Texas where they built a new nursery of their own, well established that one and moved to Meridian, Texas and built a nursery there, later selling that and retiring. They liked owning their own business and especially enjoyed working side-by-side together. Edith managed the store end and Don managed the outside stock, the landscaping, and the Christmas tree flocking in either white or blue colors. Texan’s seemed to love Colorado blue spruce trees and Don, Edith, daughter Sue and husband would acquire a permit and go to the Colorado Rockies and ball & burlap trees and transport them back to the nursery. Upon their retirement they joined and traveled several years with the Sojourners, a group of Christian people traveling in campers to all parts of the United States to help congregations do whatever work was needed, painting, cleaning or evangelistic work. They dearly enjoyed that work and seeing the country. Edith loved to sew, cook, and bake. She was known far and wide for her unique sugar cookies. Many times, a plate of sugar cookies was enough payment for any small task that someone would do for them. Edith liked to garden and would let her son-in-law in Nebraska know that her tomatoes were ripe nearly before his were planted. Edith and Don loved to get together with friends and relatives and play the domino game of forty-two and eighty-four. If you did not know how to play the game, they delighted in teaching you. Throughout her life she was a beacon of hope and an inspiration to others, hardly ever complaining, and always keeping herself busy. She truly lived life to the fullest with a courageous and generous heart. She and Don were baptized, lifelong and active members of the Church of Christ wherever they lived. She and Don celebrated their 72-wedding anniversary on December 26, 2018 and they were very proud and honored to reach that milestone in their life together.

 

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Services

Graveside Service
Saturday
January 30, 2021

10:30 AM
Morgan Mill Cemetery
off Hwy. 281 & FM 1188
Morgan Mill, TX 76465

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