Delores Ruth Wilson, 84, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
She was born Nov. 15, 1931, in Elsmore, the daughter of Fred F. and Anna Emily Caroline (Seastedt) Tippie. Delores attended Elsmore schools, graduating from Elsmore High School in 1949. After graduation, she worked for a brief time as a secretary in Kansas City.
Delores married William Fred Wilson Jr. on March 26, 1950, in Elsmore. This union was blessed with five children. In the early years of their marriage, she and Bill lived and farmed in rural Walnut. In 1956, they moved to Elsmore where they owned and operated Wilson Feed Store until 1963. For many years, Delores worked as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Elsmore and Erie. She also was the secretary for Elsmore Grade School from the mid-sixties until its closure.
Delores was a member of the Elsmore United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star, and Daughters of the Nile.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, daughter Debra Jeanne Otto, grandson Carl William Otto, brother Caroll Fred Tippie and brother-in-law Arthur Junior Kyser.
Delores is survived by daughters, Judith Anne Wilson, Chanute, Terri Lynne Johnson and husband Allen, Pleasanton, and Kandi Ilenne Wilson, Chanute; son, William Fred Wilson III, Walnut; sister, Anna Nadine (Tippie) Kyser, Elsmore; son-in-law, William Otto and wife JoNita, Le Roy; brothers-in-law, Donald Wilson and wife Barbara, Prairie Village, James Wilson and wife Mary Ann, Pittsburg, and Robert Wilson and wife Connie, Savonburg; sister-in-law, Patricia (Anderson) Tippie, Humboldt; eight grandchildren, Amy Mispagel (Tim), Julie Cain (Travis), Daniel Johnson (Stephanie), JoVoli Clark (Brandon), Samuel Johnson (Lauren), Elizabeth Logan (Paul), Kourtney Wilson and Kaleigh Wilson; and nine great-grandchildren, Casey, Conner and Logan Mispagel, Adriana and Charlie Cain, Brody, JoVeia and Jack Clark and Philip Logan.
Delores was an exceptional wife, mother and grandmother. She was an accomplished cake decorator and created many beautiful wedding cakes. Delores excelled at almost any endeavor she undertook including cooking, sewing, decorating and home remodeling. Most important to her was nourishing her family with love and joy. She courageously battled illness since the late 1970s and inspired and amazed her family and others with her strength and grace.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Elsmore United Methodist Church, with burial following in the Elsmore Cemetery. She will lie in state at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Chapel in Moran on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Elsmore United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to www.feuerbornfuneral.com.