Wilda Neoma Gulley
Wilda Neoma Gulley, 81, resident of Okmulgee, was called home to her reward on Monday, Jan. 7, at her home. Wilda was born Sept. 13, 1937, in Poteau to Ike Madison Kellogg and Goldie McKenneth (Newton) Kellogg.
Wilda married the love of her life, George Raymond Gulley, Sr., Oct. 18, 1954, in Stigler. They celebrated 64 years of marriage with a lifetime of happiness. To this union two children were born, George Raymond Jr. and Neoma Sue.
Wilda, or Midget as she was often called, worked as a nurse’s aide at the Henryetta Hospital for Dr. Carlton Smith. Along with Dr. Smith’s encouragement, she decided to get her GED and go to nursing school for her LPN degree. Along with her sister Lucille, they set out to get their nursing g degrees and Wilda graduated with a 4.0 grade average all the while working as a nurse’s aide at Henryetta Hospital and raising a family.
Wilda graduated in May of 1974 with the very first LPN Nursing Class at Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee. After the closing of Dr. Smith’s Henryetta
Hospital, Wilda began nursing at the new Henryetta Medical Center. From there she worked for several years at Country Style Home Health. Wilda devoted 50 years of nursing to her patients, family and friends.
Wilda is preceded in death by her parents, Ike and Goldie Kellogg; four sisters, Mildred Smith, Lucille VanMeter, Helen Griffith, and Charlotte Greenwood; and three brothers, Isaac Kellogg, Truman Kellogg, and Seth Kellogg.
Wilda is survived by her husband, George Raymond Gulley, Sr. of the home; one son, George Raymond Gulley, Jr. and wife Melody of Henryetta; one daughter, Neoma Sue Raby and husband Don of Okmulgee; four grandchildren, Sarah Madewell and husband Trent, George Raymond Gulley, III, Sue Ann Vaughan and husband Terron, and Jeremy Ross Raby and Jessica Howe; six great grandchildren, Madison Madewell, Dillon Madewell, Hannah Madewell, Hallie Madewell, Ella Grace Vaughan, and Gunner Ross Vaughan; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and other relatives.
Visitation was from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. where family was present to greet friends from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Integrity Funeral Service.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Integrity Chapel where Rev. Michael VanMeter officiated. Interment followed at Westlawn Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were Don Raby, Jeremy Raby, Terron Vaughan, Ray Gulley, Trent Madewell, and Travis Smith. Honorary pallbearers were David Smith, Dr. Brent Davis, George Gulley, Jr., Robert Greenwood, Audie Cole, Brad Foster, and Tammy Blake.