Mrs. Wiles passed away at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 3, 2016, at her home.
Georgiana was born August 6, 1946, at Cabool, Missouri, to William Elvin “Buck” Dickey and Ruth Eleanor McKinney Dickey.
She graduated from Cabool High School in 1964. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, before earning a master’s degree in English from Loyola University in New Orleans.
On August 12, 1966, she was married to John N. Wiles in Cabool, Missouri, who preceded her in death on September 3, 2015. In New Orleans, while her husband attended law school at Tulane University, Mrs. Wiles taught honors English students during the day. After moving to West Plains, she continued teaching for several years at West Plains High School. When her son was born, Georgiana’s full-time job became taking care of her family.
As her son and daughter grew older, she committed her time to many school-related organizations, including being an active member of Howell Valley Parent-Teacher Organization for many years. Mrs. Wiles was also an accomplished classical pianist, gourmet chef and avid bridge player. In addition, Georgiana was a former “Miss Cabool.”
Georgiana was a fiercely loyal friend and protector of both her friends and family. She was an animal lover and could never say no to when it came to providing a home to any homeless kitten or puppy that showed up on her doorstep.
A steadfast member of First Christian Church in West Plains for nearly 40 years, Georgiana taught Bible study classes and Sunday school, led the Christian Women’s Foundation, and contributed generously with both money and time to several charitable organizations as well as participating in the church’s choir.
She is survived by her son, John “Jay” N. Wiles, II and his wife, Billie, and their children, Michael and Destiny of West Plains and Jimmy of Springfield. She is also survived by her daughter, Dee Georgiana Wiles Evans and her husband, Randal, and their children, Robert and Brandon of West Plains.
Her parents and husband preceded her in death.
Mrs. Wiles will lie in state from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday, March 11, 2016, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Dr. Jack N. Wiles Scholarship at the West Plains branch of Missouri State University and these may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.