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Wilma Walls

Wilma Grace (Branson) Walls, daughter of the late Ames and Maude (Collins) Branson, was born on May 11, 1919 in Clarinda, Iowa. She departed this life on October 20, 2016 at her home in Mountain Grove, Missouri, surrounded by her family. She was 97 years, five months, and eight days of age.

Wilma married the love of her life, Floyd J. Walls, on October 15, 1936. They enjoyed 74 wonderful years together. Three children were born to this union: Charles Eugene, Floyd Ronald, and Barbara Ann. Wilma and Floyd started farming together in Victor and then bought a farm near Mt. Pisgah Church, north of Cabool, Missouri, in 1947. They moved to Cabool in 1956 and then moved to Mountain Grove in 1974.

Wilma accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age at Mt. Pisgah Church. She was still attending church at Mt. Pisgah at the time of her passing. She was an active member of the Ladies’ Aid group at the church most of her life. Wilma also enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and working on embroidery in her spare time. She truly enjoyed life.

Besides her parents, Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd, on August 6, 2010; a daughter-in-law, Ruby Walls; a son-in-law, Jerry Gasperson; a great-granddaughter, Crystal Dawn; three brothers, Cleo, Homer, and Joe; and two sisters, Mazie and Ruth.

She is survived by her sons, Gene Walls of Brighton, Illinois, and Ronnie Walls and wife Carletta of Collinsville, Oklahoma; her daughter, Barbara Gasperson of Mountain Grove; five grandchildren, Ronda Targhetta and husband Brad, Rodney Walls and wife Teresa, Kelly Branen and husband Steve, Rick Walls, and Jo Anna Gasperson; her great-grandchildren, Mandy Darr, Wade Joiner, Jennifer Selley, Jamie Walls, Steven Walls, Michaela Branen, Lyndee Branen, Kaylyn Branen, Brian Walls, Alicia Hicks, Dolores Adrian, and Brittany Shannon; her great-great-grandchildren, Cassidie, Kylee, Kelcee, Corey, Jamison, Riley, Levi, Zane, Keyonna, Ellery, Samantha, and Gracie; and many other family, friends, and church family who will miss her dearly.

Visitation was held Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Craig-Hurtt Chapel. Funeral services were also held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel with Rev. David Carroll officiating. Song selections were “Amazing Grace,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “When We All Get To Heaven,” sung by Neil Hamilton and accompanied by pianist Modene Smith. Brad Targhetta, Rick Walls, Steve Branen, Timmy Hicks, Ronnie Shannon, and Glen Walls served as pallbearers. Jamison Wade, Corey Hicks, and Levi Finch served as honorary pallbearers. Burial was in Cabool City Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.

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