Wilma Marie Clayton, daughter of Fred Clayton and Esther Clayton was born April 27, 1935 and passed from this life November 27, 2019. Wilma was born in a Farmhouse in Ellston, Iowa and lived most of her adult life on a farm just outside of Mount Ayr, Iowa in Ringgold County. She attended school in Beaconsfield, Iowa. Wilma married Lee S. Terwilliger on October 10, 1953, in Bethany, MO. After marriage, Wilma worked at a state care center outside of Mount Ayr. Shortly thereafter, Lee and Wilma became the parents of two children, a daughter, Mary Lee and a son, Freddie Lee. At this point, Wilma decided to stay home, raise her children, and tend to the homestead.
Wilma loved people, especially children. Her friends were family, and anyone was welcome at her home. Wilma was a connector of people. She was often on the phone, or at her friend’s houses, engaging in conversation, laughing, and enjoying the presence of others. When you came into her life, you couldn’t leave without a full belly and filled with love.
Wilma spent most of her time on the homestead where she enjoyed cooking, baking, tending to the animals, fishing, canning, and making sure her rose bushes and other flowers were in perfect condition. She also enjoyed working in her garden and playing with the animals: Skipper, Snowball, Blossom, Sweet Pea, etc.
Wilma also enjoyed playing cards, playing bingo, and dancing. Wilma and Lee were frequent visitors to dances at Mount Ayr and Tingley. However, much of their dancing happened on the living room floor next to the record player console.
Wilma continued her love of conversation up until her very last days. No matter who you were, or where you were from, Wilma would talk with you about anything – she loved being in the company of others.
Wilma was preceeded in death by her parents; brothers Dennis and Edwin Clayton; sister Maxine Harris; her husband, Lee S. Terwilliger; and daughter Mary L. Hill.
Wilma is survived by her son, Freddie Lee Terwilliger, Mount Ayr, Iowa; Grandchildren: Jerome Hill and his wife, Leslie Hill, Osceola, Iowa; Erin Terwilliger and her husband, Terry Bennington, Stilwell, Kansas; Alex Terwilliger and his wife, Ellen Terwilliger, Stilwell, Kansas. Great Grandchildren: Derik, Daniel, and Madyson Hill; Evaleen and Graham Bennington; Kyler and Adelyn Terwilliger.
Services: 10:00 a.m. – Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 - Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr
Officiants: Randy Drake & Rod Bastow
Open Viewing: 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3 - Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr
Family Present: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3 - Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery – Mount Ayr
Memorials: To the Terwilliger family
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