Wilma Dean honored on 85th birthday

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Feb 21, 2013 - 12:02:18 PM

Wilma Dean today Wilma Dean at 2 years oldWilma (Lawler) Dean of Marlow observed her 85th birthday on Friday, January 11, with a surprise party hosted by her daughter, JoDonna Ray; her daughter-in-law, Karen Dean; and one of her close friends, Linda Hutton.
The celebration was staged in the Marlow home of John and Ada Clark, also close friends of the honoree.
Wilma celebrated her special day with friends and family, and the festivities came as a complete surprise to her.
Wilma Lawler was born in 1928 in Marlow to W.F. and Virginia Lawler and grew up here. After graduating from Marlow High School, she continued her education at Cameron University in Lawton, where she met her late husband, Donald Dean.
Donald furthered his education at Oklahoma A&M (now OSU); and their first child, Marcia, was born in Stillwater. Don later taught and coached in Claremore. During most of their childrearing years, the Deans lived in San Antonio, Texas.
They had four children—Marcia, Jeffrey, JoDonna and Lynne.
Wilma served with the Girl Scout program for 25 years, volunteered at the Cerebral Palsy Center in San Antonio, taught fifth grade and special education for three years, and served as director of a Christian daycare center.
The Deans returned to Marlow in 1989, and Donald passed away on October 29, 2006.
Wilma has been blessed with seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Terry Turner of Houston, Texas; Eric Sewell and wife Vicki and their children, Colton, Cheyenne and Carter, of Norman; Justin Dean and wife Stephanie and their son Novak of California; Doug Schieble of San Antonio; Erin Schieble of San Antonio; Holly Taylor and husband Dewayne of Tulsa; and Emma Dean, a student at OSU in Stillwater.
The guest list included a number of family members: daughter JoDonna Ray; daughter-in-law Karen Dean; daughter Lynne and her husband, Don Nichols; granddaughter Emma Dean, Wilma’s niece Libby Burnett and her daughter, Allison, from Kansas; and Bob and Nadine Johnson of Duncan. Daughter Marcia Sewell and her husband Jim were unable to attend.
In addition, many friends, including a number from Wilma’s bowling and bridge circles, joined in the festivities.
“This was a wonderful evening of love, laughter and memories. It was a time of happiness,” noted daughter-in-law Karen. “Wilma means so much to me. She has been a wonderful mother and always there when I need her.”