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Wilma Marie Richter Jones Obituary


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Wilma Marie Richter was born August 29, 1920 in Leroy, Texas to William J. and Emilie Damm Richter, and died February 25, 2006. Wilma attended the Leroy schools and matriculated from Waco High School. A graduate of Baylor University, she married John Graham Jones on April 13, 1941. Wilma and Johnny were loving partners throughout their more than sixty years of marriage, working hard to raise not only their two children, but also their family business, The Whitley Company. In the early years of the business, Wilma taught at Brykerwoods and Highland Park Elementary Schools to support the family while Johnny struggled to get the business going. As soon as The Whitley Company began to be self-sustaining, Wilma resigned her teaching position to assist Johnny in the daily operations of the business. Always leaving work in time to pick up the kids from school and be at home with them, Wilma was an active and involved mother who led Cub Scout and Brownie troops when her children were young. As lifelong Christians, Wilma and Johnny joined the First Baptist Church of Austin shortly after arriving in the city in 1946. Wilma taught high school girls in Sunday school for years, and many of those girls remained close to her throughout her life. Johnny and Wilma studied and recreated with the Concordant Couples Class, members of which will be her honorary pallbearers. First Baptist Church was the focus of the family’s life away from work. After retiring from The Whitley Company, Wilma was an active volunteer. She was a charter member of the Marbridge Ranch volunteer association and for several years a “robin” at St. David’s Hospital, as well as helping in the First Baptist Church office. She enjoyed playing bridge with her Tuesday night ladies and at the Austin Country Club. Both Wilma and Johnny were extremely active supporters of Baylor University, devoting many hours to the Development Board, logging many miles to support their sports teams, and instituting several scholarships in the Schools of Business and Education, as well as the Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor. Wilma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease during Johnny’s final illness with pancreatic cancer. As was typical, he made sure that she would be well cared for in her home, even after he was gone. Our thanks cannot be adequately expressed to her caregivers Mary Alice Cortez, Rosie Reyes and Maggie White. They greatly enriched Mother’s last few years. Wilma was predeceased by her cherished husband, Johnny, by her parents and her older brother, John Richter. She is survived by son Ron Jones and his wife, Jenny; and daughter Judith Jones and her husband, Lewis Jones. Known to her grandchildren as MarMar, she will be greatly missed by Matt Jones, Stephanie Dent and husband Elliott, Jenner, Jace and Carsen Jones, Drew Small and wife Dora, John “Maverick” Small; and great-grandchildren Garrett and Justin Small and Isabel Dent. Younger brother, Don Richter and his wife, Wilma, as well as many nieces and nephews around the state and in other parts of the world also survive her. Visitation with the family will take place from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 27th, at Weed-Corley-Fish. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, 9th and Trinity Streets, at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28th. Private interment will be at the Graham Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons Matt Jones, Drew Small, John Small, Jenner Jones, nephew Bart Hotchkiss, and cousin William Holmes. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to The Whitley Charitable Foundation, P. O. Box 1564, Austin, TX 78763, or Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd., #100, Austin, TX 78759. Obituary and guestbook online at wcfish.com