Graveside services for Wynie Louise Palmer, 100, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Rose Hill Cemetery.
The daughter of the late Noel Skelton and Jane Calister Skelton, Wynie was born on Oct. 3, 1912 in Gay, Okla. and passed away on March 16, 2013 in Oklahoma City.
Wynie was her family's living history book. She witnessed everything from the horse and buggy era to today's technological age. She grew up in the Choctaw Nation near Hugo, Okla. where poverty was the norm. Her mother died when she was a small child so she and her sister were shuffled among relatives and boarding schools. Life was difficult but she rose above the difficulties and fondly related those early experiences in mostly positive terms. She enjoyed entertaining her children and grandchildren who were also sometimes shocked as she related how as a girl she killed rabbits with throwing sticks. If there were a consistent theme to her life, it would be; don't let life defeat you. Do whatever is necessary to live another day and find happiness in it.
Wynie moved to Ardmore in the mid 1930's. She never learned to drive and often walked from her home on NW D street downtown, to grocery stores, church, to work when she worked outside of the home and even as far as the fairgrounds on the other side of town, a practice that contributed to her health and longevity.
In later years, Wynie liked to do crossword puzzles, attend Native American gatherings, travel anywhere (like four -wheeling in Montana's Missouri River Breaks when she was nearly ninety). She did bead work and especially liked attending the Oklahoma State Fair until just a few years ago. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with family members, looking forward to their visits and telling everyone how proud she was of each of them.
She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Ward and her husband Jim of Oklahoma City; sons Jerry Palmer and wife Thelma of Stigler, Okla., Anthony Palmer of Ardmore, Okla. and Gordon Palmer of Eureka Springs, Ark.; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; special friends who regularly visited her in the nursing home generously sharing their time and resource to make Wynie's time there as enjoyable as possible, Pat Goodman and Pat McLaughlin. Preceded in death by her parents; sister, Ann Calhoun.
Honorary pallbearers will be her many grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home this evening from 6-7 p.m. at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
Condolences may be made online to the family at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.