Verna Lee was born June 16, 1940, to the late Henry C. and Sarah Wilson on the Sykora farm in Love County, Okla. She passed from this life Dec. 28, 2015, after an eight month battle with cancer, her family at her side.
She attended Dickson School and graduated with the class of 1958 as Valedictorian.
Verna married Charles F. “Charlie” Williams on Dec. 22, 1969, and they had just celebrated their 46th anniversary. After moving back to Ardmore in the early 60s, she worked for American Flyers, Stromberg Carlson, and Ardmore Manufacturing as well as owning VLW Research. Verna retired in 1995 to help raise her grandchildren and nieces which gave her great pleasure. She was affectionately known as grandma to all of them as well as most of the neighborhood children and always had cookies and suckers.
Verna’s greatest passion was genealogy and would spend hours searching for that one link to another branch of her family tree. She was a 20 year volunteer in the library at the Greater Southwest Museum where she was known to have the location of everything memorized and if she couldn’t find it, it wasn’t there. She found great joy in helping someone find a lost ancestor. We joked that if you talked to her for 15 minutes, she would figure out you were related. Her love of genealogy led her into membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Colonists, Colonial Dames, National Society United States Daughters of 1812, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Greater Southwest Historical Museum. She was also a past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star and member of the Elkettes.
Verna and Charles traveled the country in later years and toured all of the lower 48 states visiting many sights and national parks. She was a NASCAR fan and never hesitated to tell you how many tracks she had visited and which races she had been to. She had a thing for Mickey Mouse and collected all things Mickey.
Above all, Verna loved family. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of the home; daughters, Brenda Clark, Ardmore and Vanessa Cheek Barton and husband, Dale, Ardmore; sons, Harold F. Cheek II and Treva, Gene Autry and Clay Cheek Gardner of Durant; six grandchildren, Chuck Clark and Sabrina of Lone Grove, Lauren Brown, Ardmore, Candice Clark George, Ardmore, Jeremy Cheek, Ardmore, MaKenzie Miller and Adam, Lone Grove and Clancy Cheek, Castle Rock, Colo.; six great-grandchildren, Robert Clark, Randell Clark, Amelia Miller, Weston Miller, Bayda Annalise Cheek and Colton Alec Cheek; sisters, Henrietta and Gerald Schrieber, Dickson and Alla Kay Self, Hawaii; brothers, Glenn Wilson and Karen, Dallas and John Wilson, Muskogee; and special nieces, Janet Cole, Edmond, Shayna Covington-­Clark, Ardmore and Ciara Covington, Hugo.
Memorial services for Verna will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church with Father Steve Bilsbury officiating.
A time of visitation and support for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Cross Timbers Hospice or a charity of choice.
Condolences may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.