Surrounded by her loving family, Earlene Lavella Wilkerson Marris, 75, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at an Ardmore convalescent home after an extended illness. Earlene was born March 11, 1944, at Ardmore, to the late Victor and Lonnie Willmond Chapman.

A graduate of Garland High School, Garland, Texas, she attended college at Murray State College, majoring in business, and at East Central University where she received a degree in nursing. She had worked in hospitals as a Medical Transcriptionist.

Earlene and Jimmy Joe Wilkerson were married May 17, 1967, at Ardmore, a relationship that lasted 26 years. They were the parents of two children, Cheryl and Todd.

Earlene was later married to Jim Marris, Oct. 5, 2013; he preceded her in death.

In her younger years, Earlene sang at all night singings with a group, mostly at area gospel churches. Proud of her Native American Choctaw heritage, she enjoyed going to Pow-Wow events and dancing in them. She particularly had a love for the outdoors, fishing, camping and cooking outside for her family.

Earlene loved to bowl, was a member of a bowling league and participated in out of town tournaments. But of all these things, she looked forward the most to being with and cooking for her family and grandkids.

Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Ward and husband Robert, and her son, Todd Wilkerson; her grandkids, Lance Wilkerson and Sylvia Lee; Derrick Wilkerson and his wife Page; great-grandkids, Serenity, Brandon, Lanita, Keyisha, Reyona, Brodie, Rayah and Ryandi Wilkerson; also her siblings, Pat Cly and Bobbie Scott.

In addition to her parents and husband, Earlene was preceded in death by siblings, Roy Scott, Quincy Scott, Gary Scott and Sisterline Kushler.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at the Pickens Baptist Church, McMillian, Okla., conducted by Rev. Vincent Baptiste. Burial will be in Pickens Cemetery with the assistance of Lance and Derrick Wilkerson, Kevin Bob, Marcus Willmond, Randy Tate and Steve Skinner serving as pallbearers.

A wake service will be this evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.

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