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OBITUARY

Wilma Tally

11 August, 192417 June, 2020
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Wilma Laverne Tally was born August 11, 1924 in Tahlequah, OK to Charles W. Cooper and Nora (Allred) Cooper. Mom lived on a farm near Avant, OK along with her two brothers, Winford and Ellis; and one sister, Lois. She graduated from Avant High School in 1942 and attended college in Tahlequah. She worked for Phillip’s Petroleum in Bartlesville, OK.

Mom married Thomas William Tally in Independence, KS on December 17, 1945. In 1947, they moved to Fort Smith, AR where Dad was an order buyer at the Fort Smith Stockyards for over 50 years. Mom also worked at the Stockyards in one of the commission companies.

In 1959, they adopted two little boys. They named the boys, Thomas Keith and Phillip Dean. She was the greatest Mother on earth. She taught with her words and example all her life. Mom was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Fort Smith, AR. She went to be with her Lord Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Roland, OK, at the age of 95, where she lived with her son, Phil and his wife Donna.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Tom; one son, Thomas Keith Tally; two brothers and sisters-in-law; Winford Cooper and his wife Mary Lou and Ellis Cooper and his wife Gayle; one sister and brother-in-law, Lois Beard and her husband Bob.

She is survived by one son, Phillip Dean Tally and his wife Donna; five granddaughters, Kimberly Konkle, Emily Tally, Lori Tarkington and her husband Rick, Leslie Pannell and her husband Jamie and Nakiah Donathan; six grandsons, Kent Tally, Landon Tally and his wife Bonnie, Zach Tally and his companion Jeffry Conta, Spencer Tally, Luke Donathan and Casey Donathan and his wife Kristi. She is also survived by several great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, along with many friends who anxiously await the resurrection.

Home Going Celebration for Mom will be 11:00 AM Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Viewing will be 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Friday, June 19, 2020 with the family present from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Private Committal will be at the Fort Smith National Cemetery at a later date.

To send online condolences please visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Tom Tally, Husband of 69 years (deceased)
  • Thomas Keith Tally, Son (deceased)
  • Phillip Dean Tally and his wife Donna, Son
  • Nora (Allred) Cooper, Mother (deceased)
  • Charles W. Cooper, Father (deceased)
  • Winford Cooper and his wife Mary Lou, Brother and sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Ellis Cooper and his wife Gayle, Brother and sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Lois Beard and her husband Bob, Sister and brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Kimberly Konkle, Grandchild
  • Emily Tally, Grandchild
  • Lori Tarkington and her husband Rick, Grandchild
  • Leslie Pannell and her husband Jamie (Allred), Grandchild
  • Nakiah Donathan, Grandchild
  • Kent Tally, Grandchild
  • Landon Tally and his wife Bonnie, Grandchild
  • Zach Tally and his companion Jeffry Conta, Grandchild
  • Spencer Tally, Grandchild
  • Luke Donathan, Grandchild
  • Casey Donathan and his wife Kristi, Grandchild
  • Wilma is also survived by several great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, along with many friends.

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Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Viewing

    Friday, 19 June , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 20 June , 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

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Jessica Conner

July 4, 2020

Wilma was my sisters and myself aunt. She was married to my mothers youngest brother. We lived in OKC and spent several summers with them before they received Phil and Tom. She was always such a sweet, lady. I dont recall her ever raising her voice except to say : Oh Tom (to our uncle Tom) who was such a prankster. My parents(Jess & Corinne) and sisters(Twyllia, Sandy and myself Jessica) loved her dearly and will miss her sweet smile. We have tried to stay in contact with her but her # was disconnected. We would love to talk with the family if they will reach out to my email. So sorry for the loss of this sweet person.

John and Joan Taylor

June 26, 2020

Brother Phil and Family,
We were sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. You often spoke of her so fondly.
May our precious Heavenly Father always be your comfort and peace.

Richard & Glee Cosner

June 22, 2020

Condolences to the family - We knew Wilma & Tom for over 60 years and truly enjoyed their friendship. She will be missed. With Prayers and Love - Cosner's

Jan McQuain

June 19, 2020

To Phil and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother, Wilma. She was a dear friend to my sister, Twila, who loved her very much.
She was a very sweet lady who will be missed.
My love and prayers to you and your family.
Jan (Weaver) McQuain

Jami Helm

June 18, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. She always had a smile on her face. Aunt Wilma was a role model for all of her family. We will definitely miss her.

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Randy and Jami Helm

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Biography

Wilma Laverne Tally was born August 11, 1924 in Tahlequah, OK to Charles W. Cooper and Nora (Allred) Cooper. Mom lived on a farm near Avant, OK along with her two brothers, Winford and Ellis; and one sister, Lois. She graduated from Avant High School in 1942 and attended college in Tahlequah. She worked for Phillip’s Petroleum in Bartlesville, OK.

Mom married Thomas William Tally in Independence, KS on December 17, 1945. In 1947, they moved to Fort Smith, AR where Dad was an order buyer at the Fort Smith Stockyards for over 50 years. Mom also worked at the Stockyards in one of the commission companies.

In 1959, they adopted two little boys. They named the boys, Thomas Keith and Phillip Dean. She was the greatest Mother on earth. She taught with her words and example all her life. Mom was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Fort Smith, AR. She went to be with her Lord Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Roland, OK, at the age of 95, where she lived with her son, Phil and his wife Donna.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Tom; one son, Thomas Keith Tally; two brothers and sisters-in-law; Winford Cooper and his wife Mary Lou and Ellis Cooper and his wife Gayle; one sister and brother-in-law, Lois Beard and her husband Bob.

She is survived by one son, Phillip Dean Tally and his wife Donna; five granddaughters, Kimberly Konkle, Emily Tally, Lori Tarkington and her husband Rick, Leslie Pannell and her husband Jamie and Nakiah Donathan; six grandsons, Kent Tally, Landon Tally and his wife Bonnie, Zach Tally and his companion Jeffry Conta, Spencer Tally, Luke Donathan and Casey Donathan and his wife Kristi. She is also survived by several great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, along with many friends who anxiously await the resurrection.

Home Going Celebration for Mom will be 11:00 AM Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Viewing will be 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Friday, June 19, 2020 with the family present from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Private Committal will be at the Fort Smith National Cemetery at a later date.

To send online condolences please visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

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