Wilma Mae Thaxton

February 13, 1938October 7, 2020

Wilma Mae Thaxton (nee Johnson) passed away in St. Louis, Missouri on October 7th, 2020. She was born in Kaiser, Arkansas to Paul and Myrtle Johnson on February 13th, 1938. She was one of thirteen children. She met Bill Thaxton while working at White Castle in 1958 and they had three children together: Tammy, Mary, & Bill.

She is preceded in death by her parents Paul & Myrtle Johnson; siblings Ruby King, Ernest Johnson, Carol Johnson, Harley Johnson, Arley Johnson, Patricia Johnson, Lois Teague & Edward Teague; & granddaughter Madeline Fortner.

She is survived by her siblings Alice Barr, Charles Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, & Michael Johnson; children Tammy Fortner, Mary Thaxton, Bill Thaxton & wife Rita; grandchildren Billy Thaxton, Madison Fortner, Mariah Thaxton, Matthew Thaxton & Marisah Thaxton; great-grandchildren Samara, Trey, Kashiss, Chevelle, Kamryn, Louis, & Lucian, along with numerous nieces & nephews.

Wilma was devoted to her family; her life revolved around her grandkids & great-grandkids. She enjoyed making them breakfast & watching TV with them. She was a thoughtful, caring, loving & understanding individual. Wilma was a wonderful woman who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Memorials can be made in Wilma's honor to Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care.

Visitation will take place at Valhalla-Gaerdner-Holten Funeral Home on Monday, October 12th, 2020 from 10 AM to 12 PM, a funeral service to commence at noon, followed by a committal at Valhalla Gardens of Memory.


  • Visitation

    Monday, October 12, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 12, 2020


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Sharon Pavlovits

October 12, 2020

I only got to meet Wilma a handful of times, but she was unfailingly pleasant and kind.

She earned the deep love and respect of her children and grandchildren, and her warm smile and kind voice lives on thru them.

May your hearts heal in time, as you await her resurrection in God's new world of peace!

Marisah Thaxton

October 11, 2020

She was absolutely the best grandma I could have asked for. She was beautiful and selfless. Always supportive and by my side no matter what I choose to do. I was so lucky to have known her and call her grandma. She will forever be my role model and I’d be happy to be half the person she was. Always in my heart and memories.

Pat Johnson

October 10, 2020

Met Wilma while dating her brother, Ben! She was always a warm and nice lady and good sister to Ben!
Our first visit she prepared an excellent meal for us along with her husband, Bill and their children, Tammy, Mary and Billy!
That was summer 1968, later married her brother and had several more visits in their home!
Always hospitable!
Wishing her children and grandchildren be consoled with happy memories!


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