Mary Jane Willits

September 21, 1921November 26, 2018

Born September 21st, 1921 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to parents Thomas Ewart Miller & Grace Coleman.

Mary was the middle child of three girls; Collene Gribben the oldest, Lowetta Lee Shelby the youngest. All are deceased. She attended Central High School & graduated from Northeast High School in 1940.

Charles Willits was a football star for the Norsemen & she was a member of the Norket Pep Club & drum majorette in the school band. Charles & Mary Jane married in July 1940 before he was deployed into WWII & was sent overseas with the 45th Division of the Army. They had two daughters, Charlene W Argiros & Patsy Willits. Mary Jane was a stay at home Mother until her daughters were in their teens. She went to work at Southwest Bell for a few years then went to work at the First National Bank in the Investment Securities/Safe Keeping Dept & retired in 1984 after 25 years. They were members of Scissortail Sam’s & Shrine Motor Home Club. They spent a lot of time traveling winters in Yuma, AZ & Harlingen, TX. Their favorite travels were in the mountains of Colorado.

Mary Jane was a member of Le Junta Review Club & Daughters of the Nile Shrine. Her favorite times were spent with her daughters. She enjoyed parties, movies, exercising & dancing especially the Young Men’s Club. Also Church activities at First Christian Church. She read her Bible every day.

She is survived by her daughter Charlene W. Argiros, Corpus Christi, TX, husband John is deceased & Patsy Willits of Sherman Oaks, CA.

When her husband lost his eye sight she volunteered with him at the 45th Museum Gift Shop. Her life was wrapped around her two daughters & husband. He died after they had been married sixty-nine years Feb. 2nd, 2010. He was the love of her life.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2018

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Lori West

December 5, 2018

Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as we remember your mom Mary who was such a remarkable woman. She touched so many lives, I’m forever grateful that I had the chance to get to know her. With heartfelt sympathy, Mike, Chili and Lori

Erica Kertesz

December 4, 2018

Pat, I always enjoyed spending time with you and your mom, especially at Christmas. I've always been amazed at how lovingly you treated her, even on the worst of days! I am saddened for you that she's gone, but she is at peace. Love, Erica

Raymond and Trisha Hanke

December 4, 2018

Char and Pat, your mother has always been one of my favorite aunts, fortunately we were able to spend time with her in her final months, she was the last of mothers sisters, wow, so hard to believe. You both have so many reasons to be proud of her, she was such an awesome ELOQUENT LADY, Trisha and I are going to miss her. We love you both.

Sue Spencer

December 3, 2018

Pat, I'll always remember our walks with your mom and her beautiful smile. My heart is with you and Char. Love, Sue

Lori Szybist

December 2, 2018

We were lucky enough to get to spend some fun times with Pat and her Mom! We celebrated Christmas and New Years and Easter. And we enjoyed each other’s company with food from Carl’s and Sharkys.

Mary had a great smile and we always had a good time with her. I’m glad for her California months so we could get to know her better.

We’ll be thinking of you Pat and your sister too. Sending prayers and love.
Xo, Lori and Sandra

Gwen Smith

December 2, 2018

To Charlene & Pat I will always cherish the years that I spent with Mrs. Mary..she was a real blessing to help share in the Love she so freely gave to me & the greatest love she talked about her daughters the two you..She had a great love for her family..I pray for you both to stay strong & we will always have her BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES that she left for us all..She was a beautiful person inside & out..Love to you both..She was my Angel for sure..I was her Visiting Angel..

Carmen Herrera

December 1, 2018

Pat, my dear dear friend, please know I am thinking of you and Char and sending you love. Your mom is with your dad and that’s where she is suppose to be.

She was blessed to have such a wonderful daughter, and may her memory forever be a blessing for you.

Love you,

Peggy Boe

December 1, 2018

Dearest Pat,
I am so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. Please know that you and Char are in my family's thoughts and prayers. Your mother was so beautiful ... inside and out! I'm sure my Mom welcomed her into heaven and that they will both be singing so beautifully on Christmas with our father's! Give Char a big hug and kiss for us and call me when you return home. We will all be here for you my dear friend. God Bless you both!
Peggy, Mark and Family

Pat Willits

December 1, 2018

My Mother was an amazing woman. She was sweet, caring, loving, religious, fun and happy. Everyone loved her and she also was a beauty. She looked like Marilyn Monroe & my dad looked like James Garner. I was always very proud of them. They enjoyed an amazing retirement traveling in a motor home with Good Sam friends. They had a dance club they belonged to as well as the Shriners. They made the most of their retirement years together. We should all be so lucky.
I can't image life without her now but know she is in a good place with others she loved.
Thank you Mother for all of your love & caring.
Your devoted daughter, Pat