Wilma S Poe

April 7, 1924June 26, 2013

Wilma Marie Poe, 89, of Ventura died Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in Ventura following a brief illness. Wilma was born April 27, 1924, in Gardena, to William and Emma Simms. She had been a resident of Ventura for the past thirty-one years. Wilma attended schools in Gardena, graduating from Gardena High School in 1941. She went on to UCLA where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree and then received a Master’s Degree in Library Science. Wilma taught school in the Los Angeles Unified School District and then became Librarian Administrator for all of the elementary schools in the district. She retired in 1988, after having been in education for thirty-three years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Friendship Club, Emblem Club, Friends of the Library and the Retired Teachers Association. Wilma is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Dean Sexton of North Hollywood; nephews, William Long of Simi Valley and Robert Long (Rosemary) of Benicia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Poe in November 2006. Services will take place Thursday, July 11, 11:00 A.M., at Roosevelt Memorial Park, 18255 South Vermont Avenue, Gardena, California. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Diabetes Society. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura.


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Robin Davidson

July 14, 2013

After working with kiddos in the CA Public School System for twenty years, I would always wonder where my former students were and what they were doing with their lives. Thanks to FaceBook, this has become a reality...keeping the connection alive!

But, what about OUR teachers? Do we ever wonder if they are still in the classroom or, maybe, if they have already passed away? There are those of us who might not even want to remember a particular teacher. Hmmmmm...I wonder why? And then, there were the teachers that were the best educators. They were the ones who loved children, loved "sharing" with them and they were the ones who made a difference in a child's life.

Although I haven't really thought of her in many, many years, the first mention of her name brought her back as though it were just yesterday. Mrs. Wilma Poe taught me shorthand and transcription at GHS 1963-1966. I still remember her beautiful handwriting. And, even though it's been nearly 50 yrs since I last saw her, I do think of her everytime I happen to tell someone that on my high school diploma, it reads "Stenography". I sure wish I lived closer. I would go to her services. My deepest condolences.

Robin (Moeschler) Davidson S'66
Go Mohicans!


July 13, 2013

Mrs. Poe was such a caring and wonderful woman. She and Mr. Poe provided me with so many wonderful memories growing up. I enjoyed visiting them both during the weekends to learn how to make rag dolls, play the piano, crochet, and make gift bags from wrapping paper. More importantly, she taught me the importance of caring for others and the value of always continuing to learn new things.

July 12, 2013

My mother, Mary Fisher was one of Wilma's close friends. Mary passed away three years ago. My mom and Wilma did so many fun things together over the years here in Ventura. Mary always loved the many goodie bags Wilma would surprise her with. Both of their husbands preceded them and they helped support each other during those sad times. Wilma and Bob, Mary and Bud had many great adventures in travel, out for meals and playing cards etc.. Wilma and Bob came to our house on many occasions and always loved talking with us, our children and grandchildren. They always brought fun and love to our household. Wilma will be missed and added so much to my mother's life! Our family sends our condolences and we hope the good memories will help you through this time. Kathy and Don Brunner

July 11, 2013

I remember Wilma and her brother Billy when they were my neighbors, growing up in Gardena. They were a very well known and loved family. The Simms family who lived on 164th St. I lived on l63rd St. and liked to play with Billy. So sorry to hear of her passing. Evelyn Delight Carpenter W'43 GHS

July 9, 2013

thank you Mrs. Poe, you were a wonderful teacher to all of us, I was your student for shorthand and transcription all through high school. I learned so much from you. I will never forget how fast you could type and the rhythm of the keys. God bless, condolences to your family...Dorothy Vaughn S57

Terri Otero Michel

July 8, 2013

My dear, dear, Mrs. Poe -- What a pleasure you brought to your student's lives! We all ADORED you and always thought highly of you as you prepared us for the business world. My memory of you is of a gentle but firm teacher. With all my love ...

Ann Shaffer

July 7, 2013

Thank you Mrs. Poe

July 6, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.