Erma T. Wilcox, 89, went meet her Savior on Thursday, March 6, 2008. She was born August 5, 1918 to Laud T. and Rose B. Taggard Metcalf in Springfield, MO. Erma married Keith Cowden Wilcox, February 6, 1935. To that union she bore four children, Shirley Joanne, Keith Jr., Gary Porter and Thomas Michael Wilcox.
Erma and Keith Sr. lived in Missouri all of their lives except four years they spent building houses in Albuquerque, NM. In 1952, they moved back to Missouri and ran a dairy farm in Lockwood. In 1962, they moved to Nevada, MO, where Keith Sr. had been called to pastor Clayton Christian Church just west of Nevada. Later they were instrumental in starting the Community Christian Church in Nevada. Erma was very active in the church during this time. She also worked at JC Penney in Nevada. She was involved in many charities. She began a group dubbed the "Clucks-Clucks" -- a group of ladies who played dominoes, cards, went to movies and had great fun. Her life was dedicated to her family and friends, of which she had many. Erma was widowed in April 1999, living by herself in Nevada until she sold her house in 2004 and moved to Lee's Summit to be closer to family.
Erma is survived by her four children and their spouses, Joanne and Maurice Jewett, Blue Springs, MO, Keith C. Wilcox, Jr. and Arlene, Kidder, MO, Gary P. Wilcox and Sharon, Blue springs, MO, and Thomas M. Wilcox and Jo Ann, Sarasota, FL; 11 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and six great-great- grandchildren of whom she was very proud. She will be missed! In addition to her husband Keith Sr., she was preceded in death by her parents; her only sister, Olga (Metcalf) Schmidt, and three grandsons, James Brian Wilcox, David Bradford Buffington and Keith III.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2008, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, MO, with Dr. William Cox officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park, Nevada, MO. The family receives friends 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home prior to the service. Friends may also call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations in her name be made to the charity of your choice.
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