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A member of the Souder Church of Christ Wilma Lee Runnels Souder, daughter of George Alexander Stroud and Mamie Lee (Julian) Stroud, was born on Dec. 22, 1926 in Lake Creek, Okla., and passed from this life on May 31, 2007, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, at the age of 80 years.
Wilma was a resident of Marshfield for two years, moving from Ava. She worked for Baxter Laboratories, Mtn. Home, Ark., for 21 years and also worked for Timex Watch Factory for seven years.
In May 1944, Wilma and Clay Allen Runnels were united in marriage and to this union three children were born. Mr. Runnels preceded her in death.
In November 1974, Wilma and Basil Souder were united in marriage. He preceded her in death in 1984.
Wilma was a member of the Souder Church of Christ. She was also an active member of the Red Hats Society and the Almartha Quilting Club. Wilma enjoyed gardening and most of all being with her friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Clay Runnels and Basil Souder, and two sons, David Clay and Larry Wayne Runnels.
Her survivors include one daughter, Janice Kay Jeter, Texarkana, Texas; three stepchildren, Zula Height, Wimberly, Texas, Janet Casey and Patsy Land, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a daughter-in-law, Gay Runnels; four grandchildren, Steven Jeter, Brandy (Jeter) Shouse, Jory Runnels and Cinnamon (Runnels) Keith; five great-grandchildren, Ashley, Christian, Kaylee, Natalie and Cutter Clay; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Friday, June 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with E.J. Hampton officiating.
Graveside services were held Monday, June 4 at 10 a.m., at the Elmwood Memorial Cemetery, Abilene, Texas, conducted by Girdner Funeral Home, Abilene, Texas.
Local arrangements are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava. Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome. com.