Wilma Jean Avery, daughter of the late Benjamin and Lula Josephine Roberts Brown, was born in Bell City on Jan. 31, 1927, and died at her home near Whitewater on Jan. 7, 2010, at the age of 82.
She had lived in Essex before moving to Whitewater in 1995.
She had attended the Castor River General Baptist Church and Clines Island General Baptist, and was a retired rural mail carrier for the US Postal Service in Dexter.
On Dec. 22, 1945, she was married to Ira Avery in New London, Conn.
Surviving are her husband, Ira Avery of Whitewater; three sons, James Avery and Steve Avery of San Antonio, Texas, and Dennis Avery of Poplar Bluff; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, James Lee Brown of Grand Junction, Col.; one sister, Dorothy Faye Eaton of Wentzville. Other relatives and friends survive.
She was preceded in death by one son, Mike Avery; and one brother Benjamin Brown.
Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, from 5-8 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Services will be held Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at 1 p.m. in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Pastor Dalton Avery of Rolla officiating.
Internment will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Bell City with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.