Frances Wilder, 85, of Osceola died April 3, 2014, at her home in rural Osceola.
Services were 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 7, at First Christian Church in Osceola. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery. Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to First Christian Church or the church scholarship fund. Online condolences may be left at www.kalefuneralhome.com.
Frances Irene Wilder, daughter of Myra Jane (Moore) and Arnold Wright Bowman, was born Sept. 7, 1928, at their home in Osceola.
Frances attended Osceola schools and graduated from Osceola High School in 1946.
Frances worked at the Clarke County welfare office, as well as Armour Packing and Allison Drug. She began working for Wilder’s Truck Service in 1951, prior to her marriage to W. W. “Bud” Wilder on Aug. 10, 1952, at the First Christian Church in Osceola.
Frances was a lifelong member of First Christian Church of Osceola, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School for nearly 70 years. She served on a number of committees, chairing the worship committee and administrative board and was recently honored as Elder Emeritus for her years of service as an Elder. She also served the community as a election commissioner in Clarke County for many years.
Frances ran the office and parts department of the truck service, semi-retiring after 62 years, after knee replacement surgery this past fall.
Frances is survived by her children, Tony (Marjorie) Wilder, Dothan, Ala., Steve (Michelle) Wilder of Florence, Ariz., Kristine (Gane) Roberts of Gunter, Texas, and Marjorie Bradshaw and Ken (Sue) Wilder of Osceola; grandchildren, Stephen (Robin) Wilder II of Chico, Calif., Brian (Kelly) Wilder of Atlanta, Ga., Jennifer (Molly Mosely) Bradshaw of Iowa City, Christiana Bradshaw of Indianola, Jeffrey Bradshaw of Osceola, Amanda Wilder of Davis, Calif., Andy Roberts of Stillwater Okla., Abrina Wilder of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Katie Roberts of Gunter, Texas; great-grandchildren, Rachel, Nichole and Laura Wilder of Chico, Calif.; sister Florence McGowan of Princeton, Ky.; brother Lawrence Bowman of Milwaukee, Wis.; other family members and many friends.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother-in-law Harold McGowan, sister-in-law Virginia Bowman and grandson John Christian Wilder in infancy.