Florence Olive Wilkerson was born the daughter of Clark Edward Casey and Azalea (Baker) Casey on September 21, 1921 in Riverton, Missouri and departed this life January 29, 2013 in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 91 years.
She was united in marriage on October 18, 1941 at Alton, Missouri to George Phillip Wilkerson, who preceded her in death on February 13, 2010.
She is survived by one sister, Catherine Warren of West Plains, Missouri and one brother, John Lewis Casey and wife, Emma Lou, of Alton, Missouri; several nieces, nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Noel Wilkerson and George Olen Wilkerson; three sisters, Blanch Crawford, Marie White, and Edna Edwards, and one brother, Clark Edward Casey, Jr.
Florence attended the one room elementary school at Riverton, Missouri with her siblings. She never attended high school, but passed the GED test to complete her education.
She became a housekeeper at the age of 16 for different families in the Riverton and Alton communities, earning 50 cents a day per household.
Florence was 18 years old when she and Phillip Wilkerson met for the first time at a local Pie Supper. After dating a few months, they married and lived and worked together on their livestock farm in the Myrtle area for many years. Their bond with each other became even stronger after the death of their son, Noel Casey Wilkerson on May 22, 1973 at the young age of 24.
She was a faithful and active member of the First Baptist Church in Myrtle, as long as health permitted.
Florence will be remembered as a dedicated homemaker, an excellent cook, and a well known and respected lady by her family, friends and the community in which he lived.
She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer, Missouri with Brother Edward Casey officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home from 1:00 PM until the time of the service.
Her body will lie in state at the Funeral Home, Friday, February 1st from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM.
Burial will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery near Myrtle, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.