Wilma Corene (Henry) Pippin, 83, passed away May 17, 2013, at Carthage Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Clinton on Jan. 10, 1930, to Daniel F. and Mary I (Boultinghouse) Henry. They moved to the Olympia area when she was a small child and she attended Barnes School until she started high school.
Wilma was married to Wallace L. Blystone in 1945 and moved to the Kansas City area. To this union three children were born.
When she returned to the El Dorado Springs area with her three children, she worked at the International Shoe Company until it was obvious that it would cease operations. At that time she went to Nevada and worked for Kellwood Tent Factory until it closed in 1974. She then went to work at the Nevada State School and Hospital, retiring from there in the mid 1990’s. Not being one to sit still, she returned to work for Skills Unlimited and worked for them until she was 75.
She married James Pippin in 1982 and shared 20 happy years with him until his death in 2002. Their passion was the 40 acres of land, part of her family farm, just south of Olympia. They cleared a large part of the acreage and spent many hours mowing and planting on it. After Jim’s death, Wilma moved from Nevada to this property where she resided until her death.
Preceding Wilma in death were her husband Jim; her parents; a brother, Robert Lee Henry; a sister, Barbara Anne Dockery; a treasured aunt, Idoma Sumner Ellis; a stepson, Russell Pippin; and a step-grandson, Jamie Pippin.
Survivors include: one brother, William H. Henry; five children – Lila L. Blystone Carriker (Perry), Randall G. Blystone (Janice), Melba K. Blystone (Fernando), Jim Pippin (Maretta) and Sandy Pippin; 12 grandchildren – Eric. D Carriker (Micheal), Adam L. Carriker (Joy), Merle A. Carriker (Ranetta), Regina A. Allison, Aaron J. Blystone (Tammy), Gretchen Denney (Travis), Holden Simpson, Donald Rodgers (Sharla); Regan Rock (Christine); Angie Prough (Dustin), Vickie Pippin and Chance Pippin; multiple great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; plus many cousins and friends.
Services began at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, in Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Rev. Howard McPeak officiating. Burial followed in Virgil City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Eric Carriker, Adam Carriker, Aaron Blystone, Donald Rodgers, Andy Dockery and Michael Dockery.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Virgil City Cemetery and left at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.blandhackleman.com.