Wilma Maxine Dyer Potts, was born Aug. 8, 1923, while her mother was visiting friends and relatives in Glenpool. She died early Monday morning, July 2, 2018, peacefully and without any stress or struggle.
Wilma was the first born of three girls. Preceding her in death were the middle sister, Lilly Mae Autry, and the youngest sister, Dolores Boyd. The three sisters were all born to Willie and Etta Horner. Willie died in the Eastern Oklahoma Tuberculosis Sanatorium when Wilma was 14. Etta remarried Lawerance “Buck” Dyer, who adopted the three sisters as his own.
On Feb. 14, 1950, Wilma wed Joseph Floyd Potts Jr. in First Baptist Church, Fort Smith. Mother was a great wife. She was married to our dad, Joe Potts, until his death. They loved each other through 61 anniversaries. She was a member of First Baptist Church when she died. A conservative estimate would indicate that Wilma attended church more than 10,000 times between 1950 and 2018.
Her life was changed forever beginning in the summer of 1952. She began having kids. Three of them. The oldest was Joseph Floyd Potts III, born without fear, the family daredevil. In the middle was Elizabeth Lynette Potts Layden, the socialite. The youngest and the easiest to raise was...well me, Timothy David Potts. Wilma had six grandchildren, Missy, Timothy, Andrew, Joseph IV, Michelle and Michael. She had four great-grandchildren.
Mother was the valedictorian of the Roland High School Class of 1942. After high school, she worked in Washington D.C. for the FBI as a proof reader in the FBI print shop. She was a bookkeeper who always “balanced to the penny.” In the 1950s, she was a partner for a time in a livestock commission company. After her children were raised, Wilma became a realtor and helped hundreds of people buy or sell their homes.
Mother did all this and more, but her primary life’s purpose was to live a life that honored God. She believed in prayer and prayed without ceasing.