Wilma Ann Calhoun

March 24, 1928 - April 28, 2021
Wilma Calhoun

Wilma (Billie) Ann Calhoun died April 28, 2021, at 93 years old. She was born March 24, 1928, in Oklahoma, to William and Elizabeth (French) Hawker, an oil worker and homemaker. They moved to Marionville, Missouri, when she was very young. She attended a one-room schoolhouse and remembered trudging through high snow, one time getting frost bite on her toes. Her mother died when she was 14 and the neighbors, Leonard and Letta Brown, took her under their wing, taking her fishing, arrowhead hunting, and teaching her the love of nature. She graduated from Marionville High School.

She was an artist but traded in her drawing to become a farm wife when she met Glenn Calhoun, Jr., on a blind date. She fed hay, pampered bottle-fed calves, and was willing to share her kitchen wood stove with ice covered newborns who had arrived in below zero weather.

Billie loved to garden, crossword puzzles, can, crochet, quilt, sew clothing, write poetry, and read, all while cooking three large meals a day. There was always something blooming in her yard during spring, summer, and fall. Walking her beloved dogs was her passion, as they were definitely members of the family.

She enjoyed telling stories about her Aurora home farm where she was raised and ultimately returned to in 1968. Favorites were of the old log house, the covered wagon that went through, and the tornado that demolished the barn.

She leaves behind in this world Glenn Calhoun, Jr., her husband of 73 years, Pat Sanders (Rex), daughter, Kannon Sanders (Jessie), grandson, and two great-grandchildren, Kooper and Kaylee, along with loving niece and nephew, Diana Bauer (Ricky Lee), and Ricky Calhoun (Paulette).

Billie Ann was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Kelin Louise Sanders and by special friends/sisters-in-law Norma Jean Calhoun and Louise Shephard.

A graveside service under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the Orange Cemetery.

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