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Wilma Turner Jarvis was born on May 3, 1936, in Sunlight, Missouri, but the family soon moved to Belgrade, Missouri, before her first birthday. She married Donald Jarvis (St. Louis and Belgrade) on …
Wilma Turner Jarvis was born on May 3, 1936, in Sunlight, Missouri, but the family soon moved to Belgrade, Missouri, before her first birthday. She married Donald Jarvis (St. Louis and Belgrade) on September 4, 1955. They continued together in Columbia, Missouri.
She was a graduate of Belgrade public; Valley High - Valedictorian; Missouri U Columbia - BA; Webster U - MA.
She worked in Dallas, Texas - medical guide; Morristown, N.J. - X-Ray Tech New Haven, Conn. - Admin to Assistant Dean of Yale Medical School; Mehlville HS, St. Louis County as an English Teacher; Kansas City, Missouri - Parents as Teachers Guide; Warrensburg, Missouri - Advanced Students Guide; Fayette High School, Fayette, Missouri - English Teacher.
She valued and was valued by friends from all life settings, e.g., she established a program in caring for unwed mothers still in high school. As a teacher in Fayette, Missouri, she helped her advanced students test out of university freshman English, and she established a class to help non-readers: they did so well that some even stole books to read. She was, and is, valued by friends in the Plaza Pavilion condo where she lived for more than 23 years. Her determined spirit came forth in her living years beyond the predicted time with her CLL disease, but there always remained the trace that needed medication. And through that time, she was helped by nurses and care workers who loved her. What a family she passed her spirit to - Stephen, a psychiatrist; Martin, a public defender; both attending fine schools and residences. This education focus passed through them to grandchildren- all having overseas schooling. Such a learning group - six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Wilma died at St. Luke’s Hospice, Kansas City. Before she became mostly unconscious, all of her local family members and son, Martin, and some friends visited. She died early on August 30, 2023.
Memorial services were held at St. John's UMC on October 21 and at Belgrade, Missouri UMC on October 28. Interment of ashes in family columbaria and grave plot of her parents, Merlyn and Hazel Turner.