Funeral Service for Wilma Dene "Clift" Acton, 81, will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at the Fletcher Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lynn Walker, Chickasha, officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Lawton, under the direction of the Fletcher Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Acton died Friday, December 23rd at the Purcell Municipal Hospital..
Wilma was born October 7, 1930, near Anadarko to William C. and Alpha M. (Karnes) Clift. Wilma was one of twelve children. Most of her younger years were spent in the Cement area where she attended school. After high school she worked at Marcum’s Grocery in Cement. Later she moved to Lawton where she met Donald E. Acton who was stationed in the army at Ft. Sill. They were married on September 9, 1951. After her husband received a medical discharge from the army, they moved to New Castle, Indiana to make their home. Wilma worked many years for Western Electric. Later they moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, for a few years and eventually settled in Lawton. Wilma had a deep love for music. She could play both a piano and organ and many times, family gatherings at her home resulted in everyone gathered around her at the organ singing old gospel songs. She enjoyed singing specials with her sister and others at the First Assembly of Cement where they attended church.
Although Wilma and Don had no children of their own, they had a host of nieces and nephews who they considered “very special”. Many of these had a special nickname
which Wilma called them. She made summers and Christmas very special for them.
Survivors include 2 brothers and sisters-in-law: Donald and Becky Clift, Lexington, and Glen and Jerri Clift, Lexington; l sister: Pauline Morris, Lawton; a brother-in-law: Odie Marsh, Washita; a sister-in-law, Nancy Acton, Mooreland, Indiana; 2 sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Dixie and George Royer, New Castle, Indiana and Judy and Charles French, Mt. Summit, Indiana.
Her parents and 8 siblings preceded her in death: Earl Clift, Wayne Clift, Hazel Johnson, Mayme Morton, Iva Baxter, Ola Clift, Doris Marsh and Lorene Clift.