Wilma Chapman passed away August 15, 2012, shortly after her 70th birthday. Wilma was born July 29, 1942, in Tahlequah, OK, to Spencer and Bernice Drywater. She was the second of eight children and spent her childhood in Tahlequah. In 1960, Wilma graduated from Tahlequah High School and went on to attend Hillcrest School of Nursing that fall. Wilma left Hillcrest and traveled to Fort Richardson, Alaska, to marry Richard Chapman of Skiatook, OK, on May 3, 1963. They experienced the Great Alaskan Earthquake on Good Friday, 1964. While in Alaska, Wilma worked as an assistant to an oral surgeon. Richard and Wilma moved back to Oklahoma in September 1964 and eventually made their home in Tulsa. There, Wilma worked as a dental assistant until they began their family. Wilma was a loving and devoted mother to son, Craig, born in January 1968, and daughter, Allison, born in January 1971. Wilma joined First Baptist Church Tulsa in 1972 and became an active member. She worked with the Children’s Department, the Youth Department, and the Hispanic Ministry. Wilma enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a helper and a protector. She enjoyed fishing with Richard and on quite a few occasions, would out fish him. Wilma is survived by her son, Craig Chapman, and wife, Courtney; daughter, Allison Cleary, and husband, Tom; grandchildren, Chelsea Harwood, and Emma and Benjamin Cleary. Wilma was preceded in death by her father, Spencer Drywater; brothers, Ben Drywater and Richard Drywater; and husband, Richard Chapman. Condolences may be sent through the guestbook on this page.
- Date & Time: August 20, 2012 (10:30 AM)
- Venue: First Baptist Church
- Location: 403 S. Cincinnati Ave. Tulsa, OK 74103 - (Get Directions)