Merlene Wilkerson Love
Merlene Wilkerson Love
October 9, 1937 - December 29, 2017
Graveside services for Merlene Elsie Sturgress Wilkerson Love, age 80, of Altus, Oklahoma (formerly of Wichita Falls, TX) will be at 1:00 PM, Saturday January 6, 2018 in Crestview Cemetery in Wichita Falls, TX with Pastor Lonnie Wilkerson III officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home.
There will be a viewing prior to the service Saturday morning from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Love passed away on Friday morning, December 29, 2017 in Altus, Oklahoma.
Merlene Elise Sturgess Wilkerson Love was born on October 9, 1937 at the family home Northeast of Tipton, Oklahoma to Murl Emery Sturgess and Elsie Marie (DeYong) Sturgess. She attended and graduated from Laing Consolidated #1 Country School. She went on to graduate from Droughon’s Business School in Wichita Falls, TX.
Merlene, was employed at Sheppard when she met the love of her life Lonnie Earl Wilkerson Jr. who was stationed at Sheppard Air Force base. They were united in marriage November 21, 1958. They spent 47 years together. She loved the Lord and was a faithful member of the Faith Village Church of Christ.
Throughout her life Merlene did many things: She was head of the Cafeteria crew at the Sheppard-Burk Elementary School, Secretary of the Loop 11 Church of Christ, and assisted her husband with the Foreign Officers that trained at Sheppard Air Force Base. Later in life, she became a licensed massage therapist and for many years was the owner and operator of the Health Connection. She served as a Hospice Volunteer for many years and as a volunteer at church where she would serve where ever she was needed.
Merlene, had a zest for life and a contagious sense of humor. She truly believed that laughter was the best medicine. She had a spirited soul that will live on thru the lives of the people that she loved dearly.
She was married to Edward D. Love on November 23, 2008, until his death in August 2012.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son Stephen Murl Wilkerson (June 27, 1960), husbands, mother-in-law Beulah Wilkerson, father-in-law Lonnie E. Wilkerson Sr. and a brother Darrell Sturgess. She is survived by her son Pastor Lonnie Earl Wilkerson III and wife Janet of Roscommon, Michigan, a daughter Mary Earlene Kelley and husband Joseph of Grand Forks, North Dakota, sister Beverly Meeks and brother-in-law Jimmie of Tipton, OK, Loretta Ames and brother-in-law Richard of Humble, Texas. Grandchildren, Lacey Wilkerson, Jason and Loren Wilkerson and their children Lance, Hailey, Norah Wilkerson, Jennifer and her husband Gary Wooldridge, Amber Kelley Fernandez and husband Mike and their children, Nataniel and Cheviron Bailey, Nicole Kelly, Ian Kelly and wife Angela and their children Sophia and Brantley Dean. Brother-in-law, Steven Wilkerson and wife Jo of Arvada, Colorado and several nieces, nephews, and her special devoted care givers.
In lieu of flowers, Merlene requested that donations be made to Faith Village Church of Christ Missions, The Tipton Childers’s Home, Hospice of Wichita Falls or the Wichita Falls Food Bank.