Jan. 8, 1920-May 25, 2006
BENKELMAN -- Wilma Faye Gunther, 86, died Thursday, (May 25, 2006) at the Sarah Ann Hester Memorial Home.
She was born Jan. 8, 1920, in Cheyenne County, Kan., to John B. and Hazel (McFarland) Pettit. She grew up on a farm and attended rural school in the Big Timber Community in Kansas.
On Feb. 1, 1938, she married Harry F. Gunther in Benkelman. They made their home on various farms in Dundy County and Cheyenne County, Kansas. She was a homemaker and worked at various restaurant and house cleaning jobs.
In 1977, they moved to Cherokee, Okla., to be near her parents. They lived there 11 years. She continued to work in housekeeping and restaurants jobs. They later returned to Benkelman.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her parents, John and Hazel Pettit; her husband, Harry Gunther; one son, Marlin Gunther; her daughter-in-law, Linda Gunther; and two sisters, Velma Harrington and Thelma Sigl.
Survivors include her granddaughter, Julie and husband, Jim Weigel, of Benkelman; one great-granddaughter, Maci Weigel, of Benkelman; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Floyd and Thelma Pettit of Benkelman; three nephews and one niece.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Graveside services were today at the Benkelman Cemetery with Marcine Farmer officiating. Burial was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman was in charge of the arrangements.