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Wilma Fraley - January 26, 2010


Wilma Janiece Fraley, 90, of Holyoke was born Aug. 12, 1919 to John and Chloe (Sherman) Nell in Yuma. She moved to Denver following World War I and also lived in Cheyenne, Wyo., Lusk, Wyo. and Haxtun. Wilma died Jan. 26, 2010 in Holyoke.

Wilma eventually married Bill Fraley, the love of her life. They had seven children: Judi, Kris, Lyn, Deb, Kevin, Troy and Nancy. When Bill died, she was invited to live on the farm with her sister Margie, where she spent some of the happiest days of her life. Her kids were grown by then so she was able to travel and enjoy a life of leisure.

When her health began to fail she went to live with Deb and Glenn in Wichita, Kan. and later moved in with Kris and Larry in Centennial, until she required more specialized care. She then moved to the Regent Park facility in Holyoke until her death.

During her long life she fulfilled many roles, first and foremost as a stay-at-home mom. In her early days while living in Denver, she worked as a window trimmer for the old Daniels and Fisher Department Store. When her financial situation demanded it, she returned to the job market. She was employed as a hostess in a restaurant in Denver and later returned to retail as a clerk for the Denver Dry Goods Company.

Her marriage to Bill gave her the first real financial stability she had ever known. The down side was his need to buy “fixer uppers,” which they lived in during that process. Wilma, affectionately known as “Wink” provided the ideas and Bill, the labor.

Wilma had 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The memorial service for Wilma was held Jan. 28 at Gerk Funeral Home, with Pastor Lou Encinias officiating. Inurnment followed at Holyoke Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Regent Park Nursing and Rehab Activities Fund, 816 S. Interocean Ave., Holyoke, CO 80734. Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.