Willeta Florene Wilburn


1929 — 2020

  • Florene Wilburn

Funeral services for Willeta Florene Wilburn, 91-year-old Weatherford resident, will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 11, 2020, at Emmanuel Baptist Church with David Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow in Poage Cemetery under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home.

Florene was born April 13, 1929, in Colony to Keith and Frances (Parks) Melton and passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at Weatherford Regional Hospital.

Florene was raised and attended a rural school in Colony, graduating from Colony High School in 1946. She was the oldest of five and helped raise her siblings on the family farm east of Colony.

She moved to Oklahoma City and attended comptometer school. March 7, 1949, Florene married Gerald Luekenga and they made their home in Colony.

To this union were born two daughters, Rhonda Jean and Beverly Kay. She worked alongside of her husband farming. December 1, 1979, she married Donald Wilburn in Anadarko and made their home south of Eakly.

Florene enjoyed her grandchildren and family time, caregiving, sewing, cooking and flower gardening.

Survivors include: two daughters, Rhonda Ridgeway and husband, Dean, of Colony, and Beverly Axtell, of Ruidoso, New Mexico; brother, Donnie Melton and wife, Rita, of Colony; sister-in-law, Nadine Melton, of Weatherford; brother-in-law, Lilburn Cosper, of Tecumseh; five grandchildren, Deidra Flores, Darci Dunn, Kesha Axtell, Kaci Reed and Kenzie Axtell; and five great grandchildren, Bailey McGlothlin, Delmar Lee Luke, Serenity Flores, Laurel Reed and Avery Reed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; two brothers, Verlin and Dale; and one sister, Darla.

Memorials may be made to the Weatherford Food and Resource Center or Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation — Lung Disease.