Eulogy, by Jim Atwood-1 July 1997
Wilma Kathryn Branan Atwood, Born: July 4, Independence Day, in Desoto County
Mississippi, daughter of Sallie Couch and Oliver Franklin Branan. One of six
brothers and sisters, Guy, Louie, Vera, Dewitt and Mildred, with numerous
half brothers and sisters. Wilma had a very active life, loving dancing,
family and life itself. She was raised a Methodist.
Wilma was married to Loren James Atwood of Humboldt Nebraska in October 1946.
The following year she gave birth to her only child, Loren Jim Atwood. She
was widowed in December 1950 and never remarried. She dedicated her life to
her son, spending much time with him fishing and in the Baptist church in the
Los Angeles area.
Mother knew tragedy and heartache as well as great happiness, losing her
beloved mother and all brothers and sisters at a young age. She experienced
the Great Depression leaving great scars that would guide much of her life.
Mother was a businesswoman with a very sharp mind, having a real estate
brokers license and running a business for years. She was very knowledgeable
of government securities, often teaching bank managers how they are traded.
Mom was a bridge player extraordinaire. Giving the game much time, the
latter part of her life. She had many close bridge friends whom she greatly
enjoyed, often sharing stories from bridge with her family. Mother owned
several hundred decks of cards, collecting them wherever she went.
Mom was lovingly called "Gram" by her grandchildren. She always worried
about, and was concerned with their future and well being.
Mom was tenderly handed to God, by her only grandson, Loren Jim Atwood II,
June 27th at 9:22 p.m. at the Atwood home in Yreka, CA. In her last few
hours she had been in the company of her two granddaughters, Julie Kathryn
Atwood and Christine Marie Atwood, whom she loved dearly. A very close
cousin, Janis Bowie Risley, was visiting and providing great support to the
family at the time of death. Mom was carried to her final resting-place by
her son and grandchildren.
I call upon the Lord God Almighty, to forgive her sins and keep her in his
loving presence forever.
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