Wilma M. Eubanks

December 29, 1915 to June 15, 2011

Wilma Eubanks, 95, of Medford, Ore., passed away early Wednesday morning, June 15, 2011, in her apartment at Horton Plaza, where she lived for four years.

Born on a farm in Elgin, Neb., Wilma was the next to the last child of ten children. She graduated from Elgin High School when she was seventeen years old. She always wanted to be a bookkeeper, but her family was unable to pay for classes. However, she compensated for this aspiration by insisting on keeping accounts of all her expenses and doing her income taxes. She meticulously documented all of the births, deaths, and marriages in her extended family.

After completing high school, Wilma and a brother worked in Omaha, Neb. Looking for better opportunities, she and three friends drove to Los Angeles, Calif., where, in 1940, Wilma met William Eubanks. In 1941, they were married in Las Vegas. During World War II, she worked in a wallboard factory, which made barracks for the military. William built ships in the Long Beach, Calif. port.

After the war, Bill and Wilma returned to Elgin, Neb., where they ran Bill's Caf, until it was destroyed by a tornado. While looking for work and a home in Oregon, they lived in Salem, Empire, and finally in Medford, where Bill went to work in the lumber mill.

From 1956 until 1981, Wilma worked for the Jackson County Public Library, where she was well-known and appreciated. Before she moved to Horton Plaza, she was a frequent visitor at the Medford Senior Center. She enjoyed reading, camping, fishing, and gardening. To keep her mind active and sharp, she enjoyed working puzzles, playing her piano, which she taught herself to play, singing, and dancing, among other hobbies.

In 1971, Wilma was preceded in death by William, after 30 years marriage. She also outlived all of her siblings. She is survived by her daughter and several nieces and nephews.

A brief memorial graveside service will be conducted by Pastor William Lehmann, of St. Peter Lutheran Church, at 11:00 a.m., on June 30, 2011, in the Siskiyou Memorial Park, 2100 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, Ore. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall of St. Peter Lutheran Church, 1020 E. Main St, Medford, Ore. Our sincere thanks for the support and prayers all gave to Wilma throughout the years.

Contributions may be sent to the Preschool Scholarship Fund, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, or to the Medford Senior Center.

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