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November 17, 1929 ~ July 23, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Wilma Morgan, age 93, of Baker Florida, passed away at North Okaloosa Medical Center on July 23, 2023. She is preceded in death by her parents: Paul and Lois Reeves, her brothers: Marion Paul Reeves, Harold Reeves, and Dudley Reeves, her sisters: Rosalyn Reeves Wooley and Elaine Reeves, and her husbands James Edward Carroll and Thomas M. Morgan. She is survived by her daughters: Karen Carroll Tucker (Dennis) and Debbie Carroll Stephens (Lamar), her son: Russell Morgan, her grandchildren: Megan Moon (Aaron), Katrin Tucker, Tiffani Schmidt (Stephen), Clinton Stephens (Casey), Olivia Taylor (Ross), and Haleigh Morgan, her great grandchildren: Caroline Moon, Christian Schmidt, Emmy Lynn Stephens, Tucker Stephens, and Ollie Schmidt, her sister: Melba Reeves Barley (Ralph), and several nieces and nephews.
Wilma Eloise Reeves was born November 17, 1929 to Paul and Lois Reeves in Holt, Florida. She was 1 of 7 siblings, and graduated from Baker High School. She married her high school sweetheart, James Edward Carroll. They lived on Butler Avenue and First Street in Crestview with daughters, Karen and Debbie. After the death of her husband, at 26, she returned to Baker with her daughters, who were 4 and 2 years old, to live with her parents. Working as an Executive Secretary at MR&R Trucking Company, she met and married Thomas Morgan. They returned to Butler Avenue where their son, Rusty, was born. As a homemaker she was an amazing cook and seamstress. Her fried chicken was the best. Her talents as a seamstress were put on display many times as she stitched twirling costumes and evening gowns; she could truly make anything. We were all proud to wear clothes with her personal label. In more recent years, the daily newspaper, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and playing with her cat, filled her days. She never turned down a good shopping trip either.
She was passionate about caring for and loving children. While a member of First Baptist Church she cared for children there for about 30 years. She also rocked babies at Emmanuel and Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist churches. You were loved well by Miss Wilma. Continuing her love for children in the school system, she was an asset as an aide in the classroom. She worked at Carver Hill Kindergarten Center and Richbourg Middle School.
We will always remember her encouraging words, her ability to really listen, and her unconditional love. The love she had for each of us, whether we called her Mother, Mama, Grandmother, or Great Grandma; a part of our heart is missing. She left us on July 23, 2023.
The celebration of Wilma’s life will be held on Friday July 28, 2023, at Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery in Baker, FL. A time of visitation with the family will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. Guestbook and condolences can be left at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com