Wanda Juanita Mullins

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Wanda Juanita Gemaehlich was born March 11, 1920, on a farm northwest of Bessie, Oklahoma, to Simon and Alvina Kirschner Gemaehlich. Wanda’s grandfather, Albert Kirschner, emigrated from Germany, and settled in Oklahoma Territory as a widower with five young daughters. Her other grandparents migrated to Bessie while her grandfather, Johannes Gemaehlich, pastored the Bessie Peace Lutheran Church from 1906 to 1917. Wanda’s parents met and married in Bessie, settling on her grandparent’s farm. The eldest of four children, Wanda was responsible for many aspects of the farm. She learned hard work at a young age, and always felt her father worked her harder than he worked any of his hired hands. Despite the challenges of farming through the Dust Bowl, Wanda developed a love of farm life that she would maintain throughout her life. On April 5, 1936, Wanda was confirmed at the Peace Lutheran Church of Bessie. She attended school in Bessie and the one-room school, Sunflower, near the Gemaehlich farm. In 1943, Wanda, her mother, and siblings moved to Clinton, where Wanda worked at the dry cleaners in downtown Clinton. On March 5, 1949, Wanda married Glenn Olen Mullins and together they made their home on Glenn’s farm south of Burns Flat. Wanda and Glenn attended the Burns Flat Church of Christ. Wanda took great pride in her new home, spending the first several years chopping weeds and cactus from her farm’s pastures. Glenn and Wanda raised Polled Hereford cattle, wheat, cotton, alfalfa, and bluestem hay. Wanda worked hard to keep the family farm well maintained. She could be found on the farm chopping weeds, spraying poison ivy, and painting fences on into her mid-80’s. Wanda lived independently in her own home until the age of 88. Wanda passed from this world on April 26, 2014, at the age of 94, in the Clinton United Methodist Home. Graveside services for Wanda J. Mullins were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the North Burns Cemetery, adjacent to the family farm on which Glenn and Wanda made their home. Wanda’s family continues to operate and reside on the same farm that has belonged to the Mullins family for nearly 100 years. Wanda is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Beverly and Tommy Wall of Burns Flat; grandsons Ryan McMullen of Burns Flat and Raleigh Wall of Cordell; sister Velma Mullins of Cincinnati, Ohio; and sister-in-law Norma Gemaehlich of Clinton. Wanda was preceded in death by her husband Glenn Washita County Area Deaths Mullins; siblings Lenora and LeRoy Gemaehlich; sibling-in-laws John and Cleola Beardsley, Dale and Cassy Mullins, and Jack Mullins; parents Alvina and Simon Gemaehlich; and grandparents Albert and Anna Kirschner, Tillie Kirschner Hamburger, and Johannes and Matilda Gemaehlich. In her final days, Wanda’s mind often returned to where her life began, on a farm northwest of Bessie. She smiled as she talked of milking cows, feeding chickens, and living the life of a farm girl. Graveside services for Wanda J. Mullins were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the North Burns Cemetery, Burns Flat, Oklahoma, with Euell Wayne Sasseen officiating. Services were under the direction of Musick-Varner Funeral Home, Cordell, Oklahoma.
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