Wilma Goebel

March 20, 2013 • Obituaries

A graveside service will be held for Wilma Goebel, 88, of Roswell, at 11 a.m., Friday, March 22, 2013, at South Park Cemetery with the Rev. Dan Phelps officiating. Wilma passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013.

Wilma was born April 2, 1924, to Sterling and Maymie Parker in Fort Smith, Ark. Wilma and James were married on Oct. 18, 1981. [auth] She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved life, gardening and fishing. She also loved music and singing gospel songs. Wilma was always fearless and looking for adventure. She looked beautiful in her high heels. She will be sorely missed. We love you. Wilma didn’t wait for life to attack her, she attacked life!

She is survived by her husband James Goebel, of the family home; her daughters, Earlene Wages, of Artesia, Ruby Mahan and her husband Mike, of Artesia, and Terri Smith and her husband Chris, of Roswell; her sisters, Ellen Srader and Carol Willmon, both of Roswell; her brother Kenneth (Sonny) Parker and his wife Mildred, of Prairie Grove, Ark.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Sterling and Maymie Parker; her daughter Betty Matthews; her brothers, Haskell, Basil, JW and Buddy Parker; her sisters, Lucille Franklin, Sybil Dalton, Charlotte Parker and Sterlene Whitaker; her niece Joyce Lanphear; and her granddaughters, Thelma (Tammy) Dodson and Barbree Dodson.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Michael Mahan, Steven Mahan, David Wages, Harley Dodson, Nevada Smith and Tommy Harris.

Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons, Ronald Froseth, Darrell Matthews and Joshua Matthews.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online registry book at

Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

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