Wilma Walker Strahm
Wilma Walker Strahm
Margaret “Wilma” Walker Strahm, 100, of Sabetha, died Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at the Apostolic Christian Home in Sabetha.
Wilma was born Oct. 8, 1918, in Sabetha, the oldest of three daughters born to Glenn and Minnie (Nohl) Walker. Wilma attended Victory Country School for eight years before she went to the Sabetha High School, and graduated in 1936.
She met her future husband, LeRoy Strahm, while roller skating at Sycamore Springs. They married in 1947 after LeRoy returned home from serving in the Marines. To this union two children were born. Donald was born in 1952 and Carol was born in 1955. Wilma worked at Fred Darval’s Drug Store and later at Paul Miller’s Drug Store. When Wilma wasn’t working in the drug stores, she was busy at home keeping the house up, cooking, butchering, gardening and attending her children’s events.
In the early 1970s, Wilma and LeRoy purchased the Fina Service Station in Sabetha. They owned the business until the mid-1990s. They were both active in supporting causes for veterans, especially since the war affected their lives so much. Wilma was a part of the Sabetha Ladies VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary, while LeRoy was an important part of the Sabetha VFW.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LeRoy Strahm; and her sister, Irene Williams.
She is survived by daughter, Carol Strahm of Manhattan; son, Don (Lorinda) Strahm of Sabetha; sister, Mildred Walker of Sabetha; sisters-in-law, Lila Rice and Darlene Drolett, both of Topeka; seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She will always be loved and remembered for being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
Funeral service was held Saturday, April 20, at the Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. Visitation was held prior to service time at the funeral home. Interment was made in the Sabetha Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sabetha Ladies VFW Auxiliary, sent in care of Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia Street, Sabetha, KS 66534. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.popkessmortuaries.com.
The Sabetha Herald 4/24/2019