Josephine Willerton, 91, of Los Alamos, NM (long-time Borger resident), died Friday, August 17, 2012.
Josephine Louise Hill was born June 7, 1921, in Cherryvale, KS, to Harold and Grace Hill. She met her future husband W. R. “Mike” Willerton while attending Ponca City Junior College. They married June 1, 1942, the day of her graduation from Oklahoma A&M. While her husband served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, she worked in a lab for Continental Oil, developing airplane fuels. They moved to Borger in 1946. Her husband worked in the Phillips refinery for 37 years. He died in 1986.
The Willertons were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Borger, and then helped found the Faith Covenant Church. Jo Willerton was a gifted painter and teacher of painting, a longtime member of the Borger Creative Arts Club. She and her husband were square dancers for many years.
Survivors include three sons, Chris Willerton of Abilene TX, Keith Willerton of Borger, and Don Willerton of Los Alamos; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers.
A memorial service was held at 10:00 AM, Monday, August 20, 2012, at Faith Covenant Church in Borger, with Pastor Les Sharp officiating. She was buried in Highland Park Cemetery in Borger under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
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