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Mary Lou Wetwiska

February 7, 1926 — May 5, 2023

Mary Lou Wetwiska

Mary Lou Primm Wetwiska, age 97, died Friday May 5, 2023. Mary was born on February 7, 1926 in Keota, Oklahoma to Jerry Franklin and Cellie Belle Holton Primm. She spent her childhood in Poteau, Oklahoma, and graduated from Poteau High School. After graduation Mary moved to Tulsa and worked as a switchboard operator at Bell Telephone Company. Two years later, she moved with her family to Tracy, California, and always remembered her time there fondly. From there, she moved to Oklahoma City and met her husband, Johnnie Wetwiska. They were married July 2, 1949, and remained in Oklahoma City where they raised their three children. She was an active member at Village United Methodist Church and involved in many aspects of her children's school and athletic activities. She especially enjoyed keeping score for her sons' baseball games. When her children got older, she started a new career working in clothing retail at Streets and Kay Ann's in Northpark Mall. She also volunteered as a Pink Lady at Presbyterian Hospital with her good friend Diane, and at polling locations for the election board.All of her children raised their families in the Oklahoma City area where she loved being actively involved in her grandchildren's lives. In her later years, Mary joined Chapel Hill United Methodist Church where she was a member for the rest of her life. In 2016, Mary moved to Town Village Retirement Community and developed friendships with many residents and staff members. She enjoyed the social activities, played cards and games regularly, and loved showing off her family when they visited. Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Wetwiska; her parents Jerry and Cellie Belle Primm; her siblings Jerry Belle Chonister, Iris Babb, and Holton Primm. She is survived by her son Steve and daughter-in-law Becky Wetwiska; her daughter Susie and son-in-law Jack Schinnerer; her son Wes Wetwiska; granddaughter Annie and her husband Jimbo McAuliff; grandson Steven and his wife Marjorie Wetwiska; grandson Patrick and his wife Micalyn Wetwiska; grandson Chris and his wife Claire Schinnerer; granddaughter Casey and her husband Jace Henricks; granddaughter Tori Hardiman; and sixteen great-grandchildren.
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Sunday, May 7, 2023

Smith & Kernke Funeral Home (N. May)

14624 North May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73134

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Monday, May 8, 2023

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