Dorothy Householder Wilks passed away peacefully at her home early Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. She was 92 years of age.
Dorothy was born to Frank and Mary Smith Householder on Dec. 18, 1925, in the Fairmount community. The Householder family moved to Stuttgart and lived there except for a couple of years when her father’s job took them to Caracas, Venezuela.
Preceding her in death were her husband of 57 years Bill Wilks, her parents, and her brother, Joe Householder.
Survivors include her four children, Regina Wilks of Ulm, Ark., Terry (Teresa) Wilks of Burleson, Texas; Renee (Bill) Pipes of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Gary (Natalie) Wilks of Stuttgart; grandchildren, Jason (Megan) Curton of Fayetteville, Nathan Wilks of Burleson, Texas, Weston Wilks and Olivia Jane Wilks of Stuttgart; step-grandchildren, Eric (Randi) Pipes of Houston, Texas, Chris Pipes of St. Petersburg and Jennifer (Chris) Freeborg of Frisco, Texas; nephew, Joe Household of Stuttgart; and nieces, Nancy (the late Mark) Stephens of Austin, Ark., and Donna (Clayton) Fisher of Conway.
Dorothy’s life was varied in interests. Her beauty was showcased in Glamour magazine in 1949 being chosen as one of nine Women of Taste. In the early years, she worked at the M.C. John Medical Clinic. She was a humorous, friendly and helpful lady. Dorothy was proud of the home-site where she lived because of its history. It was the site of Adam Buerkle’s home, the founder of Stuttgart. The original house burned in 1960. Dorothy’s home was then built over the original basement. Her property was part of what was known as Gum Pond Township.
Dorothy loved the times when her home was filled with family and friends. A homemaker in the real sense of the word and an excellent cook, she always made sure there was room for one more at her table. She was a loving mother that was always there for her children with a calm, selfless manner and dry wit and was so proud of her grandchildren. Dorothy had an adventurous streak and was not afraid to try new things, even later in life. She loved to go places and was the driver for her group of friends as they all got older.
Dorothy belonged to over 20 genealogical organizations that traced her ancestors back many generations. One of her favorites was the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution where she was a 35-year member serving in many positions within the chapter. Dorothy was blessed to be able to participate in these societies until this past summer. She and her friends would travel for miles to be involved and to visit with the fellow members.
Dorothy was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church for 65 years and participated in the church on many levels.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to the wonderful caretakers who assisted during the last few months of Dorothy’s life – Bea Avery and Felicia Allen, both of Stuttgart.
Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Turpin Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 205 E. Fifth and College, Stuttgart. Burial will follow in Lone Tree Cemetery in Stuttgart.
Her family requests memorials to a Veteran’s Project of the donor’s choice or St. John’s Lutheran School, 2019 S. Buerkle, Stuttgart, Ark. 72160.