Weatherford Democrat

June 16, 2013

Mary Jo Wimberley

Weatherford Democrat

— Mary Jo Wimberley, 73, a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Plaza Medical Hospital in Fort Worth.

Service is 10 a.m. Monday, June 17, at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Weatherford. Viewing and visitation is 1-3 p.m. at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Home in Weatherford. After the service, her body will will be transported to Evergreen Cemetery in Lipan for a graveside remembrance at approximately 11:30 a.m. Her body will be buried next to her husband. Following the graveside service, there will be a private lunch for her immediate family members provided by the loved friends of Shady Grove Baptist Church. Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Formerly Mary Jo Claunch, she was born Oct. 1, 1939, and grew up in Weatherford. She graduated from Weatherford High School. She married Doyle Wimberley in 1958. She and Doyle raised three children and resided in Lipan as their home. He preceded her in death in 1983. Throughout their lives together they participated in community activities and worked together as owners of the Exxon service station in Lipan. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Lipan as well.

Mary Jo moved back to Weatherford after the passing of her husband and lived next door to her daughter, Connie Nichols. She loved her hometown and enjoyed her days spent with family members and friends. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. Her remaining years were spent among those she loved, particularly her best friend and brother,Tom Claunch, her lifelong friend Ima Lee Moore, and her trusted friend, Joel "Tex" Weger.

She raised three children, Dr. Alan Wimberley, of Pilot Point, Connie Nichols, formerly of Weatherford, and Melinda Johnson, formerly of Lingleville. Her greatest joy was helping to raise seven grandchildren as their Granny JoJo and was a significant part of their childhood.

She was a faithful soldier for Christ and told doctors, nurses and family members in her final week that she was excited and ready to meet Him face to face. Her life had always been a true example of Christian service and sacrifice and she was steadfast in this to the very end of her earthly life. Her legacy lives on in the family she leaves behind.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Alan Wimberley, and daughter-in-law, Bonnie Wimberley; sons-in-law, Len Nichols, Cody Johnson and Daniel Gibson; seven grandchildren, Isaac, Mandi, Micah, Clint, Aaron, Bayli and Tori; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Wimberley; and daughters, Melinda Johnson and Connie Nichols.

Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel