Wilma Elizabeth FlegelFebruary 24, 1927 ~ July 26, 2017 (age 90)
Wilma Elizabeth Flegel, 90, went to be with the lord on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. There will be a viewing on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Juniper Ridge Funeral Home , then a memorial service will be held on August 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Powell Butte Christian Church, in Powell Butte.
Wilma was born on February 24, 1927 to Dietrich and Lenora (Ream) Cordes of Post, Ore. She grew up on the family ranch in Post, Ore helping her mother and father work the cattle herd, preparing food for the haying crews, milking the dairy cows and many other chores. Wilma loved riding horseback, and fishing with her family. She was active in 4-H as a member of Camp Cooking, Clothing and Knitting. Wilma was also a member of the TOPS Club in Prineville which she started, and a member of the Garden Club.
Wilma went to school when she was five and attended the Shotgun School till she graduated in the eighth grade, and attended Crook County High School in Prineville, Ore. Wilma graduated in 1944 and went onto attend Nurse’s training at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore. she then moved back to Prineville where she worked at Prineville Hospital, working in the baby nursery.
On New Year’s Eve in 1944 she met Elliott D. Flegel Sr whom she married on July 27, 1945. Wilma and Elliott raised six children while putting up hay on ranches in Northern California, Central Oregon and John Day. She also loved to see the newborn calves in the spring.
In 1998 Wilma was chosen as Pioneer Queen by the Crook County Historical Society. She was an active member of the Powell Butte Church where she loved to knit dish clothes for the Lord’s Acre Sale.
Wilma is survived by her children, Mona (Dennis) Hardman, Sicily (Dan) Harnden, Elliott (Gay) Flegel Jr, Theodore (Art) Flegel, Wade (Janice) Flegel, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Wilma is preceded in death by her husband Elliott D. Flegel Sr, infant son, her parents Dietrich and Lenora Cordes, her two brothers, Harold Cordes and Earl Cordes Sr. and grandson Kai Allen.
Memorial Contributions can be made to Project of Love (a Benevolence fun) under Powell Butte Christian Church or to the Crook County Historical Society through Juniper Ridge Funeral Home.