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Born: November 24, 1940

Place of Birth: Bristow, OK

Death: January 30, 2013

Place of Death: Tulsa, OK

Occupation: Childcare Provider

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Tulsa, OK

Elmira Yudean Wilson

November 24, 1940  -  January 30, 2013
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Life Legacy

Elmira Yudean (Bland) Wilson’s journey began in Bristow, OK on November 24, 1940, the sixth child born to Louis and Addie Bland. On this same date Louis’ sister Liler Maxey also gave birth to a daughter and named her Marla Yudean Maxey, and they grew up as “twin cousins”.

Elmira received her formal education in Bristow, OK, where she attended Lincoln Heights High School. As a child, Elmira and her other siblings dutifully attended Bethel A.M.E. Church each Sunday with their parents. Her father, Louis, helped to establish and build this church.

In 1959 Elmira moved to Tulsa, OK and started a life long career in the field of Child Care, that extended for 52 years. Her first employer was the Elaine Chappelle Day Care. “Mira” as she was affectionately called, continued her education and received her CDA in Child Care. She had a special place in her heart for toddlers, particuarily “two year olds”. If you visited her classroom she was always organized and had prepared daily lesson plans for her “babies”.

Elmira later moved to ABC Day Care Center where she was placed in an administrative position and had the responsibility of screening applicants who were accepted to that center. Mira was offered positions in many Day Care Centers. The Salvation Army North Mabee Center, Jackson Day Care, Bundles of Joy, World Won Day Care, just to name a few. Mira’s last place of employment was with “Little Peoples’ Day Care”, where her niece Consuelo “CoCo” Pulliam is the owner. She especially loved working with her niece because she had the chance to care for a number of her great-great nieces and nephews. Mira was not a baby-sitter. She was a professional Child Care Provider.

Elmira met and later married Rufus Wilson, Jr., on July 4, 1965 in Bristow, OK. They commuted to Bristow and continued to worship at Bethel A.M.E Church. She later moved her membership to Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor L.L. Tisdale. She was active in the Mission, and remained a member until her health began to fail.

In addition to her career and church activities, she always found time for family activities. Mira loved preparing delicious meals for her family, fishing, traveling (by car!!!!!!) and gardening and always had beautiful flowers in the yard. Mira was a very loving mother and grandmother.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm while a patient at the Colonial Skilled Nursing Care Center, the Lord called and Mira answered. She was holding the hands of her sister Garnola Bumphus.

Mira was preceded in death by her father and mother, Louis and Addie Bland, her husband Rufus Wilson, Jr., one sister, Mable Francis (Bland) Tease, two brothers, Jay Henry Bland and Alex Henry Bland.

She leaves in God’s care to cherish her memory: 1-son, Michael Dale Bland (Melody), Tulsa, OK, 1-step sons, Richard Wilson, Wichita, KS,1-step daughter, Earlene Ray, Wichita, KS, 4-sisters, Maudie B. Andrews, Garnola Bumphus, and Barbara (Webster) Tottress, all of Tulsa, OK, Myretha (Roy) Lyons, Haskel, OK, 2-brothers, Haywood (Lucille) Bland, Tulsa, OK, Gerald D. (Brenda) Bland, Houston, TX , 6-Grandchildren, Shatoya Bland, Kansas City, MO,Mahcoe (Tia) Edwards, Camesha (Robbin) Vann, Miranda Bland, Michael Bland, Jr., and Natasha Overstreet, all of Tulsa, OK, 17 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She also leaves a very special brother-in-law, George Tease, Jr., (Roberta), Kansas City, KS. We can’t neglect to recognize a “very special” great-great niece, J’Rielle (Tootie).