1924 - 2015 Norma Fredrick Wilder, 91, of Kountze, died Thursday, September 10, 2015, at Kountze Nursing Center. She was born on June 21, 1924, in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, to Beulah Stuard Roll and Fredrick Roll. Norma is survived by her son Allen Wilder and his wife Becky of Kountze; grandchildren Shelli and her husband David Edwards of Wallisville, Kathleen Graves and her husband Kirk of Houston; great-grandchildren Merritt Drewery of Baton Rouge, Tommy Drewery of Baytown, Aaron Wilder of Ft. Benning GA; great-great grandchildren Maverick Drewery of Baytown and Seth Graves of Houston. Her husband Hulen Wilder, sons Ronald, Jon and Carl Wilder, and grandson Corey Wilder preceded her in death. Norma raised her family of four sons in Baytown, TX. She was an active volunteer for the Texas Democratic Party and a member of many civic and local groups. Raised during the depression, she worked to support the World War II effort and later at Lee College in Baytown, where she was Secretary to the Dean, advisor and sponsor to student body clubs and civic organizations. During the Vietnam era, Norma became a Gold Star Mother and became politically active at the local, state and national levels as an advocate for ending the draft, voter registration drives and various civil rights advancement initiatives. She served on the Board of the Baytown Housing Authority to establish affordable housing in the community and became a leader of the local war on poverty and helping people in need. After losing her family home to Hurricane Alicia in 1983, she relocated to Hardin County Texas and began a slower style of country life. She was a founding member of Senior Citizens All Together (SCAT) in Kountze, where she enjoyed making new friends and being involved in local community activities. Mrs. Wilder's committal will be held at Broussard's Crematorium, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to SCAT (Senior Citizens All Together); 250 E. Deer Street; Kountze, TX 77625. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 14, 2015