Wilma Platt (1933 - 2015)

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Wilma Jean Platt
May 23, 1933 - December 24, 2015
In my mind I can still see her, it was May of every year I was young, making her way up and down the field directly behind our farm house planting tomatoes, cucumbers or one of a dozen vegetables we used to sell. Hard work defined her, much more serving others. Her name was Wilma Jean Jones, born May 23, 1933 to Elmer and Adell Jones of Hendersonville, North Carolina. During the first years of the depression this family of four including a sister, Vivian Grace, traveled across the U.S. settling in the Treasure Valley.
Wilma Jean, as she was called then, attended Nampa schools and graduated in 1951. She played softball in Kurtz Park as a teen and enjoyed Roller-skating. That's where she met the man she would be married to for 61 years. On January 22, 1954, she became Mrs. Wendell Platt and moved to the Huston farming area west of Nampa. She wasn't content to simply be a housewife, during the years on the farm she was involved in the community, ceramics, sold household products door to door, bought and sold real estate and ran a fruit stand from the time cherries came on (in late June) till the end of squash and apple harvest. Wendell and Jean could many times be seen with the local chapter of the Horseless Carriage Club. They would dress in original clothing going on tours driving their 1916 Marmon around the Northwest. With all that, she still found time to be the best mother anyone could ask for. Jean had three boys who still live in the area, Larry Brent, Michael Scott and Ronald Dee Platt. She would spank us for fighting when we were children and we get along great to this day.
Of all the things I can say about a life well lived, I would certainly be remiss if I didn't mention her relationship with the Lord. It defined her more than any one thing. She would on many occasions go far out of her way to pray and talk to people about the Lord. The understanding and faith she walked in brought people who would never darken the door of a church to a living relationship with the savior. Life changing events followed her because she walked with God - "The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits." Daniel 11:23
Jean is survived in death by her husband, Wendell; children, Larry, Mike (Kim) and Ron (Tina); grandchildren, Derek, Thomas Joseph, Garrett, Aubrey, Michelle and Marshall; great-grandchild, Lillian; and sister, Vivian Moore.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Dec. 27, 2015