Wilma M. Haddix, second child and oldest daughter of Newton and Mae Anna Tykwart Haddix, was born April 29, 1907, at the family farm northeast of Mason City. Wilma died Nov. 13, 2010, at the age of 103 years, 7 months and 15 days. Wilma died at the Golden LivingCenter in Broken Bow where she had resided for 25 years.
Wilma attended the country school known as Union School. As so many Haddix children went to that school, it was also known as the Haddix School.
Wilma stayed on the family farm most of her life. She helped her mother in caring for her five brothers and four sisters as well a nephew, Dale Haddix. After her parents’ death, Dale saw to her needs by providing her a home in Mason City. This was a new way of life for her, but she soon became acquainted with her neighbors, Sarah and Clarence Lamb. Mrs. Lamb encouraged Wilma to attend the Baptist Church and to go to the monthly Senior Citizen dinners. Wilma enjoyed these things and soon gained many friends in the small community.
In 1985, it became apparent that Wilma could no longer live alone. She was admitted to the nursing home in Broken Bow. This was another adjustment for her, but she overcame it with the good care she was given. One of the highlights of her living at the nursing home was celebrating her 100th birthday with an open house. Many of her farm neighbors were able to come to wish her well.
Wilma was preceded in death by all of her siblings, brothers, Raymond, Paul, Lee, Lennie and Emery, and sisters, Caroline Anthony, Bessie Klinkhammer, Irene Holmes, Esther Herbaugh and infant sister, Bernice; as well as her nephew, Dale.
She is survived by many other nieces and nephews.
Services for Wilma were at the Ansley Cemetery Nov. 16, 2010. Burial was in the Ansley Cemetery. Govier Brothers Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Golden LivingCenter of Broken Bow.