Born in Buhl, Idaho, on Jan. 4, 1918, Wilma Eileen Althouse, nee Gregory, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 9:12 p.m.
Wilma and Larry Althouse moved to Kingman in 1961 and opened the doors of Clark Furniture in that same year. They fell in love with the rocky outcroppings north and west of Kingman and spent many weekends camping, hiking and collecting many geological samples.
A lifelong student of geology, she prided herself in touring “out of town” guests through the many backroads, pointing out locations of mines that she and Larry had staked. She would often pick up a rock and tell anyone listening where it came from and its proper geological name. Wilma surrounded herself with books on subjects of the exploration of this world and outer space and would read constantly while listening to her favorite Country and Western singers.
She loved traveling, being around people of all ages and walks of life, and having a good time – whether it was playing cards or singing and dancing. Wilma was 98 when she left this earth and up until the very end managed to beat her children at gin.
Wilma resigned as a full-time volunteer at the Foundation of Senior Living at age 90. Up until then she was working their computers and organizing programs for folks who needed home visits and meals on wheels.
She volunteered for the Western Arizona Council of Governments and she was a docent for the Kingman Museum. While owning and operating her business after her husband’s death in 1984, Wilma was a past-president of Business & Professional Women, member of the Soroptomists and a member in good standing of two Red Hat Societies; the Purple Prose and the Scarlett Harlets. One never had to look very hard to see the sparkle in her eyes.
A celebration of life is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at the Kingman Ranch Clubhouse, 1201 E. Jagerson Ave., Kingman 86409.
Wilma is survived by: sister Thurma Johnston, Golden Valley; brothers, Maurice Gregory (Melva), Boise, Idaho, Dale Gregory, Wichita, Kan., and Robert Gregory, Tucson; daughter Penelope Meredith; son William Althouse (Helene); adopted children Eve and Wes Ronning; grandchildren Sandra Althouse, Alan Althouse, Jody Meredith (deceased), David Meredith, Karilyn Meredith and Julie Armenta (Edward), as well as nine great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.