December 17, 2017 ~ September 7, 2007
LINDEN - Wilma Ryan Townsend died September 7, 2007 in Linden, Texas. A Texas native, Mrs. Townsend was born in Harrison County, December 17, 1917, daughter of N.Q. and Annie Rivers Findley of Ashland, TX. She was preceded in death by her husband Guy Gerald Ryan, in 1966. A retired teacher, Mrs. Townsend taught in the public schools of Texas for many years. Early in her career she was a licensed radio operator with the American Radio relay League. She was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and held a lifetime membership in that order. In 1969, she married Judge Cedric Townsend of Paris, Texas, and served for fifteen years as legal assistant in the family law firm of Aiken and Townsend of Paris. She was a tireless advocate for the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Association and served as a volunteer during the time she lived in Paris. Judge Townsend died in 1987. In 1997, she became a member of the First Baptist church of Linden and she was active in the ENON Crisis Center program, good Shepherd Medical Center of Linden Auxiliary and a charter member of the Cass County Conservancy. As a member of the Linden Chamber of commerce, she was active in civic affairs and recipient of the 2002 Linden Chamber of commerce Civic Award for service to the community. Mrs. Townsend was a member of the Cave Springs Friendship Club and the Writer's Club. She was a patron of Marshall Regional Arts Council and Music City Texas. Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Haskell of Georgetown; Patricia Keesee of Linden; and Susan Marquess of Austin; one stepson, Tom Townsend of Austin; thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Visitation will be at the Reeder-Davis-Schindler Funeral Home from 5 to 7 PM , Sunday September 9, with the funeral at First Baptist Church in Linden at 2:00 PM on Monday September 10, 2007 with Bro. Jackie Stanfield officiating. Burial will be at Memory Park in Longview under the direction of Reeder-Davis-Schindler Funeral Home of Linden.
We are sorry to for your loss. She was a very wonderful person.
In third grade, if I remember correctly, I chose to write about Aunt Wilma because I was struck by how sweet, gracious, and smart she was. I never saw her behave or heard her say anything unkind. More than thirty years later, I'm still in awe of her, and she still inspires me to try to be a better person. Her earthly presence will be missed, but I believe that we are all blessed that her spirit will be with us always and her pain has ended.You all are in my prayers.