Josephine Willerton, 91, of Los Alamos, N.M. (long-time Borger, Texas resident), died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. She was recently a resident at Aspen Ridge Lodge.
Josephine Louise Hill was born June 7, 1921, in Cherryvale, KS, to Harold and Grace Hill. She met her future husband, W. R. “Mike” Willerton while attending Ponca City Junior College in Ponca City, Okla.
They married June 1, 1942, the day of her graduation from Oklahoma A&M College. While her husband served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, she worked in a lab for Continental Oil, developing airplane fuels. They moved to Borger, Texas, in 1946. Her husband worked in the Phillips refinery for 37 years. He died in 1986.
The Willertons were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Borger, then helped found the Faith Covenant Church.
Jo Willerton was a gifted painter and teacher of painting, a longtime member of the Borger Creative Arts Club. She and her husband were square dancers for many years.
Survivors include three sons, Chris Willerton of Abilene, Texas, Keith Willerton of Borger, and Don Willerton of Los Alamos; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers.