Anita “Nita” Louise Wilhelm entered the arms of her Lord on June 26, 2018, while at home with her beloved Pups – Skippy and Latte. Anita was born on June 7, 1953, in Tahoka, Texas, to Roy and Alveta Wilhelm. It was Anita’s firm belief in God and deep love for her family, friends, and the innumerable babies she helped bring into this world that carried her through a number of life-long physical struggles. Her strong faith and love for others is what ultimately gave her peace through life’s journey.
Nita (aka “Niter” by her friends) was a 1972 Graduate of Kermit High School, thereafter becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse, and later attending Baptist Bible College, in Springfield, MO, as well as Tyler Junior College, in Tyler, Texas, through which she became a Registered Nurse.
Known for her ease in conversation, even with total strangers, Anita could strike up a lengthy, heart-felt exchange with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many whose paths she crossed, and who even now are being changed by her witness of constant, nurturing love and faith.
As a nurse working in Labor & Delivery, her signature gift of loving “her babies” of all ages and sizes will never be forgotten by the hundreds of people who were carried into this world by her gentle and loving touch. Being the “Queen of Detail”, she could remember the particulars of almost every birth in which she was involved, most specifically those of the “preemie babies”. Throughout future years, her love will be especially cherished by Eliana & Jared, her niece and nephew, who were the joy in her life, even in the midst of strife & struggle, and whom she loved with all of her heart.
In addition to “birthin babies” and her dedicated volunteer service to the Library (which helped to maintain her positive “addiction” to reading), Nita’s love language was giving gifts. Being the “saver-of-all-things-useful”, she expressed her genuine lifelong concern for others, in part, by passing onto those who needed it all things, both big and small, such as newspapers, paper rolls, blankets, plastic and paper bags, & etc… for use in animal shelters, veterinarian offices, and women’s shelters.
Being a decades-long member of Southside Baptist Church, Palestine, Texas, Nita also had the rare and beautiful ministry of mailing cards, letters, and newspaper clippings to her family and friends, sharing life quotes, serving faithfully as a Prayer Warrior with the SBC prayer chain, and interceding with the Lord for the lives of so many people, most especially her family.
Though she never sought to be identified as being an incredibly special person, Anita was a selfless sister and dedicated daughter, who in her Mother’s latter years cared for her with graciousness and joy, traits she learned by watching her Mother live life, and attributes on which she expounded through her kind, thoughtful, giving, and compassionate heart.
Anita’s Homegoing to Heaven was prepared in advance by Brother, Roy E. Wilhelm, Jr.; her Father, Roy E. Wilhelm; her beloved Mother, Alveta White Wilhelm; and her Cousin, Donny Davis. She is survived by her Brother, Greg Wilhelm, his wife, Monica, niece Eliana, and nephew Jared; as well as her Aunt Bonnie Davis, cousins Charles Davis and Terry Davis; numerous extended family across the country, endless friends, and hundreds of lives physical and spiritually touched by her love, care, and dedication.
There will be a Graveside Memorial Service held to celebrate her life on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at Mount Zion Cemetery, located at 3211 Mt. Zion Rd, Midlothian, Texas. An 11:00 am Memorial Reception will follow, at Midlothian Bible Church, 4250 FM 663, Midlothian, Texas 76065.
Flowers and memory cards are greatly appreciated and will be accepted by Midlothian Funeral Home (200 East Avenue E, Midlothian, Texas 76065), but in lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials in Anita’s name be made directly to Texas CASA, Ellis County CASA, Canine Companions for Independence, Houston Baptist University Scholarship Fund, or can be mailed to The Wilhelm Family, P.O. Box 2539, Waxahachie, Texas 75168, who will deposit the memorials with the named organizations.
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35)
Anita's family would like to extend their deep appreciation to her dearest faithful friends who over the years poured out their love, support, helping hands, and encouragement into Anita's life. We will forever be grateful.