Linda Nadine Wilson Ommen 1954 ~ 2023

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Linda Nadine Wilson Ommen was the second born of three children to James Blaine “Jimmy” and Erma “Christene” Miller Wilson. She was born on December 22, 1954. The family at that time lived on a farm north of Leedey, but moved when Linda was four to the farm west of Leedey where she spent all her Leedey School days. Linda was an excellent, straight A student throughout school. She loved math and excelled in all advanced Math classes. Linda even scored exceedingly high ranks at the Southwestern Interscholastic Meets her sophomore, junior, and senior years.

Linda was, also, an amazing athlete: playing basketball and volleyball. Her teams excelled in high school winning many honors. Linda was a starter on Leedey’s famous 1971 team that got three-fourths of the town of Leedey snowedin at the Beaver gym.

The team had played at Forgan during playoffs when a blizzard blew in. The bus and fans made it to Beaver where the Highway Patrol shut the roads down. The Beaver school graciously opened their gym and lunchroom to Leedey; the team and fans spent four days there using exercise mats and blankets brought by the generous people of Beaver.

In high school Linda was named 5 County All Star and 270 Conference All Star in basketball. She won Miss Congeniality at both Miss LHS and Miss Dewey County, voted Yearbook Queen, voted Class Favorite her Junior year, and voted Best Personality her Senior year.

Linda’s character and personality were admired by all.

Linda graduated with the Leedey Class of 1973. She continued her education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) majoring in Math. Her roommate was Dianne Ommen Owens: a Leedey classmate and best friend. Dianne recalls that Linda loved Carole King music, but the thing she remembers most was that Linda was a wonderful listener. She would quietly listen to anyone’s problems, and then, give trustworthy advice. Linda seemed to alway just stop whatever she was doing and just listen. Dianne already loved her like a sister when Linda started dating her older brother Roger Ommen. It was a match made in heaven, and Roger and Linda were married on December 20, 1974. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this coming December. Linda moved back to Leedey after marriage and commuted to SWOSU to earn her degree in Math Education in 1977. She taught Math at Vici and Mooreland for a time. In 1981, Linda gave birth to Rocky, and was an amazing mother while also being a fulltime farm/ranch partner alongside Roger. In 1983, Roger and Linda added son Ryan to complete their family.

When Linda became a grandmother, she was the best “MaMa” anyone could ever have. She loved Tinley and Lylah with all her heart and cherished spending time with them. She wanted them to be very creative and have wild imaginations! They spent countless hours in Playmobil City creating their own world. Linda was always very creative and loved to do arts and crafts, so she loved to share that joy of the arts with her granddaughters. You would always find the kitchen table covered with endless art supplies. She loved helping Tinley and Lylah learn to draw, color, and create things. Linda was always amazed with their creativity and had their arts displayed all over the house. If Linda and the girls weren’t busy with arts and crafts, they were playing Connect Four, cards, or dominos! Linda was never too busy to spend time with Tinley and Lylah and treasured every minute of time she had with them.

Due to her first back surgery in 2015, Linda had to slow down with helping Roger on the farm. She had always been interested in genealogy and started her hobby of studying ancestry. Her passion was to record digital documentation for area cemeteries through a site called findagrave. com. On the site, you will find many pages submitted by Linda Ommen. She traveled to cemeteries to photograph tombstones and grave markers to upload. Linda connected the names on the graves to their parents, spouses, and siblings on the website. Granddaughters Tinley Rae and Lylah Paige loved going to the cemeteries with their MaMa, and they understood the work she did on the computer with all the photos they obtained along with the ancestry research of it all. Rocky found Linda’s writing (below) in her office explaining beautifully why she thought what she was doing was so important. These were her words:

We are each a unique mosaic, made up of a random assortment of tiny, priceless, enduring time capsules of Ancestral DNA. A wondrous array of little genetic pieces randomly selected to fabricate the miraculous creation that is uniquely us! But our unique lives are not all happy fairy tale stories, and neither were the lives of our ancestors. Their lives contained courageous triumphs, as well as human flaws and failures. All of their ancestral milestones, good and bad, have forged the path on which we begin our lives. As we began our childhood lives, the single most important influence was family. Family is important! We must live our lives in appreciation for that family foundation. We must honor our ancestors by remembering their lives. We must document the stories with each other. So speak the name, share the photo, tell the story. WHO WE REMEMBER SHALL NEVER DIE!

~Linda Ommen~ Linda passed away Monday afternoon, January 15, 2024, at her home. Linda was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Wilson, by her mother-in-law and fatherin- law, Juanita and Oscar Ommen.

Linda is survived by her husband of 49 years, Roger Ommen, her children Rocky Ommen and Khoa Nguyen of New York City, and Ryan and Tessa Ommen of Leedey. She is, also, survived by her two beloved granddaughters Tinley and Lylah of Leedey, mother Christene Wilson of Baptist Village of Elk City, sister Joyce Johnson and her husband Red of Elk City, brother Mike Wilson and wife Jerri of Leedey, sister-in-law Dianne Ommen Owens and husband Johnny of Ft. Supply, along with several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews whom all adored her dearly. Memorial donations can be made to Leedey EMS-Attn: Ambulance in care of Shaw Funeral Home, P.O. box 276, Vici, OK 73859.

Services were held Saturday January 20, 2024 at 2:00 pm at the Leedey First Baptist Church with burial following at Evergreen Cemetery. Condolences may be made to the family at shawfuneralhome.net. Shaw Funeral Home of Leedey