Vera Marie Wilkey

April 28, 2022

Vera Marie Wilkey was born December 15, 1925 in Three Sands,

Oklahoma.  Her parents were John Peter Gartner and Rosa May Gartner

She departed life from her earthly home April 7, 2022.  She was raised on

a farm two miles north of Peckham and attended grade school at Vernon

District #15 which was located one mile north and one mile west from her home.

After finishing the grammar school she went to Newkirk High School at

Newkirk, Ok her freshman and sophomore years.  Since two trips a day were

taking too much time out of a farm workday, her grandparents Mr. and Mrs.

Sam Sharp invited Vera and her sister to live with them as they  lived in

Newkirk. That summer Braman voted to buy school buses so her parents

brought the girls home and they rode the bus.  Their second home those last

two years of High School was with Mr. & Mr. A.D. Garrison in Braman,  

Ok.  Mrs. Garrison made many delicious meals when Vera needed to stay

in Braman for any evening school activities. From graduation in 1943 Vera  

came into Blackwell where she started working for Southwestern Bell

Telephone Company.

She married Sgt. Alfred Hackler on September 25, 1945 in San Luis

Obispo California where he had just returned from W.W.II in Europe and

was awaiting orders to ship to W.W.II in the Japan area.  Peace was

signed and the wedding was moved to California.  This marriage lasted 28


They had two sons, the oldest, Dennis Wayne Hackler was born November

19, 1946 and Douglas Ray Hackler was born April 19, 1957.  The boys were

very special to their mother.

Vera was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star with 

membership in Vernon Chapter No. 424 of Vernon, Texas from April 1962

to 2009, and Fanchon Chapter No 53 of Ponca City, Ok from 2009 to the

present time.  She was Worthy Matron for the Vernon Chapter in 1979-1971.

She was also a member of Blackwell Charter Chapter of American Business

Women until it disbanded.  She served on the Decorating Committee several

years and a year as Treasurer.

She was an employee of First National Bank of Blackwell, Ok from 1980

until retiring in 1991.

She was a lifetime Volunteer at Blackwell Regional Hospital.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Blackwell.

She married Chester Wilkey in 1989 and was married for 22 years.

She is survived by her sons Dennis Wayne Hackler and wife Jeanette of

Arlington,  Texas and Douglas Ray Hackler SR. and wife Lorelli of Boise, Idaho,

grandson Douglas Ray Hackler Jr. of Pochaontas, Arkansas, twin

granddaughters Stephanie and Husband Danny Browning of Arvada, Colorado

and Niki and Kyle Maughan of Meridian, Idaho, Great Granddaughter Lillian

Rose Browning, niece Cynthia Ruhmann of Tulsa, Ok. and nephew Michael Sapp

of Yulee, Florida, many cousins and a special cousin Nancy J. Fetters.  She was 

so very kind and did many things Vera appreciated so much.  A special survivor is 

her little dog (a 5lb Chihuahua) named Koko.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Norma Jean Sapp, 3 nephews 

Robert Sapp III, Richard Sapp, Buddy Hackler, and many cousins, Aunts and Uncles.

Graveside Services at Blackwell IOOF Cemetery will be held May 4, 2022 at 10:30am.